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Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro #2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  19,785 Ratings  ·  854 Reviews
Master of new noir Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in Darkness, Take My Hand, a terrifying tale of redemption.

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro’s latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist, running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the m
ebook, 239 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by William Morrow (first published July 12th 1996)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
"Darkness," I said, "take my hand. Take Me away from this place." and Darkness did.

It's pretty good for a series when the second book of it is even better than the first. (A Drink Before the War) This book is that. I got really attached to the characters of Angie and Kenzie in the first book and this book cemented that fictional bond. You live in these books when you read them. Not that it's always a good thing, this book crept even my non-feeling ass out.

Kenzie and Angie take a simple case whe
Posted at Shelf Inflicted

This second book in the Kenzie/Gennaro series is even better than the first. It retains some of the humor of the first, but is considerably darker and more violent. Bubba, the one-man army who cares for no one but Patrick and Angie, has a much more significant role which involves a fire hydrant and a bowling alley. Angie’s abusive ex-husband, Phil, has quit drinking and starts to show his decent side to a point where I actually began to like the guy. Patrick now has a s
Dan Schwent
Just when things are going great for both of them, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired by a psychiatrist to find out who's stalking her son. Meanwhile, Patrick runs into a troubled girl from the neighborhood. But what do these two things have to do with an imprisioned psychopath who wants to speak with Patrick?

One of these days, I'm going to learn my lesson and have Kemper and Nancy pick out all my books for me. Kenzie and Gennaro are rapidly climbing my detective hierarchy.

Things have
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Tell me, what are all-time favorites made of? Perhaps we all have a different definition for them, but mine? I read so much that a great, even amazing book can get sidelined if it doesn't leave a mark on me. On the contrary, a flawed one can earn its stripes if the emotions it makes me feel are unforgettable.

I'd say that if there were one lesson to be learnt from this experience, is that Darkness, Take My Hand will linger. Oh, yes, it will.

a fucked-up male lead I grew to adore and for whom I
“If you and your partner aren’t civilians and you’re not cops, then what are you?”

I shrugged. “Two idiots who aren’t half as tough as we thought we were.”

In media res is a cute little story telling trick where the writer starts in the middle or with the aftermath of the action and then drops hints and clues about what occurs in what you’re about to read. It works really well if it’s some kind series where you already know the characters. I’m a complete sucker for this tactic, and Lehane uses
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

"Eviscerate them, Patrick. Kill them all."

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I can't say that I went into this book series knowing what I was going to be reading. I also can't say that it was what I would expect it to be. Thought provoking, beautiful writing is a high point in this series, and I'm ashamed to admit I was shocked that that was the case. From page one of book one, I have been enamored with the depth of these stories and the amazing writing that pulls you in whether you want to be sucked in or not....but maybe m
Rosa, really

I don't know what to say, except, maybe...

Now this is a read, motherfuckers. And...

Well, except read A Drink Before the War first because the idea of anyone reading series books out of order not only gives me an anxiety attack but it's just wrong and should be punished with jail time. Or a nice spork in the eye.

Anyway, I don't often get that ohmigawdIhavetodonothingbutreaduntilIfindoutwhathaaaapeeeens feeling, but I got it here. It's such a nice feeling. Makes me so happy to be a reader.

Love the
May 25, 2014 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mara by: Richard, Kemper, James, Trudi
Hot on the heels of finishing A Drink Before the War , I felt ready for another dose of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro in my life. Actually, rave reviews for this second volume In Dennis Lehane's detective duo series were what lead me to read the first. After all, what girl can resist a promise of serial murders and Boston days of yore? Not this one.

The case starts off simply enough, a psychiatrist receives a photograph of her son and a menacing phone call, possibly Mafia associated, and Pa
In this book Patrick has started a relationship with Grace, a young doctor with a daughter, and Angie has divorced Phil. But their life will soon be turned upside down. A psychiatrist hires Angie and Patrick to watch over her son who she is scared is a target by the Irish mafia. But they never imagine what the case will do to their life...

This book grabbed a hold on me from the beginning and kept it hold until the end. The first book was good, this book was awesome. The story was tragic, disturb
Bill  Kerwin

Scary serial killer stuff. Private detectives Kenzie and Genaro are likable, the killers are weird and memorable, and the Boston atmosphere is very authentic. Second in a series.
Read in January ... a better late than never, mini REALLY mini-review


Rating, 4.5

(City Hunter posters remind me of Patrick and Ange)

The second installment in the Kenzie & Gennaro series grabbed me from the first page. Darker and more disturbing than A Drink Before the War, again filled with suspense and great characters. Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro take a new case. A new client. At first glance a simple stalking case.


Than a wave of gruesome murders spreads through the neighborhood. A s
It's like a James Patterson. Only, you know, good.

It might seem churlish of me to criticise a 510 page book that I finished (and enjoyed) in record breaking time as being too populist to be truly great but the fact of the matter is that this series jumped from what I might consider hard-boiled and noir in to thriller territory marked for mass consumption by people who prefer their font to be on the larger size in the space of one book.

I complained in my review of book 1 that Lehane drifted far t
May 03, 2016 Brandon rated it it was amazing
A well known Boston psychiatrist has been receiving threats and promptly hires private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro to look into the source. What starts out as a simple task turns into a violent bloodbath as Kenzie and Gennaro’s world comes undone.

Dennis Lehane is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Where do I even start with this one? Darkness, Take My Hand takes everything about the first novel – A Drink Before the War – and improves upon it, which I didn’t think was e
Jun 21, 2016 Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Psycho Secrets in South Boston Badlands

This was my first Lehane PI novel, a psychological suspense that drew me in with an intriguing and plausible plot, in which the gritty characters were developed well enough for me to connect with them. Lehane created just the right amount of sexual tension between the PI partners, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, to keep an undercurrent buzzing. I found the story gripping as it threw me into a harbor of bad blood, mobsters and psychos in South Boston (Sout
Jun 01, 2016 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A priest getting shot and the serial killer who entered my life and the latest “ethnic cleansing” being wrought in a former Soviet republic or the man who shot up an abortion clinic not far from here or another serial killer who’s killed ten in Utah and has yet to be caught—none of it is connected.

But sometimes it feels like it is, as if somewhere there’s a thread to all these events, all these random, arbitrary violences, and that if we can just figure out where that thread begins, we can pull
Sep 13, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, 5-estrelas
"não somos nada, nenhum de nós, para além de um monte de órgãos e veias e músculos e válvulas suspensos em correntes de sangue, escondidos por exteriores frágeis, de uma vaidade inútil."

Este livro reconciliou-me com a literatura policial.
As minhas últimas incursões neste género revelaram-se verdadeiramente decepcionantes, por não corresponderem ao que aprecio num livro policial:
1. A Escrita.
Gosto de ler palavras e frases que me envolvam na história e me criem empatia com as personagens, de uma
Jonathan Peto
The blurb on the back cover refers to a serial killer. Usually that would be a show stopper for me, because serial killers do not fascinate me at all, especially the Mensa type that seem to overpopulate thrillers. If not for Lehane's reputation, especially among various friends here on Goodreads, I'm sure I would have passed. Lehane's serial killer does spout some spooky stupid mumbo jumbo, but by the time I got to it, I didn't give a hoot.

This is Lehane's second novel. I read and enjoyed his fi
May 06, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

Me and the little lady were planning on going to New England in the “Fall” and, among other areas, visiting Boston. This book did enough to make me have a re-think on that one! I mean there are serial killers roaming around for a number of years going undetected, mafia folk doing what mafia folk do (making people swim with the fishes), psychotic friends who like to use fire hydrants as a beating tool, and two private eye’s who are trying to figure out the whole sorry mess.

But that is just th
A brief history...I saw and enjoyed the movie Gone baby gone then found out it was based on a book then found out it was a series of books then promptly forgot about them. Later I read this particular book was quite suspenseful and nasty then promptly forgot about it and, well, here we are....

I'll admit, while I waa enjoying the book the first two hundred or so pages where not particularly suspenseful or nasty then the book shifted into high gear and gave way to a great story of tracking a coupl
Mar 27, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it
Please don't read if you have not read the first book in this series since spoilers from that book are below.

Well I definitely liked this one more than the first book in the series. There is one plot hole that didn't make a lot of sense to me, but other than that I really liked how this book worked from beginning to end. It also was short, but the flow worked a lot more in this one, so I didn't notice the length of the book until I got to the end.

Patrick and Angie take a case looking into prot
Aug 30, 2014 Hallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Well, that was fun! A bit light and fluf...

Okay, no, it wasn't. I seem to have been on a roll of much grimmer than I'd expect to like books that have worked for me despite everything. There are a couple of reasons this one did, and one of them is a bit of denial/compartmentalization (unless it isn't?) that I have to do. I can *just* manage to read books with high body-counts, and extreme violence or cruelty if the author doesn't seem to be saying that all humans are deeply cruel at some fundamen
Maria João Fernandes
Angie e Patrick continuam a fazer o que fazem melhor: a investigar em equipa. Porém, desta vez, o pior acontece perto de casa. Demasiado perto.
Os acontecimentos actuais cruzam-se com momentos do passado e o Patrick lida com memórias dolorosas enquanto luta, no presente, para salvar aqueles que mais ama.
Uma morte brutal sucede outra num romance policial onde as personagens tem personalidades fortes, histórias de vida complicadas e relações complexas.
Dennis Lehane não escreve para nós nos esquece
Jul 10, 2014 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I'm supposed to reserve my adoration for authors who are stylistic experimenters, boundary pushers, pioneers in voice and structure. But damn it all if I don't find authors like Dennis Lehane more impressive for how they take familiar genres and breathe life into them. I'll wrestle manfully with the latest Pynchon, for instance, but I won't enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed Darkness, Take My Hand. The second of Lehane's Kenzie/Gennaro books, it's a wholly original take on the private det ...more
Aug 14, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dennis Lehane is a guaranteed good read for me. He writes like Raymond Chandler channelling John Steinbeck. You end up with hard-boiled detective prose that strains toward beauty and a shimmering love for humanity. Another thing about Lehane though, his books can be brutal. The focal point of this story is darkness, just like it says in the title. How it touches and distorts not just the killer, but everyone who comes into contact with it. How even good people can be marked by it, and how they c ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
È inutile che io cerchi di essere obiettiva con Lehane.

Ritrovare il binomio Kenzie-Gennaro dopo due mesi e passa è il calore in persona. Non che loro abbiano da offrire thé, pasticcini e chiacchierate su quanto sia bella la vita, ma è bello sapere che dopo una giornata scolastica sfiancante andrai a letto, aprirai il libro e Kenzie, per quanto abbia veramente bisogno di un antidolorifico per l'anima, sarà lì e continuerà a raccontarti dell'indagine, del suo mondo e di lui ed Angie, senza esclude
Sep 19, 2012 J.P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If there currently is a better author at revealing the darker side of human nature than Dennis Lehane, I’d like to know who it is because he’s the best at it in my opinion. This is the 6th book I’ve read by him, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all.
Once again we have the team of Kenzie and Gennaro at work. What starts off looking like an ordinary case for our detectives quickly evolves into one with more sinister overtones. There’s action aplenty as the duo again collect injuries like trading
Bryce Wilson
Mar 02, 2008 Bryce Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I read this book on a five hour trip in the worst Amtrack in the country.

The reason I was on the Amtrack was because I had to come home after putting my beloved Labrador, who I've had since I was 10 to sleep, this being after I watched her suffer from a bad case of bowel cancer for two days. The entire trip consisted of Guilt, depression, and a severe case of nicotine depravation.

My traveling companions consisted of a mildly retarded woman who sang along with her Ipod the whole time, a man who
Audiobook re-read August 2014

Not much to add. Though I did again appreciate the way the darkness affects the characters. It's not something they brush off.

Original Review

This might be more of a 4.5 stars, rounding up, but any book that can keep me up way too late more than one night is probably pretty good.

This was a lot darker than the first one, but I appreciate the way the characters wrestle with the darkness and the idea of what it does to THEM.

I was more invested in the relationship this ti
Feb 05, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After devouring this novel I was drained. This is the second in Lehane's series featuring private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro and it really packs a wallup.

The first novel, A Drink Before the War, did a fine job of introducing these characters, along with an adequate story. This novel digs deep into the relationships of these people, and all the while we're being pulled through a harrowing serial killer mystery.

Lehane has pulled out all the stops here. Sure, there are many au
Hmmmm...someone liked one of my reviews and I checked out this person's reading list as well as their reviews and heard mention somewhere in there a sentence or two about heroes, one likeable, the other...well, more along the lines of a sociopath. Dennis Lehane, among other authors was mentioned in this respect.

As always, my curiosity was piqued, and although I checked out the other named authors I did finally settle on Dennis Lehane. It was a good decision. Perhaps one of the best reading decis
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Dennis Lehane (born Aug 4th, 1966) is an American author. He has written several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also called Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon (Lehane can be briefly seen waving from a car in the parade scene at the end of the film). The ...more
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Kenzie & Gennaro (6 books)
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