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Sacred (Kenzie & Gennaro #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  13,774 Ratings  ·  705 Reviews
Dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaroto find his missing daughter. Grief-stricken over the death of her mother and the impending death of her father, Desiree Stone has been missing for three weeks. So has the first investigator Stone hired to find her: Jay Becker, Patrick's mentor.

Patrick and Angie are led down a trail of
Published September 13th 2011 by HarperAudio (first published July 23rd 1997)
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Steven Fisher Yes. Patrick and Angie aren't so jaded that these big and ugly cases don't have a huge impact on them.
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I'm really trying to read this series slowly when all I want to do it gobble them all up in one sitting.

Kenzie and Angie are healing from the wounds from the previous two books. These two live a hard life.
The book begins when they both are drugged and kidnapped. When they awaken they learn that an old dying rich man has kidnapped them wanting them to take his case.

He has more money than he can spend and Kenzie and Angie will take the case because. Money. And because he is grieving for his re
Posted at Shelf Inflicted

In the third book of the Kenzie/Gennaro series, Patrick and Angie are hired to find a dying billionaire’s missing daughter. They learn that the detective he previously hired and who trained Patrick, has also disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

There are lots of twists and turns in this case, a grieving daughter, people who are not what they appear to be, a cult that exploits the grief and vulnerabilities of its recruits, a family who behaves badly, and a lot of m
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Edit 09/19 : As I can't help but reread some parts a billion times (GEE! (view spoiler)), I can safely change this rating into a 5. Loyalty and love will always win me, I guess.

"Everyone is suspect. Everyone is suspect.
It was starting to become my mantra."

I'll tell you this : Read this series, because it's basically awesomeness in a bottle.

You've got Patrick, sarcastic and clever detective who stole my heart (I mean - just marry me already), Angie, his
Bill  Kerwin

Inferior to the first two Kenzie-Genaro mysteries, for two reasons: 1) Kenzie is falling in love with Genaro, and he tells us how hot she is so many times that it gets in the way of the story, and 2) half of the book is set in Florida not Boston. I don't mind the fact that our two heroes are out of their element, but Lehane is out of his element too--and it shows.
Dan Schwent
Dec 08, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are strong-armed and then enticed by a billionaire to find his missing daughter, dead or alive, they have no idea of the web of lies they are about to be entangled in, a web that has already made Patrick's mentor vanish without a trace...

One of the reasons I've gravitated toward detective fiction in my old age is that I'm far more likely to be taken by surprise. This book surprised me more than looking into my rear-view mirror on a midnight drive and findin
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

Maybe honor was in its twilight. Maybe it had always been heading that way. Or worse, maybe it had always been an illusion.
Everyone is suspect.
Everyone is suspect.
It was starting to become my mantra.

It goes without saying that I'm a picky little shit. I have rules upon rules, and I turn down rec after rec from friends because I am just that critical. It's not because I don't trust my's more than that. Imagine knowing precisely what you want. And when you find it, your eyes light
Sep 22, 2007 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For most people, getting hired by a billionaire and paid a huge sum of money to do a job that includes going to sunny Florida via private jet would be a career highlight. Of course, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro aren’t most people so readers of this series know things will go badly. Hell, I’m surprised their plane didn't crash.

Patrick and Angie are still recovering from the events in the previous book. Their detective agency is closed for business, and they’re spending most of their time ‘goi
A Bone to Pick With Mr. Lehane
Well Dennis, I hope you're happy with yourself because you've pretty much shot my street cred with your depiction of Marblehead in this one—all those years of referring to it as M'hood, my clever use of the zip code in dubbing the town police force the "0194-five-oh," all shattered as soon as Patrick Kenzie wakes up in the mansion of a mysterious billionaire (the dimensions of which I'm pretty sure wouldn't actually fit anywhere on the Marblehead Neck, so there!) On
Rosa, really

Damn good book in a damn good series.

This one is pretty twisty. Kenzie and Ange are still recovering from the events of the last book (Darkness, Take My Hand), when a wealthy man hires them to find his daughter.

Sacred started by going off in one direction, took a brief turn toward Carl Hiassen and then settled into the feeling that our heroes had wandered into the middle of Chandler's The Big Sleep.

I'm just sorry I finished it so quickly.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Patrick and Angie discover that they are being followed, but they underestimate their stalkers and they get kidnapped. "Luckily" for them, it's just a dying billionaire that wants to hire them to find his daughter before he dies. And they feel for him, especially Angie and agree to take the case. What could go wrong, it's just a missing person case? Of course, nothing is as it seems and this missing case turned out to be a much bigger case than they had bargained for and as usual, they just can' ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s something ugly about the flawless..

Following the events of Darkness, Take My Hand, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro have shuttered their agency and have begun to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. A year has passed when they’re approached (and by approached, I mean drugged and tossed in the back of a van) by an ailing man desperate to find his missing daughter. The pair are hesitant to accept but when enticed by a hefty sum of cash, it becomes an offer they cannot refuse.

Feb 11, 2017 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, 2017
Nov 10, 2013 Perry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pue la Merde

This is the worst Kenzie & Gennaro novel, nothing like the intriguing, provocative and suspenseful #4, Gone, Baby, Gone. Nor does it have the grittiness, suspense or sexual tension in #2, Darkness, Take My Hand.

Instead, Sacred feeds you successive lines of disconnected bulls**t, and asks you to buy the whole ranch in one of the most ridiculous plots in modern day detective/suspense novels.

In sum, a quickly forgettable, unrealistic (non-)suspense novel.
Scott Rhee
Aug 03, 2011 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot in the mystery genre, and I have learned to appreciate most of the formulas that go into building a decent thriller. The problem, though, with formula is that it makes for a generally predictable storyline. In a run-of-the-mill thriller, you can often spot who the femme fatale character is, or who among the list of suspects is the next to be "unexpectedly" murdered, or (in some cases) even who the killer is from the beginning. Dennis Lehane doesn't write run-of-the-mill thrillers. L ...more
May 17, 2014 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angie and Patrick have more or less given up detective work after a shootout that left them physically and mentally scarred when they are kidnapped by Trevor Stone, an immensely wealthy man, dying of cancer, who wants them to find his daughter Desiree who has disappeared along with Patrick’s mentor, Jay Becker, another Boston detective.

As with most good stories, the ostensible is rarely part of the outcome. This one truly has a plot built on shifting sands. Take nothing for granted.

I liked the s
Dirk Grobbelaar
This book just sucked me right in. The pacing is almost flawless, as far as this kind of thing is concerned. It's the third in a series, and there are some intriguing references to the events of previous novels, which, unfortunately, I haven't (yet) read. So, more books to add to my "to-read" pile.

There is quite a bit of wit and wordplay, which Lehane seems to handle remarkably well. I don't recall Shutter Island being quite the same, but anyway. Despite the fact that this isn't groundbreaking s
Jun 25, 2008 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The part in bold applies to the entire Patrick Kensie / Angie Gennero series.

After watching the moving 'Gone Baby Gone' I wanted to read this series of books. I wasn't disappointed. The stories may not be classics, but they grab you and you want to read to the end. Most importantly for me, I like the main characters. Even when they do things that make me mad, it feels like when I'm mad at a friend and I know I'll get over it. I can relate to them and I feel like they're my friends even when I
David Goode
I read this book in 3 days. While reading it was like 'duuude this book is goooooood, so much action, so many twists, give me more, give me more'. But now thinking about it in retrospect, having completed the whole thing it has more or less left me pretty dissatisfied. I read it a couple of weeks ago and it already feels a little forgettable. The book definitely mellows out from the first two. It explores more the relationship between Patrick and Angie, which is a good thing, and also changes th ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Johnny by: David Wilson
Shelves: mystery
Dennis Lehane doesn't spell out the identity of the incestuous hybrid if counseling service/cult. Yet, as clearly as Lord British' "Brotherhood" in the Ultima series of computer role-playing games was inspired by the Dianetics self-help/Church of Scientology relationship, so is the relationship described in Sacred--a relationship that is anything BUT sacred.

Lots of relationships are anything but sacred in this mystery. The patron is a Bostonian version of the southern millionaire transplanted to
I probably read this too soon after the far superior Darkness, Take My Hand, but in my defense, I was craving more Lehane. (And I still am. I'll probably get through the rest of this series as a fairly quick [for me] pace.) The plot was messy and unengaging and the "twists" seemed way too obvious, the characters were SO annoying (it's like being subjected to being an involuntary third-wheel to co-workers who are flirting and dating and being really obnoxious instead of just DOING THEIR WORK omg) ...more
Mar 15, 2017 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, in my continued rereading of Lehane thought this would easily be a favorite. While I can't pin point the exact reasons, I really disliked the second half. Perhaps it was the turnaround of the central character from an incredibly alluring woman into the murderous creature.

Two things, though. Lehane's frequent flashes of spectacular prose and more, his great wit in the first half.
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
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3rd in the Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro series.[return][return]By unorthodox means, Gennaro and Kenzie are hired by an incredibly wealthy and powerful but dying businessman to find his daughter who, stricken with grief by several deaths within a short period of time, has disappeared. Disappeared as well is the private detective Kenzie s mentor who was originally hired to find her.[return][return]So begins the 3rd installment in the series. The trail leads the pair to Florida and back to Boston ...more
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Jorge Castanos
Nov 05, 2015 Jorge Castanos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sacred" es la tercera instalación de las ‘aventuras’ de Patrick Kenzie y Angela Gennaro. Dennis Lehane es el autor y lo publica en el 1997.

La trama del segundo libro, "Darkness, Take My Hand", termina en la víspera de navidad; éste arranca a mediados de marzo, por lo que hay una distancia de casi tres meses en la narrativa.

"Sacred" empieza con Kenzie y Gennaro siendo perseguidos y, días más tarde acaban siendo secuestrados.

Trevor Stone, quién los secuestra, es un hombre con la cara destrozada p
Michael Bohli
Aug 15, 2015 Michael Bohli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Nach dem furiosen Start in die Detektiv-Reihe von Dennis Lehane und dem zweiten, ebenso grossartigen Band, stolpert die Reihe etwas mit "Sacred", oder "In tiefer Trauer". Sicher lich, die Figuren Kenzie und Gennaro sind immer noch wunderbar lebendig und man hat sie schon lange ans Herz geschlossen. Doch bei Lehane ist die Messlatte (und meine Erwartung) extrem hoch, es kann nicht immer ein Volltreffer werden.

"In tiefer Trauer" stellt wieder einmal ein harter, brutaler und lebensnaher Thriller au
Will Byrnes
The significance of the title is PI Patrick Kenzie’s love for his partner, Angie. This stands in stark contrast to the unholy relationship between some other characters in this tale. Billionaire Trevor Stone wants the PI pair to track down his daughter. Time is of the essence as the old guy is on death’s door. Adding flavor is that Patrick’s mentor had been hired to find her already and has now gone missing himself. Lehane gives us a nifty look at a Grief Counseling organization that abuses its ...more
Feb 05, 2008 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
The third installment with Boston's Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro.
I knew before getting into this one that it wasn't as good as Darkness, Take My Hand, but I've heard that Gone Baby Gone is pretty harrowing so I whipped through this one since I hate to skip through a series.

Sacred is a good read because Lehane is one of the most compulsively
readable authors out there. Even if this story doesn't come close to the draining experience Darkness, Take My Hand was, it's still worth reading, especi
Oct 14, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lehane just keeps giving us a better story every time. Everything I've said in the reviews of the first two books applies; great characters, setting & plot. The action is better, too. (The scenes are written better.) The plot was as twisty as could be & made for a wonderful ride, especially the ending.

I can't wait to read the next.
Patrice Hoffman
Aug 15, 2011 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by Dennis Lehane. He's easily one of my favorite authors. This story was gripping from the beginning and never let go. The twists and turns helped make this book one crazy ride. Sacred was a great way to spend a few hours at work.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Kenzie & Gennaro (6 books)
  • A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1)
  • Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2)
  • Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4)
  • Prayers for Rain (Kenzie & Gennaro, #5)
  • Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro,#6)

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