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Dennis Lehane won a Shamus Award for A Drink Before the War, his first book about working-class Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. His second in the series, Darkness, Take My Hand, got the kind of high octane reviews that careers are made of. Now Lehane not only survives the dreaded third-book curse, he beats it to death with a stick. Sacred is a dark and ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 1998 by HarperTorch (first published July 23rd 1997)
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Nancy
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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
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Dan Schwent
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
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Kemper
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
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Mara
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
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Magdalena
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 persons 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
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
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Rob
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 w
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Eric_W
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
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Scott Rhee
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
Megan
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
Johnny
Aug 27, 2008 Johnny rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Harry
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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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
Bill
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
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Tim
The previous two books in this series have struck a difficult balance between the light-hearted quipping of the two protagonists, and the grim, tight-lipped but ultimately explosive brutality that permeates the novels. The wisecracking serves a purpose - to show how the close-knit Boston communities can be torn apart by violence - between colleagues, neighbours, father and son, man and wife.

In Sacred the violence and the humour are there, but there's no connection. It feels like a made for TV m
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Jim
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.
Rae
After hopping around from Lehane to Lehane, in no particular sequence, I made the decision to begin his Kenzie and Gennaro in written order. Sacred is my favorite, thusfar, in the series.

Lehane kept me turning pages and didn't lose me with character and plot twists (my mind sometimes wanders). Not all friends were friends and not all villains were villains, but everything fell within reasonable reach of believability.

I think the relationship between Kenzie and Gennaro really firms-up in this ep
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Jessica
I get that crazy begats crazy, but these two are beyond ridiculous. Trevor Stone and his daughter Desiree make crazy people pause and go, "Damn, them two is crazy!"

I liked that Patrick and Angie ended up getting out of Boston for a bit on this one. The extra information on their background, and a glimpse into some of the people that were important in their lives was a bonus.

I was actually afraid that their relationship was going to get too cloyingly, sickingly sweet, but I'm glad to say it never
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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
David Mcangus
This is a difficult one to rate, because while I read it in a day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It's clear that when compared to his first two novels, Sacred is lacking the distinctive element that defined the previous books. In the first he displayed an ability to include intelligent social commentary in a fun, wise cracking detective story. In Darkness, Take My Hand he delved deeply into the nature and genesis of violence and didn't shy away from what he found. In contrast, this book ...more
Joyce Lagow
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 Bost ...more
Anastasia
La storia d'amore fra Anastasia e Dennis Lehane, terzo episodio: come Anastasia riuscì a non dare il massimo dei voti al suo cocco.

Cos'è mai successo? Siamo prossimi al divorzio? Una brutta frattura all'interno del nostro rapporto coniugale (con tanto di inconsapevolezza da parte del marito)? Un violento litigio?
Ma lo sapete che ci sto prendendo gusto a scrivere la recensione per domande? E se continuassì così per tutto il tempo?

No, non mi passa neanche per l'anticamera del cervello. Risultere
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Sarah
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I felt the mystery was not as compelling as the previous books. Could be that I read this one close on the heels of Darkness, Take My Hand. Sometimes, distance does make the heart grow fonder.

This time, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are trying to find a missing girl at the behest of her billionaire father who is dying of cancer. He had hired Kenzie's mentor, Jay Becker, to find her, but he disappeared right when he finds her. Kenzie and Gennaro then f
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David
Dennis Lehane writes gritty and dark mysteries with lots of violence and tough guy talk. While I was unhappy with last year's "gone, baby, gone" film adaption with Morgan Freeman and Ben Afleck-- generally I am a fan of these violent novels. "Sacred" begins with the kidnapping of our private eye heroes and then they decide to work for this rich guy because one of their mentors has disappeared while working the case. The plot thickens faster than the country style gravy my dad used to make in a c ...more
Cara St.Hilaire
Dennis Lehane can write a gritty, twisted thriller like no other.

This story starts with a father looking for his missing daughter and then hiring this relentless investigative duo to find her. From Boston to Florida and back, you are in for a crazy ride full of mind-blowing twists and shockers--evil, lies, and disturbing corruption--along the way. It will keep you turning pages and staying up all night to find out what happens next and of course, nothing is ever as it seems.

The personalities
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Margie
Insomniacs who are also booklovers must have at the ready a plentiful supply of pulp fiction. 3 a.m., when one is both dead tired and not at all sleepy, is not the time to read an interesting but dry biography. Nor is it the time to read heady, dreamlike prose (c.f. 2666). At 3 a.m. one wants something that's easy to follow, but not inane. At 3 a.m., this insomniac turns to P.D. James, Dennis Lehane, and Ruth Rendell.

Sacred is not Lehane at his best, but he's good at modern noir; even when he's
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Fred Donaldson
My first Kenzie and Genarro. Interesting read. Dark. I honestly don't remember the plot because I just finished Gone, Baby Gone too. Some language.
Ashvin
Oh my god. This was just... terrible.

The first two books in this series (A Drink before the War and Darkness Take My Hand) were decent enough... trashy, but not embarrassing. Kind of like the 1989 Tim Burton / Michael Keaton Batman movie.

This book was more like Batman and Robin, the one with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just... terrible.

I think that after the success of his first book, Lehane signed a contract in which he had to deliver two books in three years. Well, he spent 35 months on the first
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Ritchie
Desperate times call for desperate measures, for billionaire Trevor Stone this means kidnapping Kenzie & Gennaro to convince them to help find his missing daughter Desiree.

At first reluctant to help due to what happened in Darkness Take my Hand, the missing daughter being grief striken over the deaths of her mother, a good friend and also her father dying of cancer along with a missing PI, Jay Becker, who was Patrick Kenzie's mentor convinces the duo to help.

Mostly taking place in Florida aw
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Rachel
An entertaining read, and given it was the second Lehane I read this month, thankfully a bit lighter than the (excellent, but very bleak) Darkness, Take My Hand. I found the plotting quite obvious, though, and it's overall a less sophisticated novel than the previous Kenzie & Gennaro. But it's a lively read, and if you enjoy Lehane's style, this will satisfy. I'd suggest it as an ideal book for travelling - I don't know about you, but for plane and train journeys while I don't have to read " ...more
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