Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro #2)
The master of the new "noir," Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in this terrifying tale of darkness and 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 something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and...more
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...more
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.
This is Lehane's second novel. I read and enjoyed his fi...more
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...more
Again, as with A Drink Before the War, the characters are all tightly interwoven. They all have a history. The antagonist of the story, however, i...more
Não são todos os autores que conseguem tão facilmente fazer com que o leitor consiga transpor as suas palavras para um filme mental, sendo que, a leitura de Darkness, Take My Hand não é excepção à regra, conseguindo excepcionalmente assemelhar-se verdadeiramente a ver um filme numa grande tela, capaz de levar o leitor a ficar preso à história rapidamente.
Gostei da escrita, do suspense e das palpitações de antecipação que me provocou mais para o final.
O detective Patrick Kenzie e a sua sócia Angela Gennaro cresceram num bairro, de Boston, em que as ligações entre as pessoas são importantes, necessárias e mortais. São estas ligações que decidem se vives ou morres.
Tudo começa quando o detective Kenzie é contactado por Eric Gault para ajudar uma amiga, Diandra Warren, que tinha recebido uma f...more
A blurb in the book compares Lehane to Chandler, MacDonald and Parker. I actually prefer Lehane to any of them. I...more
Wow! Despite my hectic schedule, I read this book in a day and a half, even staying up until nearly three a.m. to finish it. Not only does the book have some incredibly good lines (see below), but the characters got under my skin and nested there. I've never considered myself to be someone who could love P.I. stories, but Gennaro and Kenzie have become people I'd love to know as friends.
Lehane writes characters who are real to the reader. They're flawed, loveable, irrita...more
I'm not over serial killer crime fiction, and so I found the plot of this one super engaging if sometimes painfully predictable. (Yes. Leave the fresh-faced rookie cop as the only one guarding two people who've been threatened by a team of serial k...more
What gives the plot its drive is a unceasing sense of threat throughout. By using the...more
This book was GRAPHIC (yes the caps and the exclamat...more
Avec l'ouverture par la fin, lourde de désespoir et de solitude, Lehane enclenche sans attendre une tension qui ne cesse de s'intensifier jusqu'à devenir violence, comme une force précipitant Pat Kenzie, Angie Gennaro et bien d'autres, (et vous surtout !), au fil de drames innommables et incompr...more
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...more
Those of you who know me —or my writing— are aware of my intimate relationship with hyperbole. I love saying "This is one of the best ____ ever" or "One of the greatest _____ of all time." This time, I really, really mean it. You can choose to take what I say with a grain of salt, that's entirely your choice, but I am 100% serious, 0% hyperbolic when I tell you that Dennis Lehane's Darkness, Take My Hand is among the best detective...more