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Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro #6)

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Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood twelve years ago. Desperate pleas for help from the child's aunt led investigators Kenzie and Gennaro to take on the case. The pair risked everything to find the young girl—only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home.

Now Amanda is sixteen—and gone again. A stellar st

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Hardcover, First Edition, 324 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by William Morrow
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Dan Schwent
May 29, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
When Amanda McCready goes missing over a decade after Patrick and Angela found her the first time, the couple set off to right a past wrong. But what does the Russian mob have to do with Amanda's disappearance? And has she really been kidnapped?

Moonlight Mile was Dennis Lehane's return to Kenzie and Gennaro, or are they Kenzie and Kenzie now, after a long absence. While Patrick and Angela may have lost a step or two after their domestication, I don't think Lehane has.

Moonlight Mile starts simply
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Kemper
May 04, 2011 Kemper rated it really liked it
If Dennis Lehane would have ripped off Charles Dickens and started this novel with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” it would have been fitting.

It’s been eleven years since Lehane seemingly left his detective series starring Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro behind to do stand-alone novels and work on HBO’s The Wire. The last decade has been both good and bad to the couple. The economic collapse has hit them hard, and Patrick has been forced to do free-lance work for a large
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Will Byrnes
Mar 09, 2016 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
Shelves: lehane
Dennis Lehane returns to the world of Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and his partner, now wife, Angie Gennaro. He returns also to themes of parents and children that informed the five-book series Lehane produced in the 1990s. In Moonlight Mile, Patrick and Angie are themselves parents. Patrick is still working as a PI, struggling with some moral conflicts in his assignments from a prestigious law firm, while Angie is trying to find some sanity in non-life-threatening work. But when the aunt of a chil ...more
Jason Koivu
Sep 10, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Lehane, that guy can write!

I'm climbing on to the Dennis Lehane bandwagon really late, but I am fully on board! Even though Moonlight Mile wasn't ragingly exciting, it's so well-crafted I couldn't put down this story of a Boston-area private detective who gets into new trouble because of an old case.

This PI's career is coming to an end, but he doesn't know it yet. Russians, wunderkind and drug freaks all get the poor, aging family man deeper into the shit than he realizes he's about to fall int
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Magdalena
Jun 13, 2016 Magdalena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end, my only friend, the end – The Doors


So here we are, the last Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro book published. And by the tone of this book, I would say that Lehane has written the last book about the couple. Yes, I know Patrick shows up in FaceOff, but that story takes place before this story and is a short story.

I found it quite suitable that the last book is a kind of continuation for Gone, Baby, Gone with Patrick and Angie once again trying
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James Thane
Aug 31, 2011 James Thane rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
At the beginning of his writing career, Dennis Lehane wrote an excellent series of gritty P.I. novels set in Boston and featuring Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, detectives who operated out of an office in a church bell tower. The 1998 entry was Gone, Baby, Gone, in which the detectives mounted a long search for a missing four-year-old girl named Amanda McCready. The girl had been kidnapped from an abusive mother and a generally miserable home environment and left in the care of a stable, midd ...more
Jim
Oct 22, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, this was well written & every time I thought the obvious would happen, it didn't, but it was just depressing the whole way through. A dozen years after Gone, Baby, Gone, Amanda has gone missing again & the past is dredged up again, but with twists tied by a master. Lehane addresses some tough issues & they certainly made me think. I didn't come to any conclusions, though. It sucks to do the right, legal thing & still be wrong.

This hit home hard because I've raised 3 ki
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Richard
May 29, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
8/10

Major caveat to this book; do not read this without reading “Gone, Baby, Gone” or at the very least seeing the movie version. The plot developments in that book heavily influence what is going on in this book.

To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend anyone new to Lehane’s work to this one. Whilst it’s a good read it’s not his best and is probably the weakest of the 6 Kenzie and Genaro novels. This is no bad thing mind; I’d much rather read a below-par Lehane than some people on their finest form.

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Arah-Lynda
Jun 04, 2013 Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-said
So I picked this up at my local superstore. Bargain bin…. $3 hard cover; Dennis Lehane why not? I had read Shutter Island and liked it. And so it was that I even started reading this, sans knowledge, until a nagging familiarity prevailed and I realized this was the sequel to Gone,Baby,Gone. Never read that, but saw the movie.

The theme of moral dilemma that permeates that story is alive and well here. Only different…… more grey and black, less white!

Thinking this was a 3.5, I pondered having re
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switterbug (Betsey)
Sep 21, 2013 switterbug (Betsey) rated it did not like it
I have read all of Lehane's stand-alones, and especially enjoyed Mystic River. This is my first "Patrick and Angie" book, and I was thoroughly disappointed by it.

This novel appears to have been written primarily as a screenplay, one that panders to a fist-in-the-air high-five PC audience. If you removed all the unnecessary filler of political references, you could probably cut out 40 pages. (I agree with many of the references, but I don't agree that they belong in this book). It was overt and p
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Perry
Jun 07, 2016 Perry rated it it was ok
The Magic's Gone, Baby, Gone

I can only conclude from this dull thriller that Dennis Lehane's publisher or his publishing contract put tremendous pressure and/or a deadline on him to write a final Kenzie and Gennaro (or a sequel to the great Gone, Baby, Gone, or a follow-up on whatever happened to Amanda McCready, the child kidnapped and rescued in GBG).

I cannot help but believe, based on the fine quality of the prior Kenzie/Gennaro novels, that Lehane’s heart just wasn't in it and he just phone
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I revisited Gone, Baby, Gone before reading this one, and I'm glad I did. All the particulars were fresh in my mind, so Moonlight Mile was just a continuation of the story for me, with no confusion.

It's been 12 years, and everybody's wondering what ever became of Kenzie and Gennaro after they found four-year-old Amanda McCready. They're now Kenzie and Kenzie, middle-aged, with a four-year-old girl of their own. Amanda McCready is now almost 17, and she's missing again. Patrick Kenzie is still h
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Eric
Jan 10, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of gritty detective tales
Recommended to Eric by: Saw the author speak at a book festival
I saw Dennis Lehane speak at the Brooklyn book festival last year, and he was incredibly engaging. He was promoting Live by Night, which sounded very interesting, but wasn't out yet. So not wanting to leave empty handed, I wanted to pick up a book of his. There were copies of Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone, but I had seen the movie adaptations of both of those books. Then I saw this book, and remembering how unsettled I was at the end of Gone, Baby, Gone, I figured its sequel was a great plac ...more
Dan Trudeau
Dec 07, 2010 Dan Trudeau rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
Upon reading reactions to this book on Amazon, I've come to the conclusion that I'm a different type of Patrick Kenzie/Angie Gennaro fan than most. While I've always enjoyed the series, it sometimes gets a bit too cartoony for my taste. By that I mean the mysteries often go a step or two past plausible. While that's perfectly fine for other writers, I always hoped for more from the writer of Mystic River. Also, I'll just come right out and say I don't love Bubba as a character. He's a bit too ov ...more
Scott
Oct 30, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
Really felt like this was the last entry to this series and, if it is, I'm pretty satisfied with the conclusion

I'm glad he went back to the McCready case because that seems to have always weighed heavily on Patrick and Angie so it was cool to see them try to work through their past issues

It was just what I've come to expect from Lehane: fast paced, interesting characters, good story, and cold-blooded action

Barbara
Feb 26, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Dennis Lehane has always attracted me with his writing. As usual, I enjoyed reading this fast paced mystery novel,but it did not impress me as much as Mystic River. However he provided some good insights into human behavior,including morals and choices one makes for a lifetime.

Lehane's characters rang true, especially old favorites, Kenzie and Gennaro and now their little daughter,Gabby. Gone, Baby, Gone , another of my admired tales by this author, was recalled with the return of the star char
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Andrew Kaufman
Nov 14, 2011 Andrew Kaufman rated it really liked it
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Well, I was up to chapter eight--until my chocolate lab puppy tore the next five pages I was about the read. There may be a delay. UGh
Julie
Mar 17, 2011 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was one of those people that were enraged when Dennie Lehane gave that interview trashing the Patrick & Angie books. I love those books. They're real, raw, dark, and unflinching. To read him trashing them as crap was a blow and really offensive as a reader. Apparently he got the point and lo and behold, a new Patrick & Angie book!

For the most part I liked it. It was interesting that he went back to the characters from Gone, Baby, Gone. I don't find that to be the strongest of these boo
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Hilary
Nov 14, 2010 Hilary rated it liked it
This is light reading, even for Lehane. I love the Kenzie-Gennaro mysteries - this is sixth in the series, but the first in over a decade. More specifically, it's a sequel to "Gone, Baby, Gone" in which Patrick Kenzie investigates the abduction of four-year-old Amanda McCready. Now, twelve years later, Amanda has disappeared again....

Patrick and Angie have aged in real time, so this is a different take on some favorite characters: they have a daughter of their own now, and they aren't quite so r
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Sam Quixote
Dec 11, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
11 years after Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro found Amanda McCready in "Gone, Baby, Gone" she's disappeared again! Russian mobsters are after her as Kenzie and Gennaro hit her trail as well as wannabe gangsters, but as they investigate Amanda's sad life in the years following her return to her biological drug addled abusive mother, a strange picture emerges of the person she became. And what does the riddle mean - five people went into a room, two people died, but four came out?

I really enjoy
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Adam
Dec 30, 2010 Adam rated it liked it
Shelves: black-comedy, noir
Moonlit Mile the title continuing Lehane’s healthy obsession with Mick Taylor era Rolling Stones, is the final note in the Kenzie/Gennaro series. It gives bittersweet and optimistic closure that doesn’t feel pandering. This series was good for comic banter, moments of extreme darkness and violence, quirky characters with one only approaching a true classic, that was Gone, Baby Gone, which this is a direct sequel to. That book nailed such an important element of the American character in such a t ...more
Asghar Abbas
Jan 31, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it liked it

Meh, could have been better, should have been.

Felt like he was forced to conclude this and conclude it this way. Though it was nice to know what happened to the missing girl after she was found and returned to her mother. The fact that Lehane pretty much admitted what Patrick did at the end of Gone Baby Gone was wrong even though he was right to do so, made this book feel even more like a codicil. And that took a lot out of it for me. Because in my opinion Gone Baby Gone, both the movie and the
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Jude
Jun 01, 2015 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
More than with most, it is impossible to separate this book from its narration, which is brilliant, and so this review is an appreciation of just that. For the record, I like LeHane a lot- his prose alone is stylized , insightful, and entertaining enough to keep me listening, and then, ya know, he tells compelling stories.

So - what I heard.
Jonathan Davis delivers the entire first person narrative in a natural, unaffected working class Boston accent, except for dialog from other voices than priva
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Kim
May 31, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013booksread
I'm a huge Lehane fan, but until I started reading this I'd forgotten just how GOOD his prose is. This book is a joy to read at every moment, and I read the whole thing in a day, without even trying. This is a pretty worthy sequel to "Gone Baby Gone" as well, a story I'm pretty emotionally connected to. (Although I actually think the movie is slightly better than the book in that case.) Now I'm just wondering why this book sat on my "to read" shelf as long as it did.
Rex Fuller
May 28, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
What I want to say would be 100% spoiler. So, just please understand Lehane's Kenzie and Kenzie (nee Gennaro) are at their best here and very big differences are both present and forecasted. Bubba Rogowski is here too and some very cleverly drawn East European mobsters. Well worth reading. I continue to hope Bubba becomes the lead character, at least once.
RunRachelRun
Oct 22, 2011 RunRachelRun rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Ok, since I'm such a rabid fan of Dennis Lehane and wholeheartedly recommend his Kenzie & Gennaro books to everyone and anyone, I'm going to be brutally honest. This, desparingly, is not up to his standards. Two days ago, I had a 9 PM flight from Atlanta to Orlando, and I'm always early for flights, particularly if it's for work - a) it's not my money I'm spending and b) how awful it would be to have to call and say you missed the flight... ugh. So I know that I'm going to have time to brows ...more
Kelly Hager
Sep 21, 2010 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
This is a Kenzie/Gennaro book and is also a sequel to Gone Baby Gone. In that book, a four-year-old girl goes missing and Patrick and Angie have to find her.

In this book, the girl is now 16 and is missing again–a runaway this time. Her mom (who, of course, is the same stellar parent she was in Gone Baby Gone) says her daughter is fine, but her aunt doesn’t believe it. She gets Patrick to agree to look for her again.

I love Patrick and Angie and I was really happy when I read that there was going
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Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it it was amazing
I had read seven of Lehane's novels (including all five of the works that star Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro), so I was thrilled when I saw that Lehane had written a new Kenzie/Gennaro novel and was coming to a local bookstore to sign copies. The event was fantastic, as Lehane explained why he had left these characters alone for years and why he brought them back in such a different stage of life (part of the answer is that for five novels, Patrick explored his identity as the son of a compli ...more
Sue
Dec 19, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing
What an amazing end--and I feel it is likely the end--to the Kenzie/Gennaro saga. I love these books, and I applaud Mr. Lehane for always bringing love, care, and a healthy dose of cynicism and a good hard look at the world when he writes them.

I thought a lot about the comic For Better or For Worse, by Lynn Johnston, when I read this. Remember when Farley the dog died and so many people were so very angry? Ms. Johnston replied that she couldn't keep her characters in a bubble, always staying 6 y
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Carol
Oct 25, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it
There's lots of excitement surrounding Moonlight Mile due to hit the streets in early November. I was thrilled to get a galley from Harper Collins. I deliberately set aside some time this past weekend to settle in and enjoy. Lehane hasn't written a book in the Kenzie and Gennaro series since Prayers for Rain (1999). In Moonlight Mile, the detective partners are back in full swing. If you remember the excellent Gone Baby Gone, the fourth in the series, you'll remember that Kenzie's mission that t ...more
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  • A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1)
  • Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2)
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“My daughter squealed again and both Bubba and I winced. It’s not an attractive sound, that. It’s high-pitched and it enters your ear canals like hot glass. No matter how much I love my daughter, I will never love her squealing.
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Maybe I do.
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