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Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro #6)

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“[Lehane has] emerged from the whodunit ghetto as a broader and more substantial talent....When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers a bravura demonstration of how it’s done.”
New York Times

Moonlight Mile is the first Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro suspense novel in more than a decade from the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling m
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Harper (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Dan Schwent
Dec 08, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2010 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2010 Will Byrnes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 03, 2010 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Perry
May 31, 2014 Perry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Magic Has Gone, Baby, Gone


Apparently, Dennis Lehane's publisher or his publishing contract put tremendous pressure on him to write a final Kenzie and Gennaro (a sequel to the surprisingly good Gone, Baby, Gone, i.e., a follow-up on what happened to Amanda McCready, the child kidnapped and rescued in Gone Baby). Based on the premium quality of all but one of the first 5 Kenzie/Gennaro novels, a reader must logically infer that Lehane’s heart wasn't in this one, that he "phoned this in."

The
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Jim
Apr 01, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 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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switterbug (Betsey)
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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Arah-Lynda
May 28, 2013 Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Eric
Nov 28, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Scott
Oct 29, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Dan Trudeau
Dec 07, 2010 Dan Trudeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rex Fuller
May 26, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Threasa Jenkins
Jul 07, 2012 Threasa Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book in the Kenzie series. It is the sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone, and it is one wild ride. Again, Patrick Kenzie is asked to find Amanda, the little girl who was kidnapped in Gone, Baby, Gone. Now, she is 16 years old. There is a Russian gang involved. This was a very exciting book. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Andrew Kaufman
Oct 30, 2011 Andrew Kaufman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 was enraged when Dennis 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 book
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Barbara
Nov 04, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kim
May 31, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sam Quixote
Jul 21, 2011 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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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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Hilary
Nov 14, 2010 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Adam
Dec 30, 2010 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ed
May 30, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick and Angie (their little girl is Gabby) are back along with psychopath sidekick Bubba in this sturdy PI yarn. Our detectives are broke when Patrick takes on a missing person case. Mr. Lehane's hardboiled prose is sharp, witty, and precise. I read the early titles to the series, remember liking them, but not much else sticks with me. In Moonlight Mile, the PIs are now in their forties, and perhaps the right adjustments are still taking place for their middle-age. At any rate, I hope the po ...more
Nate
Nov 05, 2016 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinda disappointing, really. I really love Patrick and Angie and I think that Lehane’s prose is some of the smoothest stuff you can get from crime writing but I’m not gonna lie, I don’t think this book cried out for existence like the previous five. Rehashing the case from Gone Baby Gone (which was a fantastic novel) seemed a bit uninspired and by the end I was just like...”Really? That’s it?” I never thought I’d get that feeling from a Lehane. Still, like I said the two detectives are still the ...more
Asghar Abbas

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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Mike
We return to the characters we met in Gone Baby Gone. The young girl, Amanda, found in that case is missing again. Kenzie and Gennaro are obliged to find her again. Kenzie is still racked with guilt for how he resolved the previous case and thinks he can make amends this time. She is now 16 years old and apparently a very smart girl who can look out for herself.

As we begin the story, Kenzie and Gennaro are married and have a four-year old daughter. Kenzie is trying to get a steady job at a firm
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Mithun Prasad

Ever since I read the book and saw the movie 'Gone Baby Gone', the moral dilemma faced by Kenzie at the end always popped up when me and my friend discuss books or movies over a drink. Same goes for Mystic River Jimmy'ss part as well. We would debate for hours whether Kenzie was right or wrong.

We both thought the fact that we are discussing the actions of those characters long after its seen or read itself gives this piece of art its differentiating factor and that weighs a lot when you measur
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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.
Or maybe I will.
Maybe I do.
Driving down 93, I realized once and for all, that I love the things that chafe. The things that fill me with stress so total I can’t remember when a block of it didn’t rest on top of my heart. I love what, if broken, can’t be repaired. What, if lost can’t be replaced.
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