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Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro #6)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  13,055 ratings  ·  1,544 reviews

“[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

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2010)
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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
Dan 1.0
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
James Thane
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
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
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 in 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 to
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
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
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
Jan 10, 2013 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Dan Trudeau
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
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
Will Byrnes
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
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
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
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
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.
Andrew Kaufman
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
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
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
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
Sam Quixote
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
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
In the field of contemporary crime writers Dennis Lehane is the best. I did not start reading his books until after 1999, so I didn't have to wait 11 years for this next novel in the series which features the team of Kenzie and Gennaro, last seen between the covers (book-wise) in Prayers for Rain.
This man can flat out write. He has penned many a memorable line such as public outcry was loud enough to lead ships ashore through night fog and he can perfectly set a scene or describe a character i
Someone must have backed the Brinks truck up to the LeHane house because readers are now treated to a sixth book in the series... and you know what? It's pretty darn good. A sequel to what I'm guessing is the most popular book in the initial batch of books, Gone Baby Gone, LeHane makes the inspired choice to age all the characters and put them into new situations that bring out different facets of their already existing characters. I don't want to get into "spoiler" territory or anything but you ...more
I have never read a Dennis Lehane book so this was a surprise for me. The product description does not do this book justice. It simply can't. Reading over what the publishers wrote, I think of the voice of Law & Order (clunk, clunk) and it sounds so dark and serious.

Yes, the material is serious stuff; (clunk, clunk) Russian mafia, child kidnapping, child trafficking, murder, blood and gore, but dialogue is hilarious. Truly laugh-out-loud. Clever, quick, witty, and I really wish that Dennis
Diane D.
Welcome back, Patrick and Angie!
This is the latest in the series of the Boston-based detective team of Patrick and Angie, now married with a 4-year old daughter. It is also somewhat of a sequel to Gone Baby Gone, as Patrick once again must find Amanda McCready who is now 16 years old, very independent with a mind of her own.

The author does a great job of catching us up on what's happened since Gone Baby Gone. It's been many years since that book's publication so I was happy to have the refreshe
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
Man am I glad I finished this. I had to will myself through the last 75 pages. There's really nothing good to say about the book. It's a light read so it won't take you long. But the characters are fashioned out of cardboard, the plot is plodding, the writing is sluggish, and language is offensive.

Despite the B level screenplay quality writing, LeHane still somehow manages to allow pretention and condescension drip from every page. The only villain who rivals the Russian gangsters is the (totall
Sean Brennan
This book finishes the series that made his name beautifully, but I think it must be said that as Lehane as grown as an author he could no doubt write Kenzie and Gennaro stories in his sleep, so now was the time to pull the plug,it still ticks all the boxes and will undoubtably make a great movie. For Dennis Lehane onwards and upwards.
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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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