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 episode. Angie is grieving from the loss of her abusive husband, and the longstanding friendship between the two detectives becomes solid and important. They truly feel like partners in this adventure.
I only allow myself to read Lehane every other book and dread the day when I close a cover don't have another of his books waiting in the wings. My book lists are dotted with feeble attempts to appear educated and literary. Reading Lehane is just plain entertaining.