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Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane
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Dec 27, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: action-thriller, hardboiled, mystery, new-york-times-best-seller, read-in-2010, reviewed, series, thriller
Read in January, 2010

Private Eye Patrick Kenzie has lost some of his zest for his job since Angela Gennaro left their partnership.

He's hired by a young woman, Karen Nichols, to stop a stalker from pestering her.

Patrick and his friend, Bubba, scare off the attempted assailant. Patrick also gets Karen's auto insurance company to pay a bill they were denying, claiming that the coverage had lapsed.

Kenzie thinks that the case is over and when he gets a call from Karen a bit later, he doesn't think it's anything urgent so doesn't get around to answering it. He's startled to find that soon after, Karen commits suicide by jumping from a high rise office building.

In shame and with a sense of guilt, Patrick tries to recreate Karen's days since he last saw her. He finds a plot to destroy her life and her very will to live.

He tells Angela of what happened and persuades her to rejoin him. Together, they go into the reasons why someone would want to destroy another person and why would they even think of doing so to such a nice woman.

Lehane tells an intriguing story of the depths to which a person could sink. Variations of this theme have been told in the past, but in this case, Lehane does the job well and is able to get the reader involved in the story's outcome.

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are always interesting to read about and their dialogue with each other and the other characters they come across, make them a special couple.

This was a most enjoyable read.

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Wilhelmina Jenkins I wish that Lehane would return to Bostonian mysteries. I miss them.

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