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A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane
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First in the Kenzie/Gennaro series.[return][return]Parick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are a private detective firm located in the working class area of Dorchester in south Boston. Weaned on the streets and culture of the Irish and Italians who are the largest ethnic groups in the area, Kenzie and Gennaro are highly intelligent, extremely good at their work, tough, and above all, knowledgeable about how Boston in general and their subculture in particular works.[return][return]So when a powerful politician gives them a seemingly trivial job� recovering some stolen documents from a missing black cleaning woman� Gennaro and Kenzie are, to say the least, wary.[return][return]As well they should be. This seemingly relatively innocuous job leads them into the nightmare of Boston� s gang warfare. Before the puzzle around the documents is solved, Kenzie and Gennaro will journey through some of the roughest territory on Boston� s streets and be forced to deal with some of the ugliest aspects of human behavior. [return][return]Everything about this book is outstanding: the plotting, the evocation of Boston� s working class neighborhoods and ambience, the characters� all of them, from protagonists to minor players� original and with distinct voices of their own, and above all, truly superior writing.[return][return]This is a superior book in any genre. Highly recommended.
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