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Moonlight Mile

(Kenzie & Gennaro #6)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  20,818 ratings  ·  2,006 reviews
Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood twelve years ago. Desperate pleas for help from the child's aunt led investigators Kenzie and Gennaro to take on the case. The pair risked everything to find the young girl—only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home.

Now Amanda is sixteen—and gone again. A stellar st

Hardcover, First Edition, 324 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by William Morrow
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Mae It can be read as a stand alone thriller. I have not read Gone, Baby, Gone and any reference to that previous story was self explanatory.

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Will Byrnes
Jul 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Dan Schwent
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jason Koivu
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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
James Thane
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Moonlight Mile was sort of a “filler” read for me. I had picked it up at a library sale a while back and needed a book to zip through while I waited for my reserved e-book to arrive from the public library. Never mind that the only other story in Dennis Lehane’s Kenzie & Gennaro series that I had read was the first one, A Drink Before the War. But, never mind, I could catch up. What I found out was that everybody reading this book is catching up, even if they’ve read the entire series, because y ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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."

Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final Kenzie and Genarro book is very good, don't be afraid to read it. Be sad this is the last, but be happy that Lehane has given us a positive, life-affirming ending.

As the book starts, our beautiful Angela and Patrick are on the edge and it hurts. Lehane understands. The financial and health scraping and the fear, the anger over what the super-rich and criminal politicians have stolen from us, and it hurts almost everyone I know these days. (See my review of Borne here https://www.goodre
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller

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.

Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 kids & had a few t
Rohit Enghakat
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-thriller
This author is usually a delight to read. His writing style is fluid and easy to grasp with a liberal dash of sarcastic humour which I find it in a very few authors and that too a crime fiction author. However this book fell short of expectations. While all the above mentioned characteristics were available, the story line was a bit of a drag.

The plot involves Patrick Kenzie taking on the task of finding a missing teenage girl Amanda McCready who apparently has disappeared the second time. He h
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one seems like a real farewell to the Kenzie and Gennaro series. They both feel too old for this sh.. (Pardon my French!) Eleven years have gone by since they rescued Amanda, a kind of fix that didn’t sit well with Angie. And Amanda has gone missing again, this time to the hands of the Russian mob. But now Patrick and Angie have their own daughter. Life is much more precious to them, so, there’s a decision to make, and also family members to protect. That’s when Bubba shows again, and I am ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I had to start twice but it's worth it.

Patrick Kenzie is on a case of find missing 16 yr old Amanda McCready, she was missing in "Gone, Baby, Gone" when 4.
Kenzie married Gennaro now have their own family & a 4 year-old daughter.
Patrick does the dangerous investigation alone. After solving, Patrick throws his gun into Boston's Charles River & meets his family at Boston's Logan airport.

Ending he says..."I thought I’d get my master’s. I’m pretty sure I could secure some kind of financial aid, a gra
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
After shelving Kenzie and Gennaro for eleven years, Lehane returned to his signature characters in 2010 with the series’ sixth novel, Moonlight Mile. A lot has happened since we last left the detectives. Patrick and Angie have since tied the knot and brought life into the world in their four year old daughter, Gabby. Feeling the pinch of the recession, Patrick is stuck freelancing for a big investigation firm, hoping to woo them enough to be hired on fulltime while Angie is taking classes workin ...more
Bob Mayer
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A very disturbing book. I always enjoy Dennis Lehane. This sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone deals with the controversial ending of that book. Can the protagonist do the right thing this time?
At times I was irritated by the constant reference to old songs, etc. but then realized it was emphasizing the theme of the book by the time I got to the end.
Basically, this book is about adults having to grow up and accept responsibility. You just can't do whatever you want when you are responsible for other peop
switterbug (Betsey)
Feb 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Marty Fried
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobooks
Well, it seems pretty obvious that it's over. Patrick throws away his gun and gets a regular job, Angie is going to school, and they have a young girl child. I enjoyed this final chapter, though perhaps not quite as much as most of the others.

I did enjoy the villains, some Russian Mafia types. I thought the main guy that was after everyone was pretty likable in many ways, even though he was a bit immoral, I think. I'm not totally sure, as the people he worked for were totally crazy, and I'm not
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I like this author. He does so many things well. I love the characters. They feel genuine. They are flawed, but they know how to plow ahead. I also like the relationships. There is an ease about them that pulls me in. The natural dialogue helps with that.

He also has some great story lines. I love how he doesn't do "obvious". He knows how to interject some great twists. It keeps the pace going. So 4 stars.
Kathryn in FL
While I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this CD, I find it hard to write a review of why it was so compelling. The narrator did a phenomenal job with the voices for more than a dozen characters. I think that actually made the book more spicy.

The publisher's blurb summarizes the story quite well. This is my first book in the Kenzie/Gennaro genre. The husband and wife team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro must locate a missing teenager, only to discover that she has something that the Russian
Dan Trudeau
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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

Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Rex Fuller
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jeanette (Again)
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
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2011 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 books but by
A weak follow-up to the fantastic Gone Baby Gone.

I've been waiting for over 10 years to learn Amanda McCready's fate, so I jumped at the sequel which has the now 16-year old Amanda disappearing for a second time with Kenzie once again employed to track her down. The premise sounds amazing, but the plot's thin and predictable. Lehane, who generally specializes in creating memorable characters, failed to do so here. New characters were either generic or one-dimensional.

There were traces of the w
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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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