“Powerful and raw, harrowing, and unsentimental.”
—Washington Post Book World
“Chilling, completely credible….[An] absolutely gripping story.”
“Mr. Lehane delivers big time.”
—Wall Street Journal
In Gone, Baby, Gone, the master of the new noir, New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island), vividly captures the complex beauty and darkness of working-class Boston. A gripping, deeply evocative thriller about the devastating secrets surrounding a little girl lost, featuring the popular detective team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, Gone, Baby, Gone was the basis for the critically acclaimed motion picture directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, and Morgan Freeman.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Terror sets in as a young child goes missing in this taut mystery by best-selling author Dennis Lehane. Private eyes Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro have been persuaded to join the police force’s stalled investigation into the disappearance of four-year-old Amanda McCready. As Lehane’s protagonists dig into the case, they uncover violent drug lords, suspected pedophiles, and worst of all, the possible involvement of the authorities. Lehane’s Boston setting is gritty and vibrant, jumping off the page with colorful characters and crackling dialogue. Gone, Baby, Gone is a masterful pageturner that asks: Is what’s right for the law always right for the victim? This is a must-read mystery.
Vanished, in this complex and unsettling fourth case for PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro (after Sacred, 1997) is four-year-old Amanda McCready, taken one night from her apartment in Dorchester, a working-class section of Boston, where her mother had left her alone. Kenzie and Gennaro, hired by the child's aunt and uncle, join in an unlikely alliance with Remy Broussard and Nick Raftopoulos, known as Poole, the two cops with the department's Crimes Against Children squad who are assigned to the case. In tracing the history of Amanda's neglectful mother, whose past involved her with a drug lord and his minions, the foursome quickly find themselves tangling with Boston's crime underworld and involved in what appears to be a coup among criminals. Lehane develops plenty of tension between various pairs of parties: the good guys looking for Amanda and the bad guys who may know where she is; the two PIs and the two cops; various police and federal agencies; opposing camps in the underworld; and Patrick and Angie, who are lovers as well as business partners. All is delivered with abundant violence--e.g., bloated and mutilated corpses; gangland executions; shoot-outs with weapons of prodigious firepower; descriptions of sexual abuse of small children; threats of rape and murder--that serves to make Amanda's likely fate all the more chilling. Lehane tackles corruption in many forms as he brings his complicated plot to its satisfying resolution, at the same time leaving readers to ponder moral questions about social and individual responsibility long after the last page is turned. Author tour.
4 Stars. This one was good but the subject matter was tough and actually slowed things down. Definitely their most difficult case so far. Lehane can really develop the mystery create an atmosphere that fits. The characters are excellent. This was a great example of the skill that has made him who he is. Looking forward to the next one.
Just as good as the movie
That’s it. That’s my review.