“[Lehane has] emerged from the whodunit ghetto as a broader and more substantial talent....When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers a bravura demonstration of how it’s done.”
—New York Times
Moonlight Mile is the first Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro suspense novel in more than a decade from the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling master of the new noir, Dennis Lehane. An explosive tale of vengeance and redemption—the brilliant sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone—Moonlight Mile returns Lehane’s unforgettable and deeply human detective duo to the mean streets of blue collar Boston to investigate the second disappearance of Amanda McCready, now sixteen years old. After his remarkable success with Mystic River, Shutter Island, and The Given Day, the celebrated author whom the Washington Post praises as, “one of those brave new detective stylists who is not afraid of fooling around with the genre’s traditions,” returns to his roots—and the result, as always, is electrifying.
An old case takes on new dimensions in Lehane's sixth crime novel to feature Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, last seen in 1999's Prayers for Rain. Twelve years earlier, in 1998's Gone, Baby, Gone, Patrick and Angie investigated the kidnapping of four-year-old Amanda McCready. The case drove a temporary wedge between the pair after Patrick returned Amanda to her mother's neglectful care. Now Patrick and Angie are married, the parents of four-year-old Gabriella, and barely making ends meet with Patrick's PI gigs while Angie finishes graduate school. But when Amanda's aunt comes to Patrick and tells him that Amanda, now a 16-year-old honor student, is once again missing, he vows to find the girl, even if it means confronting the consequences of choices he made that have haunted him for years. While Lehane addresses much of the moral ambiguity from Gone, this entry lacks some of the gritty rawness of the early Kenzie and Gennaro books.
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I've read all of Dennis Lehane's books and have always liked his style and the personalities of his eclectic host of characters. Moonlight Mile wasn't my favorite of the lot, but it did hold my attention and as always, I love Patrick's sarcastic wit. It was refreshing to see Patrick & Angie as parents of a precocious daughter who is adorable but in a maddening way. The plot wasn't the strongest but it did hold some surprises and the usual drama/violence of some of his prior works with some gritty & scary Russian mob characters. Turns out it promises to be a major turning point in Patrick & Angie's life. All in all, I think the book is very read worthy and interesting enough that you'll read it to the end.
A chance for closure
If you are fan of the Patrick Kenzie novels, this book is a must read. It would be hard to catch up if your not to familiar with past characters, but even if your not you still wont put the book down.
While this a solid book, it really lacked the raw fire and courageous attack on social issues that were the trademark of the series. While Lehane accounted adequately for the long absence in the series, it seemed like this was more a response to demand than representative of his trademark confrontational approach to force difficult social issues on his readers. Nevertheless, it still presented insight and challenged the reader to think about ethical concerns, which is a constant in the series; and, as always, the writing style was impeccable. A worthwhile read under any circumstances.