Moonlight Mile (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series #6)

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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane delivers an explosive tale of integrity and vengeance—heralding the long-awaited return of private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro

Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood twelve years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl—only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home.

Now Amanda...

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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane delivers an explosive tale of integrity and vengeance—heralding the long-awaited return of private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro

Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood twelve years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro 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. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, a mentally unstable crime boss and his equally demented wife, a priceless, thousand-year-old cross, and a happily homicidal Russian gangster. It's a world in which motives and allegiances constantly shift and mistakes are fatal.

In their desperate fight to confront the past and find Amanda McCready, Kenzie and Gennaro will be forced to question if it's possible to do the wrong thing and still be right or to do the right thing and still be wrong. As they face an evil that goes beyond broken families and broken dreams, they discover that the sins of yesterday don't always stay buried and the crimes of today could end their lives.

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In the late nineties, a 4-year-old girl disappeared from her home in a Boston suburb. Investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro worked overtime to locate and retrieve her. Now, a dozen years later, Amanda has vanished again and Kenzie and Gennaro are back on the trail. As they assess the case, they become convinced that the old case holds clues to the new one. Moonlight Mile is the explosive standalone sequel to Dennis Lehane's Gone, Baby, Gone (9780061336218), which received high marks from general readers and reviewers.

Art Taylor
Lehane's writing mixes the streetwise and the lyrical…In the decade between the last Kenzie-Gennaro book and this one, Lehane has made quantum leaps as a craftsman…In returning to his old private eye series now, Lehane has narrowed his scope a little: The social commentary is less nuanced, more direct, and plot twists are more prominent than deep moral predicaments. Still, Moonlight Mile should hardly be considered a step back. Instead, Lehane is a writer bringing new confidence and an easy prowess to a new chapter in an epic story—the Kenzie-Gennaro saga.
—The Washington Post
Janet Maslin
What…keep[s] Moonlight Mile from heading down an overly well-trodden path…[is] the conviction with which Mr. Lehane breathes life into these characters. Unlike the usual sequel writer who simply puts old creations through new paces, Mr. Lehane registers a deep affection for the Kenzie-Gennaro team and a passionate involvement in their problems. And he treats each book in this series as an occasion for wondering what kind of world can produce the depravity that each new plotline describes.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
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. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In 1998's Gone, Baby, Gone, Boston PI Patrick Kenzie rescued a four-year-old kidnapping victim and returned the child to her neglectful mother over partner and lover Angela Gennaro's objections. That decision ended the couple's professional and romantic relationship, although they briefly reunited in Prayers for Rain. In the 12 succeeding years, Lehane wrote several acclaimed stand-alone titles (e.g., Shutter Island; Mystic River) and his first historical novel, The Given Day. Yet the haunting conclusion of Gone, Baby, Gone obviously resonated with the author, as the result is this satisfying sequel. Now a freelance investigator for a white-shoe law firm, Patrick knows he was legally right but morally wrong in his actions years ago, but he and Angie, now married and raising a young daughter, don't discuss the Amanda McCready case. That is, until Amanda's aunt asks for Patrick's help in finding her missing (again) niece, who has grown into a brilliant but aloof 16-year-old. This time, he and Angie are determined to do the right thing by Amanda. VERDICT Longtime readers will appreciate how Lehane's protagonists have believably aged. Fatherhood has mellowed Patrick, but he's not above inflicting a little pain with the help of sidekick Bubba. Temporarily a stay-at-home mom, Angie misses the hard-edged excitement of her old life. A few false notes involve some cartoonish Russian villains, but the resolution, while sad to series fans, makes perfect sense. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/10.]—Wilda Williams, Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews

A modern master of suspense revives the series that initially earned him a hard-core following.

Before Lehane attracted a lot more attention through the film adaptation of hisMystic River(2001) and then made a major literary leap withThe Given Day(2008), the author had built a loyal fan base through a series of detective novels featuring Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. In this sequel toGone, Baby, Gone(1998), they are no longer partners as Boston private investigators but a married couple with a four-year-old daughter. Patrick freelances for a venerable firm that caters to the city's power elite, where he wrestles with the morality of his work but hopes for a full-time job. While Angie finishes grad school, they are all but broke. Twelve years earlier, they'd been racked by the case of a kidnapped four-year-old, Amanda McCready, when they rescued her from a couple who only wanted the best for her and returned her to her unfit mother. Now Amanda has disappeared again, and Patrick must decide whether to revisit a case that had caused his estrangement from Angie for over a year, and which now could threaten their domesticity and their daughter. As a return to earlier form for Lehane, the novel lacks the psychological depth and thematic ambition of his recent work, but its wise-cracking dialogue, page-turning (though convoluted) plot and protagonists who are all the more likable for their flaws extend the addictive spirit of the series. "When your daughter asks what you stand for, don't you want to be able to answer her?" Angie challenges her husband. To do so, he becomes enmeshed with the Russian Mob, shifting allegiances and a wise-beyond-her-years, 16-year-old Amanda, who rubs his nose in the aftereffects of his earlier involvement with her. By the breathless climax, it may appear that this book is the last in the series. But Lehane has fooled us before.

Welcome back.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061836954
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 165,363
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; Moonlight Mile; and Live by Night, as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.


Dennis Lehane knows Boston like the back of his hand. Born and raised in Beantown, he left to attend college and graduate school in Florida, but -- like a homing pigeon -- he returned soon thereafter. In order to support himself while he focused on his writing, he took a number of odd jobs that included counseling mentally handicapped and abused children, loading trucks, parking cars, working in bookstores, and waiting tables.

While he was still in college, he wrote the first draft of A Drink Before the War. Published in 1994, this Shamus Award winner introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, private investigators who live and work in Dorchester, the same blue-collar Boston neighborhood Lehane grew up in. Since their compelling debut, Kenzie and Gennaro have gone on to star in a gritty crime noir series acclaimed by readers and critics alike.

The idea for his breakout novel , 2001's stand-alone thriller Mystic River, came to Lehane while he was still writing the Kenzie-Genarro installment Prayers for Rain. The story of three childhood friends who share a dark past, Mystic River is a murder mystery with powerful psychological overtones. An immediate sensation, the book achieved blockbuster status when Clint Eastwood turned it into an award-winning film in 2003. Then, in his 2007 directorial debut, Ben Affleck adapted Lehane's favorite Kenzie-Gennaro novel, Gone, Baby, Gone, for the big screen.

Lehane's career shows no signs of slowing down, Since the success of his Boston-based mysteries, he has broadened his oeuvre to include television screenplays and short stories -- one of which, "Until Gwen," was adopted into a successful, limited-run play.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Lehane:

"My favorite job was parking cars."

"My favorite game is pool."

"I have an obsession with the color blue -- blue house, blue car, lots of blue shirts."

"I love good writing. Unequivocally. I think competition between writers is wonderful and healthy, but I never understood envy. When a peer writes a book that I know I couldn't have written, I feel the strangest elation because at this point I learn as much if not more from my peers as I do from the old masters."

"I unwind to Red Sox games and am a Patriots season ticket holder. The worst months of every year are February and March -- no baseball, no football, no point."

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    1. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 4, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dorchester, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A., Eckerd College, 1988; M.F.A., Florida International University, 1993
    2. Website:

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    Disappointed - read any other Lehane instea

    I was very excited to see Patrick and Angie return in a fifth book for Lehane, but found this one to lack the suspense and literary passion of the others. Too many modern references created the sense that this book won't stand the test of time - by 2011 it will be dated. That's unfortunate, as the others were great reads. If you like the first four, or Mystic River/Shutter Island, you'll read this one. My advice is to focus on the characters and how they've grown since we've last met - that is the highlight of the book.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    Kenzie and Gennaro are back!

    Twelve years ago, Boston PI Patrick Kenzie returned kidnapped four-year-old Amanda McCready to her abusive, addicted mother. When the now sixteen-year-old Amanda goes missing again, Patrick and his partner (now wife) Angie Gennaro are plunged back into this impossible case This case haunts them still because doing the "legal thing" isn't always the right thing to do. Amanda had been kidnapped twelve years ago by her concerned and loving Uncle Lionel and a few well meaning cops in order to give her a loving and nurturing home. Kenzie has battled his demons about this case before, in Dennis Lehane's brilliant Gone, Baby, Gone and Prayers for Rain. Patrick just wants his family to be safe and happy, so he's a haunted man until he can find Amanda again. These days the Kenzie-Gennaro household is struggling to get by. Patrick keeps the welfare of their young daughter Gabby in mind when he holds his nose and begins working for a large investigative corporation on a trial basis. However, he gets sidetracked from the corporate monsters when he is drawn back into the McCready case. Kenzie then finds himself forced to fight a pack of abhorrently brutal Russian mobsters that are somehow pulling the strings of those involved in Amanda's recent disappearance. I am a huge admirer of Dennis Lehane's books. I love his well drawn characters, his superbly crafted plot twists and his ever present mind games. This book delivers what we've come to expect from Lehane. Moonlight Mile is the "wrap up" book for these characters and Lehane provides enough backstory for new readers as well as those of us who were a little foggy around the edges about where we last left these people. I highly recommend Moonlight Mile and am sad that it appears that the McCready case is wrapped up. But then, I can always hope there's another story coming along sometime in the future. I just can't believe that we've seen the last of Patrick and Angie.and of course their trusty associate Bubba.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    Moonlight Rhapsody

    This book hits you like an elbow to the nose. You'll remember the shock and power of it for days to come. If you like a fast paced, hard hitting action story, with a definite touch of reality and soft touch of humanity, then you will really enjoy this latest suspense story by Dennis Lehane. This is a follow up to Lehane's, "Gone, Baby, Gone", a story of the kidnapping and recovery of a four year old girl. The story left off with the question of whether it was better to leave the child with the kindhearted kidnappers or return her to a dysfunctional mother. Twelve years later, the girl is missing again and P.I.'s Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro who found her before, are asked to find her again. The now married investigators are torn over the question of whether they did the right thing the fist time and whether they will be able to tell what is right this time.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

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    This is an exhilarating work

    Over a decade ago Boston private investigator Patrick Kenzie and his partner-lover Angela Gennaro disagreed with what to do with four years old kidnapping victim Amanda McCready, who they rescued. He followed the letter of the law and returned the child to her mom Helene; Angela disagreed vehemently as she morally argued the mother neglected her child putting her in harm's way. The child's doting uncle Lionel kidnapped his niece and put her in a good home. His Good Samaritan deed placed him in prison. Angela left Patrick (see Gone, Baby, Gone). Patrick and Angela reconciled, married and have a daughter. They have a tacit agreement never to mention Amanda McCready.

    A caller at three in the morning informing Patrick he owes her and he found her once so he can find her again before hanging up. The next day Beatrice McCready apologizes for the call but says she is desperate. She asks Patrick to find her missing sixteen years old niece Amanda. Initially he refuses the case as he has a job interview, but when Beatrice mentions Helene's sex offender boyfriend, having a daughter, Patrick vows this time he will do right by Amanda.

    This is an exhilarating sequel as Angela and Patrick are older and allegedly wiser yet both miss the excitement of the hard boiled case and long time pal Bubba still breaks heads. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Patrick's conscience gets to him and never slows down as he works his way through some mean streets and Russian thugs. The ending is super as realism prevails.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    Disappointing, but worth the read.

    I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but I will say that this is by far the worst book in the series. Typically in this series, the ultimate resolution is every bit as enthralling as the build up. Moonlight Mile, however, is pretty much all build up and the ultimate resolution is a bit of a head scratcher, leaving much to be desired. I like the idea of continuing Amanda's saga, but Lehane did a lot of reaching to make the idea work and it never really comes together in a way that is satisfying. But it's still Lehane so it's worth the read. I just hope this isn't the end of the series, although it sure seems as though it is.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    Well done, not the best but I liked it a lot.

    I have been looking forward to a new Kenzie and Angie book for a few years now. This is it, but for some reason it make me sad that this well may be the final book in their continuing story. They are somewhat settled down..thank heavens not in suburbia, But still in the Dot. I am glad my favorite character is back. I just love Bubba. Although I liked the movie "Gone Baby Gone" I did not like that he was missing from the film.

    The plot is quite good even in the action isn't as fast paced, the characters are well defined. Especially the newer ones. I found the Russians to be quite interesting, if not brutal and even a tad comical.
    They make the Mafia look like choir boys.

    Finding Amanda McCready again is the plot. She's a teenager with so much baggage and she is strong and determined and if not a totally likable person she's unforgettable.

    I recommend this for all of the Kenzie and Angie fans out there.

    I sure hope this is not the end.....only a new start to new adventures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

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    Terrific Read

    Dennis Lehane revisits the kidnapping of Amanda McCready from his earlier book, GONE, BABY, GONE. He's brought back Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, Boston private investigators, now married with a child of their own. The economy has hit Patrick and Angie hard since she's returned to school and he has been doing contract investigations for a large firm in Boston. Hopeful that his latest job for the firm will land him permanent employment with benefits, Patrick is sidetracked when Amanda's Aunt beseeches him to find the sixteen year old honor student who's missing again.

    While searching for the missing girl, Patrick is forced to once again face the moral issues of having returned Amanda to her mother twelve years earlier, a dilemma he struggles with throughout the novel. Assisted by Angie, his search takes him through the Russian underworld in Boston and a baby selling ring. Along the way, Patrick begins to reassess his own life and future.

    Not quite as good as Lehane's earlier books, MOONLIGHT MILE is still a terrific read. Lynn Kimmerle

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013


    I've read all of Lehane's books and his Kenzie-Gennaro series are the best !

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Another Lehane success

    Lehane is always very good, usually excellent. This is one of the better Kenzie/Gennaro adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Great addition to the Kenzie Gennaro Series

    Great sequel to Gone Baby Gone. A dozen years later, Amanda McCready disappears again. As in the previous Kenzie Gennaro books there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader glued to the page. Will there be a movie made from this book? Only time will tell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Just so so

    Almost felt like this one was forced out.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    another keeper for the library

    The story is engrossing and well paced. I would give it 4 1/2, but it won't let me. For me to give something a five would take a top 10 book of all time. That said, it was still very worth the read.

    I love how Kenzie and Gennaro both change and deepen as time goes on without losing what makes them fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Interesting Mystery

    Looking for an alternative in mystery books? Try this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Decent read,though not much action.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Good Sequel

    Patrick Kenzie's life has settled down in the past few years. He married his long time love, Angie Gennaro and he is now working as a freelance investigator trying to get on full-time with a mainly white collar investigation firm. Angie is going back to school so she can help children and they have a young daughter. This new life is completely changed when an old case comes back.
    Twelve years ago, they made a decision about an abducted little girl-they gave her back to an unfit mother and took her away from loving kidnappers. Now, the girl, Amanda, is sixteen and she's gone again. Patrick agrees to take the case and try to find her again. The couple feels they have to know what happened to that long ago little girl whose case has haunted them.
    The search brings in a lot of characters from Russian Mobsters to Bubba, the couple's monster of a friend! Searching for Amanda leads them down a path that may just cost them more than they are willing to pay.
    Fast-paced, intriguing plot, and interesting characters make this book a thrilling mystery.

    Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Highly recommended

    #6 in the Kenzie, Gennaro series by Dennis Lehane. If you have read one then you know you can't get enough off them! This is my thrid time reading them :)

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Good read

    Lehane is a great writer. This isnt my fav but it was an interesting sequel.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Solid Lehane

    Familiar characters with some new twists. One of the better Patrick Kenzie series. Fast read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2011


    Moonlight Mile tells the story of a girl Amnada who vanishes with her friend. Patrick a private investigator who puts his family in harm to find her. Patrick struggles to understand her for her reseans of leaving. Amanda and her friend are being hunted down by Russians who want to get what they took from them back. I recommend the book beacuse it keeps you reading with all the action.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Pass on this book

    Not much of a plot, but plenty of lambasting of the corporate and insurance world, like Mr. LeHane has a clue as to what that's like.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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