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This thriller begins when dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Genaro to find his missing daughter. Grief stricken over the accidental death of her mother and the impending death of her father, Desiree Stone has been missing for three weeks. So has the first investigator Stone hired to find her: Jay Becker, Patrick's mentor. As Patrick and Angie begin their search, they are led down a trail of half-truths and corruption into a world in which a therapeutic ...
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Overview

This thriller begins when dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Genaro to find his missing daughter. Grief stricken over the accidental death of her mother and the impending death of her father, Desiree Stone has been missing for three weeks. So has the first investigator Stone hired to find her: Jay Becker, Patrick's mentor. As Patrick and Angie begin their search, they are led down a trail of half-truths and corruption into a world in which a therapeutic organization may be fronting for a dangerous and seductive cult, a high-tech private investigation firm may be covering up lethal crimes, and a stolen cache of millions in illegal funds may be tied to both disappearances and a tanker full of heroin.
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Editorial Reviews

People
Menace charges the atmosphere of this crackling thriller.
New York Times Book Review
Lively and entertaining . . . Driven by a fast-paced, twisting plot.
Boston Sunday Globe
His thriller grabs us with its blunt talk and breathtaking pace, but what leaves a lasting impression is the brooding authenticity of its atmosphere.
San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
For an utterly relentless yet ultimately affirming examination of urban malaise and anxiety, look no further than Dennis Lehane's searing debut.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sharp verbal patter, a noirish kind of good/bad girl and a dying and quite possibly sinister old man all enliven this third stellar effort from the author of the Shamus Award-winning A Drink Before the War and Darkness, Take My Hand. PI Angela Gennaro lost her husband, and her partner, Patrick Kenzie, lost much of the skin from his face in their last outing. Now the Boston-based sleuthing partners are recovering nicely, slowly succumbing to a mutual attraction and searching for a missing girl. Billionaire Trevor Stone, dying of cancer, hires Patrick and Angie to find his daughter Desiree only after his first choice, Jay Becker, who was Patrick's mentor, disappeared during his quest for Desiree. The young woman was last seen at the highly questionable Grief Release Inc., getting over the year-old murder of her mother and hanging out with Sean Price. After Price ripped off the group, Desiree vanished with him. Is Trevor on the level? Is Desiree a wounded angel or something else entirely? While following the trail, Angie and Patrick emerge, in Patrick's smart and often funny narration, as boldly sketched characters who leap fully formed from the pages. For most of the novel, the punishing pace and internal plot logic perform in perfect tandem. Only Desiree's long-delayed entrance and an over-the-top ending are jarring. In all other respects, Lehane proves he belongs in the big leagues with another gritty and surpassingly entertaining mystery. Major ad/promo; 13-city author tour. (Aug.)
Library Journal
When detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are kidnapped by dying billionaire Trevor Stone and forced to find his lost daughter, they become entwined in a vicious whodunit in which "up is down and north is south." The case takes them to Grief Release Inc., a Boston-area church/cult whose members purge their sins, secrets, and financial records; then, accompanied by Stone's henchmen, to Tampa, Florida, where a top-of-the-line sports car and all the money they can spend are put at their disposal. Kenzie and Gennaro ditch it all to continue the search on instinct in a cheap convertible. When the detectives finally find their prize, the perfecto, leggy Desiree Stone, she turns out to be much more than they bargained for. With its fast-paced plot, Lehane's (Darkness, Take My Hand, LJ 7/96) newest will be a winner with adventure buffs. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/97.]Ahmad Wright, "Library Journal"
School Library Journal
YADying billionaire Trevor Stone has his thugs kidnap sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro and bring them to his mansion so he can hire them to find his missing daughter, Desire. She is supposedly grief-stricken over the death of her mother and the impending death of her father but it becomes clear that she may not be the sweet and beautiful daughter her father describes. Patrick's mentor, Jay Becker, was the first investigator on the case but he has also disappeared. Patrick and Angie follow the trail to Florida after a brief encounter with a group of religious swindlers who may be involved with the disappearances. Every person they meet adds more confusion and conflicting information to the puzzling case. The intricate mystery of the changing identity of Desire, dangerous car chases, bloody shoot-outs, and the humorous dialogue between Patrick and Angie, all with subtle romantic overtones, will keep YAs happily turning pages.Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Middle School, Burke, VA
Murrin
Sacred has some nice plot surprises, a large body count and a wickedly satisfying villain comeuppance.
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Kirkus Reviews
The kidnapping really should have tipped them off. You can't have much of a relationship with a client who grabs you off the street, drugs you, and ties you to a couple of chairs while he makes his pitch. But dying billionaire Trevor Stone, whose wife is dead and whose daughter has disappeared, is obviously a man in pain, and the $50,000 retainer he offers (plus $200,000 for expenses) goes a long way to soften the insult. So Boston shamus Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his partner, friend, and sometime lover, agree to follow Patrick's vanished mentor Jay Becker into the darkness surrounding beautiful, depressed Desiree Stone, and soon—with only a brief intermission for a lovely farewell bash for their prison-bound buddy Bubba Rogowski—they're tangling with fraudulent grief counselors, a clever and vindictive IRS computer geek, and the Church of Truth and Revelation. And that's only the beginning, since the trail of Desiree's last known companion leads to Tampa, where the serious corpses will start to pile up, and where they'll finally get an inkling of the true relationship between their megalomaniac client and his anaconda-like daughter, "a Noël Coward play that had been rewritten by Sam Shepard." Lehane's barn-burning third novel (Darkness, Take My Hand, 1996, etc.) packs enough beatings, betrayals, unmaskings, resurrections, smart talk, and untrustworthy people for the most jaded palate. If you haven't discovered this gifted newcomer yet, you'd better hurry before his ship of fools and knaves casts off without you.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561009794
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series , #3
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.37 (w) x 7.01 (h) x 0.64 (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.

Biography

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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Chapter One


A piece of advice: If you ever follow someone in my neighborhood, don't wear pink.

The first day Angie and I picked up the little round guy on our tail, he wore a pink shirt under a gray suit and a black topcoat. The suit was double-breasted, Italian, and too nice for my part of town by several hundred dollars. The topcoat was cashmere. People in my neighborhood could afford cashmere, I suppose, but usually they spend so much on the duct tape that keeps their tail pipes attached to their '82 Chevys, that they don't have much left over for anything but that trip to Aruba.

The second day, the little round guy replaced the pink shirt with a more subdued white, lost the cashmere and the Italian suit, but still stuck out like Michael Jackson in a day care center by wearing a hat. Nobody in my neighborhood--or any of Boston's inner-city neighborhoods that I know of--wears anything on their head but a baseball cap or the occasional tweed Scally. And our friend, the Weeble, as we'd come to call him, wore a bowler. A fine-looking bowler, don't get me wrong, but a bowler just the same.

"He could be an alien," Angie said.

I looked out the window of the Avenue Coffee

Shop. The Weeble's head jerked and then he bent to fiddle with his shoelaces.

"An alien," I said. "From where exactly? France?"

She frowned at me and lathered cream cheese over a bagel so strong with onions my eyes watered just looking at it. "No, stupid. From the future. Didn't you ever see that old Star Trek where Kirk and Spock ended up on earth in the thirties and were hopelessly out of step?"

"I hate Star Trek."

"But you're familiar with the concept."

I nodded, then yawned. The Weeble studied a telephone pole as if he'd never seen one before. Maybe Angie was right.

"How can you not like Star Trek?" Angie said.

"Easy. I watch it, it annoys me, I turn it off."

"Even Next Generation?"

"What's that?" I said.

"When you were born," she said, "I bet your father held you up to your mother and said, 'Look, hon, you just gave birth to a beautiful crabby old man.'

"What's your point?" I said.



The third day, we decided to have a little fun. When we got up in the morning and left my house, Angie went north and I went south.

And the Weeble followed her.

But Lurch followed me.

I'd never seen Lurch before, and it's possible I never would have if the Weeble hadn't given me reason to look for him.

Before we left the house, I'd dug through a box of summer stuff and found a pair of sunglasses I use when the weather's nice enough to ride my bicycle. The glasses had a small mirror attached to the left side of the frame that could be swung up and out so that you could see behind you. Not quite as cool as the equipment Q gave Bond, but it would do, and I didn't have to flirt with Ms. Moneypenny to get it.

An eye in the back of my head, and I bet I was the first kid on my block to have one, too.

I saw Lurch when I stopped abruptly at the entrance of Patty's Pantry for my morning cup of coffee. I stared at the door as if it held a menu and swung the mirror out and rotated my head until I noticed the guy who looked like a mortician on the other side of the avenue by Pat Jay's Pharmacy. He stood with his arms crossed over his sparrow's chest, watching the back of my head openly. Furrows were cut like rivers in his sunken cheeks, and a widow's peak began halfway up his forehead.

In Patty's, I swung the mirror back against the frame and ordered my coffee.

"You go blind all a sudden, Patrick?"

I looked up at Johnny Deegan as he poured cream into my coffee. "What?"

"The sunglasses," he said. "I mean, it's, what, middle of March and no one's seen the sun since Thanksgiving. You go blind, or you just trying to look hipper'n shit?"

"Just trying to look hipper'n shit, Johnny."

He slid my coffee across the counter, took my money.

"It ain't working," he said.



Out on the avenue, I stared through my sunglasses at Lurch as he brushed some lint off his knee then bent to tic his shoelaces just like the Weeble had the day before.

I took off my sunglasses, thinking of Johnny Deegan. Bond was cool, sure, but he never had to walk into Patty's Pantry. Hell, just try and order a vodka martini in this neighborhood. Shaken or stiffed, your ass was going out a window.

I crossed the avenue as Lurch concentrated on his shoelace.

"Hi," I said.

He straightened, looked around as if someone had called his name from down the block.

"Hi," I said again and offered my hand.

He looked at it, looked down the avenue again.

"Wow," I said, "you can't tail someone for shit but at least your social skills are honed to the quick."

His head turned as slowly as the earth on its axis until his dark pebble eyes met mine. He had to look down to do it, too, the shadow of his skeletal head puddling down my face and spreading across my shoulders. And I'm not a short guy.

"Are we acquainted, sir?" His voice sounded as if it were due back at the coffin any moment.

"Sure, we're acquainted," I said. "You're Lurch." I looked up and down the avenue. "Where's Cousin It, Lurch?"

"You're not nearly as amusing as you think you are, sir."

Sacred. Copyright © by Dennis Lehane. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    Dennis Lehane...why haven't I read you before???

    I read Sacred after a friend passed the hardback to me. She bought it on a bargain table at a local bookstore and highly recommended it. I LOVED IT.... found out it was #3 in a series of 5 to date and rushed out to buy all the others! I am almost through 'Darkness Take My Hand' and resent every second I have to be away from reading it. Dennis, your books are wonderful! Keep this series going. I feel like I know the characters and I want to know what is next!! I recommend all of these books to anyone who reads the crime/mystery/thriller type books. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2000

    Another Solid Hit For Lehane!

    Sacred is another terrific mystery in the series featuring Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, the team you'd want on your side if you needed a private investigation -- if only they were real people. Lehane describes these characters in such realistic detail and uses such crisp dialogue that you forget that they are only fictional characters. Nonetheless, they are characters you want to get to know better, and Lehane successfully evolves the personalities of Patrick and Angie in each of the five books in the series. Thus, it's best if you read the series in chronological order. Sacred is very fast-paced and loaded with surprising plot twists, which forces you to read on non-stop. While you can see I am very high on Sacred, it -- believe it or not -- is not the best book in the series. Of the four I've read so far, I enjoyed Darkness, Take My Hand and Gone, Baby Gone even more. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to all of Lehane's books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Excellent

    First book I have ever read by this author. Glad there are others of his to read. Well paced and well plotted. Interesting characters and strong sense of place reminiscent of the Florida of Travis McGee. Also had nor realized that some excellent movies have been made from some of Lehanes other work. Great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    I winner

    You fall in love with Kenzie and Gennaro as they first fall in love with each other. Great suspense and action on the shoot out on the bridge between them and the bad guys.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

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    Very Good

    I am still enjoying this series very much. The chemistry between Kenzie and Gennaro is very entertaining and the story line is very interesting. Not all is what it seems in this story and you find yourself not trusting any character. This was not as good and Darkness Take My Hand but it was still a very good read and I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    Sacred

    Before I started this book, I read the reviews on B&N and I read many negative reviews from readers. After reading Darkness, Take my Hand, I figured many people felt that Dennis Lehane didn't bring his A game for Sacred. Well, I thought that Sacred was just as good as the first two novels in the Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro series. this book was so good. Lehane is an amazing writer of crime, I think he is the best modern crime-noir writer. His books are funny and violent, and you can't stop from thinking about Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett when reading this series(especially Sacred, so far, it most closely resembles classic noir novels). If you are looking for crime novels when you get tired of stuff by James Patterson, I would recommend Lehane, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, and HBO's the Wire.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Another good read by LeHane.

    Lehane's style of writing is interesting down to the last page. The book becomes a psychological thriller with the main characters Patrick and Angie caught in the middle. I found this book to be my least favorite of the series, however, compared to the other four that still speaks highly for this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2004

    Sunshine Skyway Bridge

    After reading Shutter Island (great book) I decided to try another book by Lehane. Well I found this book even better. If you ever been to Tampa or St. Pete¿s in Florida your gonna love this book because it makes you feel like your there again and you might think twice about the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. This book has it all - Great characters, witty dialogue, plot twisting, suspense, action, romance, etc., who could ask for anything more? One of his best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    A NEW FAN

    I picked this book upu at the bargain table and I fell in love with the characters as well as the writer. His imagery is wonderful and I felt like I knew the characters first hand. It has taken me several months to find a writer that is passionate and takes time to embrace his characters, but he has proved that his writing style is a welcome treat to new readers as well as avid readers. Don't miss the opportunity to discover his work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Dennis, give us more of this series, please!

    Read the #5 of this series first, and went back and bought all the other 5 in the series. Kept me entertained for a month! Loved this series, and the other Dennis Lehane books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    good read

    another good one from a favorite author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    All his books are good!

    Enjoyed this very much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Recommend

    Good read, good mystery, good humor. Dennis Lehane books are always good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Good story,lots of twists

    Keeps you guessing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    A Good Read-Does Not Disappoint

    Dennis Lehane is a wonderful writer-his characters are real. Patrick and Angie have dark moments and sometimes commit dark acts. They are so very human.

    Situations arise in this book that have no easy solution. Patrick uses his practical "street smarts" while Angie falls back on her Catholic faith. This tension between the partners heightened by the sexual tension that sometimes arises, is classic Lehane. The reader experiences the action through Patrick's eyes. He is so very real. The streets of South Boston come alive with sights, smells and everyday ugliness.

    I won't reveal the plot ; that is not really necessary if you have read any other books in the series you will not be disappointed. Just know, this book is every bit as good as the others. If you have not read any of the series, you are in for a great experience.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Highly recommended

    #3 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 June 7, 2009

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    Continuation of Characters

    This book is not as good as the ones in the rest of the series.

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    Good Book

    Sacred picks up after the great ending of the last book in the series and leaves the pair like a rock band who has broken up but the comes out of retirement and stronger than ever as they try and solve a missing person¿s case that a disparate billionaire ¿hires¿ them for. The plot takes off quickly while still addressing the emotional state of Patrick and Angie after the last book and this remains an important issue throughout the book. This book does not reflect on the past as the other past two books have an instead focuses on the relationships of the characters they attempt to find on the case and the motives for all the strange occurrences that happen. The humor still is a part of the series but it feels a bit more awkward between the two partners this time around. The book still has a feeling of excitement but this time there is no telling what may occur nest since the plot leaves Boston and picks up in Florida which gives a nice break from the last two books that were focused in Boston. Still even with the setting change all the original characters play a part in some way or another which would appeal to people who have read the previous books in the series. Still the book seems to take a bold new look at the main characters as they face new emotional battles as well as twists in the case. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detective and drama novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    He's done better

    If this book came from any other author I would give it a better review. It is due to that it comes from Mr.Lehane that I say it is only okay. This book has a splendid plot to it and that's it. What this book lacks, which all of his other works don't, are the authentic pathos for the reader to emotionally connect with the character. 'Sacred' came across as just another contrived mystrey novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    The fifth book of his I've read. Mystic River, Shutter Island, A Drink Before the War, Darkness Take My Hand, and now Sacred. They have all been excellent and Sacred is no exception. Good twists and the relationship between Kenzie and Gennaro all make for another great book. On to Gone, Baby, Gone......

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