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

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by Dennis Lehane

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“[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


“[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, GoneMoonlight 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

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.

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

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series , #6
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He lives in California with his family.

Brief Biography

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

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Moonlight Mile (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series #6) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 316 reviews.
NovelChatter More than 1 year ago
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.
sopper6175 More than 1 year ago
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.
Shamrockgirl62 More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
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bernardmaureen More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Lehane's books and his Kenzie-Gennaro series are the best !
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MexicoDan More than 1 year ago
Lehane is always very good, usually excellent. This is one of the better Kenzie/Gennaro adventures.
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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.