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

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


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449845940
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Series: Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Series , #6

About 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.


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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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
daddyofattyo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sooo good. So glad Lehane revisited Angie and Patrick in So. Boston. I fell in love with the characters and the writer in his first five books - all about Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Then Mystic River became one of my favorite books of all time. Since then I've been waiting for something else to tantalize me - and this book finally did. Witty, clever, charming, quick... too bad the ending precludes any further adventures of this stellar duo.
lauriehere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read this book, but if it is anything like Mystic River, it's GOT TO BE GOOD! From the back cover: Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find her - onl to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and broken home. Amanda, now 16, is 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, an unstable crime boss and his deented wife, a priceless artifact, and a Russian gangster, In their fight to confront the past and find Amanda, Kenzie and Gennaro will be forced to question if it's possible to do the wrong thing and still be right or do the right thing and be wrong,
acrubin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
good read. may play out well as a movie. sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone (which was better). I like that the main character and narrator, Patrick Kenzie, divulges his personal opinions and thoughts on the other characters.
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dennis Lehane is fast becoming one of my favorite authors for a number of reasons but the main reason being I love the characters he creates. This book is the 6th book in the series and even though I've never read any of the previous books, I still grew to care about the characters from the very beginning of the story.Moonlight Mile begins with private investigator Patrick Kenzie getting a late night phone call and then being approached by a former client the next day. The client is the aunt of a young girl that Patrick found years ago and was also part of a case that still haunts him to this day. Now she believes that her niece is once again missing but the problem is no one will believe her including the police themselves.I was pulled into this story almost instantly mainly because the characters were so likeable and so realistically portrayed. I loved the relationship between Patrick and Angie from the very beginning. Their relationship wasn't perfect, nor did they pretend like it was, but it came across as real and it played an important role throughout the story. Patrick seemed to be at a crossroads with his job as a private investigator at the beginning of the story and that came across as realistic as well. I liked how all of the storylines worked together within the book. Although this was a suspenseful read, what really made the story come alive for me were the characters. I was constantly rooting for them and wanting to make sure that everything turned out okay for them. The storyline itself was good and helped to make this a book that I didn't want to put down. After reading Shutter Island last year, I figured that I would never know exactly what was going on. And I was right....I didn't see the ending coming whatsoever and was surprised by how everything turned out. My only complaint isn't really a complaint, but I have to admit to wondering if I missed anything starting this far into the series. I didn't feel like it was a problem while I was reading the story though. I just think that I would like to see Angie and Patrick's relationship evolve from the very beginning. All in all, I am really glad that I got the chance to read this series and will definitely be going back and starting at the very beginning. Recommended to anyone looking for a suspenseful read!
bjmitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The name Dennis Lehane probably rings a bell since he is the author of Mystic River and Shutter Island. This one is a Kenzie and Gennaro series book, a series which I've never read but I sure did love this book.I think the major reason I enjoyed it so much is that he can give you a character you would recognize in a minute. Like this description of a girl working the counter at a diner: "She was about nineteen. A pretty face had been damaged by acne scars and she wore an extra forty pounds on her frame like a threat. Her eyes were dull with anger disguised as apathy. If she kept on her current path, she'd grow into the type of person who fed her kids Doritos for breakfast and puchased angry bumper stickers with lots of exclamation points." Can't you just see her? And this is an extremely minor character, so imagine what he does with someone important to the story.The story is set in Boston which is what attracted me to this library book to begin with. I know Boston well enough to recognize places where characters are, and I know what people there are like well enough to recognize that he has them down cold. I haven't felt like I was in the Boston area like this since Robert B. Parker left us.The protagonist, Patrick Kenzie, had found a girl named Amanda many years earlier but her "rescue" didn't exactly work out well because she was returned to a stupid, drug addled, neglectful mother. Now she's 16 years old and in trouble. Her aunt comes to Patrick to ask for help and he just can't refuse because he feels guilty about what happened before. Meanwhile, he and his wife have had a little girl who is immensely entertaining to the reader, but would drive you crazy in real life. Add some Russian goons to the mix and you have a wild and crazy ride.I was hooked on the story right from the start and surprised at the end. That and great characters are the epitome of a good crime book to me and I recommend this one.
BAP1012 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice quick read - sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone
ashleywintters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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
lisagibson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was supposed to go hear Mr. Lehane speak, but wound up feeling punky that night and decided not to go. Bummer. Also I received this ARC from Harper Collins. I feel that Dennis Lehane is the master of the analogy. He has a humorous way of looking at things and his characters are always rich with development. Patrick was the quintessential hard boiled investigator but he was so much more too. He's now a family man and his priorities have changed. He's so knowlegeable about human nature and that of the criminal mind. I found myself wishing I could write characters with that deep innate knowledge, but realized how unrealistic that would be for a teen. There's a fair amount of swearing in this, which I personally kinda' like. What can I say, I'm a bit of a curser myself. There were things that had me laughing out loud (yes literally) in this book. And Lehane is always good with a twist or surprise. This is no different. There were a couple of things that had me saying, "Whoa, dude." So if you'd like something different, check it out. Again, this is set to be released November 2nd.One of my favorite lines: "There were about forty different ways I hadn't cased the place properly. I'd driven around the front so slowly a three-legged basset hound with hip dysplasia could have lapped me."I'm giving this one four solid swaks
khager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a Kenzie/Gennaro book and is also a sequel to Gone Baby Gone. In that book, a four-year-old girl goes missing and Patrick and Angie have to find her.In this book, the girl is now 16 and is missing again¿a runaway this time. Her mom (who, of course, is the same stellar parent she was in Gone Baby Gone) says her daughter is fine, but her aunt doesn¿t believe it. She gets Patrick to agree to look for her again.I love Patrick and Angie and I was really happy when I read that there was going to be another book in the series (the first in several years). This book completely exceeded all expectations. It¿s dark and brooding, which I love, but there¿s a sense of hope, too. I¿m pretty sure this is going to be the last in the series, which makes me sad, but at least I got to see them again. And at least they were left in a good place.(And can I just say one last time how much I love these people?)Recommended for people who like their mysteries to have moral conflicts and no easy answers.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite writers in any genre. His Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro series is compulsively readable and his later standalone work is also great. There are moments in his books that recur in my nightmares, in particular the image of a child getting into a car that drives away as his friends watch (most prominently in Mystic River).When Lehane began writing standalones I was happy to read them, but I'll admit to missing Patrick and Angie and wondering where they were. In an interview Lehane admitted to being reluctant to writing about them again, imagining them off in some exotic resort, picking up the telephone and thing, "Oh, no - not HIM again." He said that after all he'd put them through he felt they needed a break from him. I like that his characters are as real for him as they for me and I'm also glad that he revisited them again.This book would have been welcome for Patrick and Angie alone, but with them comes one of my other favorite series' characters, Bubba Rogowski. Like John Connolly's series' characters, Louis and Angel, Bubba is a pleasure to read, perhaps especially for his ability to cut to the chase in the most pragmatic way possible.These days Patrick and Angie are figuring how to navigate a life that now includes a young daughter and requires more stability. They're still taking risks, but are also realizing that some compromises will be needed to make their new life together work. When approached by the aunt of Amanda McCready, a child they returned to her unfit mother almost ten years ago, Patrick and Angie can't resist trying to put the past right.I devoured this book in a single day and, while I'm sad that Patrick and Angie won't be appearing in any more books, I'm pleased with how Lehane wrapped up the series - giving us all one more great book that creates an ending for these characters that makes sense, avoids being gimmicky, and honors who they all are. I can't wait to read whatever he decides to write next.
Copperskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first Dennis Lehane book and it was very different than what I was expecting. I expected it to be a lot darker and more hard-hitting but instead it was wise-cracking with lots of witty banter. It was actually a lot of fun.What I also didn¿t realize going in was that this is the sixth book in the Kenzie and Gennaro series. My only previous exposure to the characters was from the movie Gone, Baby, Gone, which was based on the fourth book in the series. As it happens, Moonlight Mile has its origins with that same book. Now, twelve years later, the missing four year old from Gone, Baby, Gone is now a missing 16 year old. Her Aunt Beatrice asks Patrick Kenzie to once again find her and bring her home.Some aspects of the plot were a little farfetched, but as a whole, I thought it was very entertaining. Patrick and Angela are likeable characters and I probably would have liked the book even more if I had known their entire backstory. As it was, I knew enough to not feel lost at all and wouldn¿t mind finishing up the series to fill in the holes. Moonlight Mile will be in stores on 11/2. My copy was kindly provided by HarperCollins.
TooBusyReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for mystery lovers. Patrick, with the help of his wife, Angie, is looking for a girl, now almost 17, who was kidnapped years ago and returned to her less-than-stellar mother. Patrick has made some decisions that were legal but morally questionable, and seems to be still on the same path. Now he has a young daughter to protect, and will that change his viewpoint?The writing and the dialogue is clever and fun to read. There is plenty of action. And I loved the characters, as much for their flaws as for their strengths. How can you make a violent Russian mobster loveable? Mr. Lehane managed to do just that.My one disappointment with the book may not be in the published version. In my advanced reader's edition:He looked vaguely familiar. A slim guy with dark, tightly coiled hair, a nose that fell just a half-inch short of beakish, and a cafe-au-lait complexion. He wore a white shirt and a thin red tie and held a microphone.¿Ashraf Bitar,¿ Jeremy said. Some call him Baby Barack.¿This bit doesn't contribute to the story at all, and I don't understand why the author felt the need to include it.This book is a sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. It is a fun, quick read, very engaging. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy to review.
Ronrose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
NovelChatter on LibraryThing 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 caseThis 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.If I gave stars? 4 1/2 out of 5.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've heard quite a bit of buzz about Shutter Island (both the book and the movie) so it's been on my list for quite some time to check out Dennis Lehane. When I saw this ARC arrive in the mail I jumped at it and put it on the "short-list" for books to read.Now, Moonlight Mile is, as I found out a few pages in, the 6th book in a series featuring Kenzie and Gennaro, and I don't usually like jumping into the middle of a series like that - but in this case it worked for me. There was enough background information provided that I didn't feel overwhelmed, the chemistry between the characters was solid and packed with a good feeling of history, and the story strong enough to pull me in despite being a case that was brand new to me (unlike to the characters).This is one of those books that you pick up, open, and read in one setting. It's classic detective stuff, some obscenities, some hard decisions made, but solid writing and something that is able to keep interest without being overly gruesome like some popular writers are turning toward (Yes, Patterson, I'm looking at you. Swimsuit was disgusting.)So if you are looking for a nice, solid detective read that leans more toward the gritty then the more comedic (like Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series), then this would be an easy recommendation from me.
macygma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Twelve years later. Twelve years after the kidnapping and return of Amanda McCready, while Patrick Kenzie and his wife, Angela, broke but making it with their four yr-old daughter are at the end of their financial rope, Amanda disappears again. Patrick has yet to make partner in his current investigator-for-hire job (a little too rude to the creatin client) and Angie is lawyering as hard as she can. The phone rings in the middle of the night and Amanda's aunt, Bea McCready, tells him he owes. He does. When Amanda was found twelve years ago, he was part of the "good guys" who took her from her loving psuedo-parents and returned her to her basically to stupid to live mother.Amanda appears to be a girl of many faces. Off the charts intellectually she can be one with any group but they know nothing about her. Nothing. Her mother and mom's current guy are running an identity theft scam all over the country and Amanda was their protege. She learned fast, too fast. Her friend from school, Sophie, disappears at the same time and Patrick and Angie's problem is how to connect the dots between Sophie, Amanda and a dead boy named Zippo. (Last name is Lighter, what else would you call him?) One school acquaintance tells Patrick: "Five go into a room, two die and four come back out." When the dots do come together they fall right in the middle of the Russian mob, Amanda, Sophie and things you will never guess in a zillion years. This book, sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone, is a read alone as well. You don't need to know what happed prior, Lehane tells you along with updates on the entire cast of characters. I have to admit this was my first Dennis Lehane book and, if the rest as as good as this one my paycheck is history! Wonderful writing, a plot I would never have guessed at and the ending, well, let's say you'd have to read it to believe it.
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How did I live this long without reading Dennis Lehane?Not only have I not read the books, I haven't even seen the movies--except one. I saw Gone, Baby, Gone, which is good because Moonlight Mile is the sequel to that book. So, I knew this book was a sequel when I picked it up, but I didn't actually realize it was the 6th book in a series. I don't generally like to start a series in the middle. Well, it's good I didn't know, or I might have missed out on a fabulous novel and delayed my introduction to Mr. Lehane further. If it's not already explicitly clear, I didn't find coming to this series late a problem. Exposition was used beautifully, not only to tell the back-story, but also to explicate character. That said, I'm pretty sure I spoiled several past novels for myself, but Lehane's writing is so strong and his characters so appealing, that it wouldn't stop me from reading the preceding books in the series. The central characters in the series are private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. Angie's been out of the business for years, acting as stay-at-home mom for 4-year-old Gabby by day, and going to grad school by night. Patrick's trying to make ends meet working as a subcontractor for a high-end Boston investigative firm and hoping to get hired on permanently. Patrick and Angie have a life together. They're happy. And they don't discuss the McCready kidnapping from 12 years ago. If their marriage has a third rail, the outcome of that case is it. And all is well until Bea McCready contacts Patrick: Amanda is missing again. Amanda is no longer a 4-year-old cutie. By all accounts, she's a remarkably self-sufficient 16-year-old young woman. Despite the privations of her upbringing, she's a brilliant and successful student. However, Amanda may be a little too smart for her own good, and may have learned some life-skills that no teenager should know. As Patrick and Angie are drawn back into a world they hoped they'd left, the twists and turns kept me flipping pages like mad. There was one revelation that was obvious to me, but two pages later there was a jaw-dropping shocker. Time and time again Lehane managed to surprise me. This was an undeniably excellent mystery. And despite the thrilling plot, even as a new-comer to this well established series, this novel was all about character for me. Whenever I can hear characters' voices in my head (instead of my own reading voice), I know that an author has brought them completely and totally to life for me. It doesn't happen that often. But, Patrick, Angie, and the many supporting characters were beautifully drawn. Wow, my first taste of the celebrated Mr. Lehane and I am hooked!
BillPilgrim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a pleasant read. The plot is well constructed and satisfying in the end. What bothered me a bit about it was the tone, especially the attempt at hard boiled dialogue and the witty banter between the two protagonists, husband and wife Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, who have appeared in prior books by Lehane. The speaking style seemed forced and turned me off. But, I eventually got used to it and I was able to enjoy the story line.
SamSattler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I discovered Dennis Lehane, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro sometime in 1995, shortly after A Drink before the War was released in paperback. I had been a fan of Robert B. Parker¿s Spenser series for a while and the prospect of reading about another Boston detective was too tempting to resist. When I picked up that first Kenzie-Gennaro novel, I had no idea who Dennis Lehane was or that he was planning to write a series based on the pair.As it turned out, Lehane would write five Kenzie-Gennaro books in about six years before suddenly (in this fan¿s eyes) abandoning the series in 1999. I remember thinking what a big mistake Lehane was making ¿ which shows what I know, because Lehane then produced his two most successful books in relative short order: Mystic River in 2001 and Shutter Island in 2003. Both books went on to become big time movies. That 2008¿s The Given Day did not have nearly the same impact, might have had a little to do with Lehane¿s decision to return to the Kenzie-Gennaro series but, whatever the reason, longtime fans of the series are just happy to have a new entry after an eleven-year drought.Lehane has allowed Patrick and Angie to age in real time, and Moonlight Mile sees them forced to deal with some of the same characters involved in the traumatic case that almost permanently ended their relationship a decade earlier. Back then, four-year-old Amanda McCready had gone missing and Patrick was hired to find her. Patrick¿s decision to return Amanda to her dangerously neglectful mother rather than to leave her with the couple that had her illegally, but so plainly loved her, was one that Angie could not understand ¿ or easily get over.Amanda, now 16, is missing again and her aunt has asked Patrick¿s help in finding her for a second time. Patrick and Angie, now married and with a four-year-old daughter of their own, soon find themselves reliving some of the same emotional trauma they suffered through the first time they searched for Amanda. It was not easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys when Amanda went missing the first time, and Patrick and Angie will soon find that it will be no easier this second time around.The good news is that Amanda McCready has grown into an exceptionally bright young lady who will be able to get a free ride from just about any Ivy League college she chooses. The bad news is that she has somehow become so involved with Russian mobsters that she has gone into hiding. Soon, what Patrick and Angie learn about Amanda¿s predicament will have them struggling with the same kind of right vs. wrong decisions that split them up twelve years earlier.Moonlight Mile is quite an adventure (and a fun reunion with two old friends) but it does not have quite the seriousness or grit of earlier books in the series. Amanda¿s character, particularly toward the end of the book when she starts calling the shots, does not ring quite true. Despite the upbringing she suffered, it is hard to believe that a 16-year-old would be so world-wise or speak to Patrick in the authoritative, but sarcastic, tone she uses on him. Too, the Russian mobsters in the storyline are the usual invincible lot for which U.S. law enforcement officers seem never to have an answer. They are interesting, but they serve to remind the reader how their ¿type¿ has become little more than a fictional cliché. I particularly enjoyed the way Lehane flavored the novel with occasional flashes of observational, sarcastic humor, such as this exchange between Patrick and a newspaper buddy of his:¿¿it¿s directly connected to Amanda McCready. She went missing again.¿ (Patrick)¿¿And her aunt says no one cares. Not the cops, not you guys.¿ (Patrick)¿Hard to believe. Twenty-four hour news cycle and all? These days we can make a story out of anything.¿ (Reporter)¿Explains Paris Hilton.¿ (Patrick)¿Nothing explains that.¿ (Reporter)Or this bit from Patrick after his interview with several 16-year-old girls at Amanda¿s school:"After my daughter was b
zibilee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Twelve years ago private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro's lives became consumed when they went searching for 4 year old Amanda McCready. The young girl, kidnapped from the home of her negligent mother, was at the center of a controversy when she ended up being found in a very unlikely place. After Amanda was found, she was returned to the disastrous home of her mother Helene, and Patrick and Angie began to move on with their lives. Now, 12 years later, Patrick and Angie are struggling to raise a family, which is all the harder because Patrick doesn't have a stable job and Angie is going to school. Pressure is mounting from all sides, and just when it looks like Partick could land a prestigious job as an investigator for a very upscale law firm, a face from his past comes back into sight. Out of the blue he is accosted by Amanda McCready's grandmother, who tells her that the now 16 year old Amanda has vanished again. Despite Patrick's initial reluctance to handle the case, he goes for it, and what he uncovers is not only seedy and dangerous, but this time the clues implicate Amanda herself. With time running out, Patrick and Angie begin a quest to find Amanda, and in doing so, they also uncover a group of people involved in a dangerous and unusual scheme. With a plot that moves like a speeding train and some of the most unsavory and entertaining villains ever to be seen on the page, Lehane gives us the conclusion of a case started 12 years ago, and an investigator like no other, the inimitable Patrick Kenzie.I haven't read many of Lehane's books, but what I have read has really impressed me. A few months ago I read and really loved Shutter Island and found myself thinking and rethinking about the book long after I turned the last page. I know he has a few other books that deal with Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, but I hadn't read any of them. I didn't feel lost at all in this story because I'd seen the movie version of the first book in this series, Gone Baby, Gone. One thing I thought was funny about reading this book was since I had seen Ben Affleck play Patrick Kenzie in the movie, I couldn't for the life of me not see him while I was reading Moonlight Mile. I think it actually made the book more enjoyable for me to be able to connect the actions of Patrick Kenzie with a face that I like very much!One of the things I liked most about this book was the realistic grittiness of it. Everything seemed to have a patina of grubbiness and grime to it that gave the book an unusually urban flavor and a hard edge. Lehane gets the dialect of the streets down perfectly, as well as the description of a town that has been subsumed by the economic recession. He shows the dichotomy of those who live the high life by being lowlifes, and the desperation of those who can't make ends meet and who have to turn to unlikely and unwholesome ventures to get by. Lahane is a master of creating whole worlds and societies that mirror our own in frightening complexity and darkness, and his uncanny ability to populate his world with smugglers, druggies, mobsters, prostitutes and others of the same ilk is not only impressive, but authentic as well.It was interesting to see the way Patrick had grown from the first part of this story to the second. No longer a heedless rebel, Patrick is now more restrained and thinks more about the things he does. His conscience troubles him because of the work he must do to feed his family, and his sense of being a vigilante out for justice seems more subdued as well. He feels the pressure of his life acutely and finds himself at a crossroads when deciding which direction his life will go in. This was a much more mature and level-headed man, a man who seemed to have so much more to protect and so much more to lose. I liked that Lehane made Patrick the kind of character you could not only become invested in, but lose yourself in, and that throughout the book, while Patrick is wrestling with the evil that su
readeroo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dennis Lehane has written another winner. His characters are real, flawed and definitely interesting people. In this book, Kenzie and Gennaro (now married with a daughter) are drawn back into a case from the past. Add the Russian Mafia, drugs, and gritty personalities to produce another great adventure with Mr. Lahane.