Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Moonlight Mile, by Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane is amazing in the breadth and variety of his writing ability. Before the creepy Shutter Island and the historic epic Given Day came the series featuring PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. Gritty, sometimes bleak, sometimes, like Gone, Baby, Gone, heartrending, always with a touch of humor. Lehane's return to these characters was a joy. Here, Patrick is once again asked to find Amanda McCready, the little girl who a decade before had been kidnapped from her negligent drug addict mother and found a loving home with her kidnappers. Taking her from the kidnappers and returning her to a childhood of misery and neglect was a soul-bending act for Patrick, and finding her again might redeem him from being right.