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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Recently read: "Darkness, Take My Hand" by Dennis Lehane

Darkness, Take My Hand

Darkness, Take My Hand

The second novel following Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro.  The two help out psychiatrist Diandra Warren, who fears that her son's life is in danger after she sees a patient named Moira Kenzie, who claims she was abused by Kevin Hurlihy.  Hurlihy is a sociopath with mobster ties, who also grew up in the same Dorchester neighborhood as the two PIs.  After another neighborhood woman, Kara Rider, is found crucified, the mystery deepens when a bar owner (and former cop) tells Patrick of a similar murder in the neighborhood twenty years ago.  The murderer is in prison, but did he have a partner?  The number of bodies grow, and the FBI arrives on the scene, with interest in Patrick.  There's something that happened in Dorchester twenty years ago, and it's effects are still playing out.  Patrick faces losing the woman he loves as she is horrified by the violence that follows him, and must deal with the knowledge that he and Angie are now targets.

Lehane writes powerfully, and the characters in the novel, though many are broken and/or depraved, are finely drawn.  Highly recommended.

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