Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston suburb in 1997. Desperate pleas for help from the child's aunt led savvy, tough-nosed investigators Kenzie and Gennaro to take on the case. The pair risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home.
Now Amanda is 16 - and gone again. A stellar student, brilliant but aloof, she seemed destined to escape her upbringing. Yet Amanda's aunt is once more knocking at Patrick Kenzie's door, fearing the worst for the little girl who has blossomed into a striking, bright young woman who hasn't been seen in two weeks.
Haunted by the past, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most, following a 12-year trail of secrets and lies down the darkest alleys of Boston's gritty, blue-collar streets. Assuring themselves that this time will be different, they vow to make good on their promise to find Amanda and see that she is safe. But their determination to do the right thing holds dark implications Kenzie and Gennaro aren't prepared for ... consequences that could cost them not only Amanda's life, but their own.
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"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." - Publishers Weekly
"Hardened Russian mobsters provide ample comic relief as well as plenty of mayhem in this exciting and fast-paced read." - Booklist
"Longtime readers will appreciate how Lehane's protagonists have believably aged...A few false notes involve some cartoonish Russian villains, but the resolution, while sad to series fans, makes perfect sense." - Library Journal
"Starred Review. By the breathless climax, it may appear that this book is the last in the series. But Lehane has fooled us before." - Kirkus Reviews
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Dennis Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Before
becoming a full-time writer, Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally
handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked
in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. He lives with his wife Angie and
four dogs in Boston and the west coast of Florida.
Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro series
A Drink before the War (1994)
Darkness, Take My Hand (1996)
Gone, Baby, Gone (1998)
Prayers for Rain (1999)
Mystic River (2001)
Shutter Island (2003)
The Given Day (2008)
Coronado: Stories (2006)
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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