As richly complex and brutal as the terrain it depicts, here is the mesmerizing, darkly original novel that heralded the arrival of Dennis Lehane, the master of the new noirA??and introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his smart and tough private investigators weaned on the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.
A cabal of powerful Boston politicians is willing to pay Kenzie and Gennaro big money for a seemingly small job: to find a missing cleaning woman who stole some secret documents. As Kenzie and Gennaro learn, however, this crime is no ordinary theft. It's about justice, about right and wrong. But in Boston, finding the truth isn't just a dirty business . . . it's deadly.
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by Dennis Lehane
by Reginald Hill
by George V. Higgins, Dennis Lehane
by Charlotte Carter
by John Halliday
"Narrator Jonathan Davis introduces two Boston P.I.s, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, and their blue-collar street smarts, disdain for authority, and fierce belief in right and wrong. Against a backdrop of racial tensions, Lehane's 1996 debut novel focuses on a political cover-up involving a child sexual abuse scandal. Kenzie and Gennaro are likable, multifaceted, dysfunctional smart-asses, so Davis wisely lets their tight dialogue star. In lieu of portraying them with thick Boston accents, Davis utilizes an effortless, accent-free bantering tone that further emphasizes their smoldering sexual chemistry and lifelong friendship. However, Davis appropriately uses accents for supporting characters. Overall, Davis's voice and narration style are well suited to this gritty story. A.R.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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