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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055381821X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818215
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lehane's hold is wholly unremitting and compelled me to read the novel in a single day" (The Express)

"Dark and hypnotic" (Guardian)

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An electrifying thriller that is at once gut-wrenchingly violent and achingly melancholy.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By stugar@zoom.co.uk on 8 May 2000
Format: Paperback
I read my first Dennis Lehane ("A Drink Before The War") after Amazon recommended it, probably because I'd zipped through a slew of Robert Crais books and there's some similarity between the two authors. Now I've read Lehane's second title, "Darkness, Take My Hand", I really have to tip my hat towards Amazon and say thanks for the suggestion - I could easily have missed out on one of the best writers I've come across in a long, long while. "Darkness, Take My Hand" slows right down on the slick, wisecracking style (though it's still there) and picks up a head of speed on the murky Hannibal Lecter approach. A comparison is invidious though - Dennis Lehane is very much his own man and his private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are true originals. And there are some occasional but neat touches in "Darkness, Take My Hand" with casual back references to incidents in "A Drink Before The War". The feeling of continuity from these must be comfortable for what has to be a growing army of Lehane fans (though here's an important note: it's by no means necessary to read "Drink" before reading "Darkness"). Seeing as Dennis Lehane's third outing - "Sacred" - is already available, my order's in already and I'll be a happy man when it arrives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Whitehead on 7 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is Dennis Lehane's second outstanding novel and once again we're taken on a tour of the dark side of human behavior. Sometimes I even found myself rooting for the bad guy. But there is no question about it, if you're a reader of mystery, suspense or thriller books, you simply can't ignore Lehane.

In "Darkness" Patrick and Angie come back from Lahane's hugely successful debut novel "A Drink Before the War," and they're hired to shadow a college kid because his mother fears for his safety and the surveillance job quickly turns into a life and death situation for the duo.

Bodies keep piling up. There's a link to a killer from the past, but it can't be him as he's still in jail. Patrick and Angie (who thankfully is shed of her abusive husband by now) have to make it through this case alive and it isn't going to be easy.

One thing of note about this book, Lehane lets us get a hundred pages into the book before he introduces the serial killer, quite a refreshing difference than the usual opening of a brutal murder on page one seen though the killer's eyes. Lehane skillfully brings us along with his characters and we find out what's going on as they do. Great writing. Five stars, even though there was a little to much of the icky stuff for me, I still couldn't put it down.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pitoucat VINE VOICE on 13 Feb. 2009
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Having been hired to protect the son of an eminent psychiatrist, private eye team Patrick and Angie soon become drawn in to investigating a series of gruesome crucifixion killings happening around them in Boston, Mass. The modus operandi points to a known killer, but he's been safely behind bars for the past twenty years. So how can he be involved in the present carnage? Whatever the solution, it needs to be found quickly, as the bodies pile up, and even their own lives are threatened.

The tale is told in a rather jocular first-person style, which initially seems rather at odds with the grim subject matter. The style either changes as the story progresses, or I soon adjusted to it. Whatever, a rousing read with some nail-biting moments.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds on 15 July 2003
Format: Paperback
For a detective thriller, this isn't exactly light reading. Like the title warns you, it is indeed dark, and peers into a darkness within the souls of the characters.
The prologue sets us up to be prepared for some rather serious and unhappy occurances in the book...maybe not what we expect, but still we're warned that this book won't be all fun and games.
The woman who hires Kenzie fears that she and her son are being targeted and this leads him eventually into the tracking of a serial killer who may have been involved with murders that occured 20 years ago. Eventually, he finds connections even with his own family and neighborhood.
There's an undercurrent in the novel touching on how violence poisons the inner being of all involved, a theme that apparantly is recurrent in Lehane's books.
There's genuine literary quality in Lehane's writings. There's also a tragic and fatalistic aura about his stories. Kenzie is faced not only with the challenge of doing the jobs he's hired for but also with the challenge of retaining his own soul, his own feeling of rightness.
This works both as a well plotted mystery and also as a walk on the very dark side of human nature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This was my first and long overdue foray into Lehane territory and overall it has left a highly positive impression, so much so that I have added another from his back catalogue to read very soon. It's an interesting story with good pace and a fair amount of action, one thing that niggled me slightly though was its telling from a first-person perspective (Kenzie) when in most respects he and Angie Gennaro are an equal pairing of private investigators. I think I would have preferred the more conventional third-person method, particularly as it would have enabled more freedom to wander among other characters' thoughts and actions. It's not a big deal though, and it didn't spoil the enjoyment.

There are three categories of crime fighters here: the PIs Kenzie & Gennaro along with the Boston police and the FBI. This is where I felt there was a definite weakness, and cost it a 5-star recommendation - the professional representatives of official law enforcement consistently defer to the private investigators and the FBI are made to look utterly spineless and incapable of leadership or decisiveness. Lehane's obviously an intelligent and talented storyteller and it does surprise me that he has allowed this slight absurdity into the tale. There is very little in the way of competitiveness between the three factions (as there very often is in crime fiction) and by and large everyone gets on fine, but I found it a long stretch from reality.

However it's a page-turning story with a very well structured conclusion and I enjoyed reading it from start to finish. Also, for a male author I thought the sexual scenes were described with just the right balance of plausibility, male/female balance and erotic atmosphere.
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