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Dennis Lehane
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22 Oct 2007

Boston private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda Cready.

Despite extensive news coverage and dogged investigation into her abduction, the police have uncovered nothing. And as the Indian summer fades, Amanda McCready stays gone - vanished so completely that she seems never to have existed.

Then a second child disappears.

Confronted with a police force seething with lethal secrets, Kenzie and Gennaro soon discover that those who go looking for the missing may not come back alive.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (22 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818819
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a counsellor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar. He has an MFA from Florida International University, and is the writer-in-residence at Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida, where he runs the Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference. He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston. For more information on Dennis Lehane and his novels, visit his website: www.dennislehanebooks.com.

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Cheese Olamon, "a six-foot-two, four-hundred-and-thirty- pound yellow-haired Scandinavian who'd somehow arrived at the misconception he was black", is telling old high school friends, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, why they have to convince another mutual chum, dealer Bubba Rugowski, that Cheese didn't try to have him killed. "You know I'm clean when it comes to what happened to him. You want me alive. Okay? Without me, that girl will be gone. Gone-gone. You understand? Gone, baby, gone."

Of all the chilling, completely credible scenes of sadness, destruction and betrayal in Dennis Lehane's fourth and possibly best book about Kenzie and Gennaro, this moment stands out because it captures in a few pages the essence of Lehane's success.

Private detectives Kenzie and Gennaro, who still live in the same working-class Dorchester neighbourhood of Boston, Massachusetts, where they grew up, have gone to visit drug dealer Cheese in prison because they think he's involved the kidnapping of 4-year-old Amanda McCready. Without sentimentalising the grotesque figure of Cheese, Lehane tells us enough about his past to make us understand why he and the two detectives might share enough trust to save a child's life when all the best efforts of traditional law enforcement have failed. By putting Kenzie and Gennaro just to one side of the law (but not totally outside--they have several cop friends--a very important part of the story), Lehane adds depth and edge to traditional genre relationships. The love affair between Kenzie and Gennaro--interrupted by her marriage to his friend--is another perfectly controlled element that grows and changes as we watch. Surrounded by dead, abused and missing children, Kenzie mourns and rages; Gennaro longs for one of her own. The choices made by both of them in the final pages of this absolutely gripping story have the inevitability of life and the dazzling beauty of art.

Other Kenzie/Gennaro books available in paperback are: Darkness, Take My Hand, A Drink Before the War, Sacred. -- Dick Adler --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


"Lehane tackles corruption in many forms as he brings his complicated plot to its satisfying resolution, at the same time leaving readers to ponder moral questions about social and individual responsibility long after the last page is turned" (Publishers Weekly)

"Gone, Baby Gone is a tough, true powerful story written by a stunningly good novelist, one of our very best" (James Patterson)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written - pure class 22 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Gennaro and Kenzie are yet again on a multi-faceted trail involving some of the most disturbing sides of humanity. This time we are on the trail of a missing child, lost drug money; all disappearing in to thin air. Although there are references to other books - the forward pace of the storyline is maintained throughout. I love Bubba (wouldn't want to be on his wrong side though!) and Lehane manages to weave deep emotions throughout; in fact, this one made me cry. If you've never read Lehane before, buy this one, read it, and they buy the rest. You won't regret it.
Hope he doesn't take too long writing the next one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever plot, great writing 15 Jun 2006
By Lis
Lehane's story about how private investigators Kenzie & Gennaro are drawn into the search for a missing child, the neglected Amanda McCready, is more than just a stonking good mystery/detective novel.

It's also a thought-provoking read, dealing with the sometimes difficult subject of child neglect and abuse, and the efforts of a few souls to offer a few lucky children a better life. There is no happy ending in this story, in fact the closing pages are heart wrenching in their "unfairness".

Like other Lehane novels I've read, the plot is well constructed and the story well paced. There's the usual sprinkling of humour to lighten the tone, too. All in all a good read. So much so that my (French) husband devoured this book whilst on holiday. I've never seen him reading so much!

You won't be disappointed by this book. If you are already familiar with Lehane then you know what to expect, and if you're not this book is as good as any to start with.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe Inspiring 28 Sep 2001
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I cried when I read parts of this. I think a key part of Lehane's writing abilities are how the characters are human - flawed and realistic. Even the good guys have off days or less than noble thoughts - and the bad guys occasionally surpise you with deeds that you'd expect too noble for them. And as for Bubba - he's in a class of his own. Read all of these books - he deserves to be a star in the UK.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly outstanding work of fiction 21 Sep 1999
By A Customer
While reading this book on holiday, I found it impossible to put down. Lehane guides you through the twists and turns of Bostons underworld impeccably. The characters shone through with wit and charm, with the rollercoaster of a plot keeping on the edge of your seat until the final gut-wrenching twist at the end. Cant wait until Lehanes next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suffer the little children 18 Sep 2012
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The fourth, and arguably the best, of the Kenzie-Gennaro novels. (Certainly the best known due to Ben Affleck's very fine cinema version of the story). Patrick and Angie, much against their better judgement, are drawn into the hunt for a missing girl, Amanda McCready, by Amanda's aunt Beatrice.

This is a book in two parts. The first two thirds of the book are a compelling procedural as Angie and Patrick are reluctantly accepted as adjuncts to the police investigation into Amanda's disapperance. In the final third Patrick and Angie finally, and to their utter dismay, manage to unravel the layers of deceit that surround the case.

In many ways this is the most horrific of the Kenzie-Gennaro series because its subject is the shockingly commonplace matter of child abuse and violence against children. Even the warmth of the relationships between Patrick, Angie and their friend Bubba is insufficient to stave off the bleakness for either the reader or the characters themselves. It is an angry book as well as being a hugely morally complex one, peppered with some fine humour (I particularly enjoy Patrick's occasional vitriolic asides on movies and music) and some finely drawn sequences of violence.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Investigating the kidnapping of four-year-old Amanda McCready, daughter of a neglectful single mother/druggie/barfly in Dorchester, Massachusetts, private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro get caught up in one of their most challenging cases. The fourth in the Kenzie/Gennaro series by Lehane, this case is not "just" a kidnapping on their home turf. The pair also investigates Cheese Olamon, a Scandinavian giant they knew when they were growing up--now a drug dealer with serious underworld connections, a convict and enforcer. Amanda's mother has been involved with Olamon and may have lucked into a $200,000 payoff meant for him, within moments of Cheese's arrest and incarceration. No one knows what happened to the money or whether it is related to the kidnapping of Amanda.

Investigators Kenzie and Gennaro, who live together, become emotionally involved in this wrenching case, tracking down clues that suggest that Amanda is dead. They are also forced to deal with renegade members of the Boston Police, who do their own enforcing, which is faster and easier than dealing with the justice system. Some of these renegades have their own secrets to hide, and Kenzie and Gennaro soon prove to be dangerous to them. Meetings in the woods at night, shootouts, executions, crosses and double-crosses leave Kenzie and Gennaro no closer to finding Amanda, and time is running out.

Always adept at creating characters, Lehane creates new conflicts here between Kenzie and Gennaro as they deal with their discoveries and try to agree on their actions. Do they follow the book, or do they do what is "just"? Can they even agree on what justice is?
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