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Prayers for Rain Hardcover – 1 Dec 1999


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (1 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068815333X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688153335
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,795,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prayers for Rain is Dennis Lehane's fifth instalment in his intricately plotted, beautifully written and much under-acknowledged Boston mystery series. Lehane's books reflect our morally complex times, when the borders between right and wrong are somewhat blurry.

Private investigator Patrick Kenzie is in the middle of a personal crisis--he's lost his passion for the profession and is tired of people with their "predictable vices, their predictable needs and wants and dormant desires." Angie Gennaro, his occasional sweetheart, lifelong friend and fellow investigator has quit the business. She's still deeply resentful about Patrick's handling of the Amanda McCready case, the focus of Gone, Baby, Gone. Without Angie, private investigating has lost its fizz.

The suicide of a former client, Karen Nichols, gives Kenzie his investigative itch back. Six months earlier, Kenzie tracked down a stalker who had been harassing Nichols and put an end to his heinous hobby. But Nichols needed more help than this PI could ever have imagined. "She'd been drowning and I'd been busy." The successful, middle-class young woman had been sinking into a sea of drugs, alcohol and prostitution, hitting the bottom when she jumped from the Boston Custom House. Her death consumes Kenzie--he is convinced that someone pulled her into the vortex, although her nearest and dearest simply call her weak.

Kenzie teams up with his explosive, loving, gun-toting friend Bubba Rogowski, and, after a boozy reunion, Angie Gennaro joins them. This fearless threesome must surely be the most original team in contemporary crime fiction. Good at the core--but seriously screwed up by various demons from their pasts--tact and decorum is hardly their style. They work their way across Boston, doing whatever it takes to question Nichols's family and acquaintances. By unveiling the real Nichols, tragic family secrets, betrayals and conspiracies are also unmasked.

If you haven't experienced Dennis Lehane's world before, be prepared for an invigorating new reading experience. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"With sharp dialogue, inventively gruesome violence and the darkest of dark humor, Lehane's fifth novel proves again that he's the hippest heir of Hammett and Chandler" (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

"A masterpiece. Stunning. Brilliant. Mesmerizing. Satisfying. All that and so much more... Steal this book if that's the only way you can get your hands on it" (Deadly Pleasures)

"Lehane's gritty psychothrillers have carved a distinctive patch on the map of contemporary crime writing... One of the most electrifying thriller writers" (Guardian)

"The well-oiled plot mechanics, edge-of-the-knife dialogue and explosive bursts of violence are polished and primed in this hard-boiled shocker" (The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 17 Aug 2001
Format: Paperback
This was a bit hard to put down, quite frankly, and I finished it in two sessions.

Parts of the plot are pretty improbable, but the story moves very well with characters who are easy to warm to. Good doses of wit too, here and there.

In short, Lehane has done little wrong, in my view, with this very good thriller.

There's enough room for a sequel here, so it will be interesting to see if he does follow through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a book to take away on holiday with me and for some strange reason I chose a book by an author I'd never heard of, and I'm glad I did. I found this book turned the pages itself. I finished it on the first night much to my disappointment as I still had 2weeks left. I have since read all of the Kenzie/Gennero series and I hope Lehane decides to write more. I found the way in which the Lehane takes on the role as Kenzie to be amazing. In some books you see every one perspective which can spoil the plot some what but Lehanes way of writing and attention to detail makes you believe that you are Kenzie. The only thing that spoiled the series for me was the fact that I didn't read them in order, which on a couple of occasions spoiled the plot but never, spoilt a very enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sep 2000
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This is the latest in Dennis Lehane's Boston detective series and in my opinion it's the best so far. While each book could be read on it's own you get a better feel for the characters if you read them in order, so in Prayers For Rain you already know a lot about them but new layers are still being revealed. Bubba in particular becomes more rounded and is approaching Joe Pike status (the gun-wielding partner in Robert Crais's equally excellent Elvis Cole books). From Patrick and Angie, more of the the same wise-cracking back-chat, and I wouldn't want it any other way. If you like your crime fiction dark and scary (they do have a habit of running into the worst kind of psychopath...yeah, okay there probably isn't a good type), and permeated with sharp and slightly twisted humour, then these books are definitely for you. If not....you don't know what you're missing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov 1999
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dennis lehane has done it again. a compelling narrative with the usual dark tormented soul stuff but what really makes his novels is the characters. it's enough to make you forgive the use of first person narrative the villainy seems to step up book by book as well. not as dark as sacred, prayers for rain is still full of the violence and passion we've come to expect. and thank god angie gennaro's back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jeannot18@hotmail.com on 25 Sep 2000
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If you have read Lehane's previous books you will love Prayers for Rain. The dialogue is sharp and funny at sometimes. As usual Lehane takes you to places you have never been before. So far he is the best writer I came across writting about PI, he beats the like of Parker, Crais etc. The only shame is that he does not writes more frequently.
John, London
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2009
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First published in 1999, Prayers for Rain is the fifth in the series about Boston private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, and has turned out to be the last. They split up personally and professionally after the previous novel, and for a considerable portion of this one Kenzie is working alone, but he's not enjoying life without Angie and occasionally questions his commitment to continue in what can be a potentially lethal vocation. The case he becomes involved in in this tale initially struck me as a little unconvincing as his 'client' isn't alive so there can be no possibility of getting paid to investigate her death. Fortunately as he digs deeper the story becomes gradually more interesting, he re-unites with Angie and is eventually rewarded for his brave efforts. Essentially this is a story of greed and blackmail built on secrets and lies buried years in the past of the elusive people Kenzie and Angie pursue, with notable assistance from the criminally psychotic Bubba Rogowski.

The story's OK but the writing style is excellent throughout, in turn suspenseful, surreal, romantic and tragically comic. Lehane gives me the impression that he writes for his own entertainment but beneath the occasionally breezy style there is a high standard of professional writing. One of the areas in which he stands out is in his brief but frequent reminders of the sights, sounds, smells and general atmospheres of any given scene; so many novelists overlook the importance of this, particularly when lengthy dialogues are taking place. Donna Leon is another author who captures the mood in conversation well, but she sometimes overdoes it; Lehane gets the balance just right and uses economy as well as detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
(4.5 stars) Never one to be deterred by legal "technicalities" when he solves his cases, Patrick Kenzie, a Boston private detective, is up to his eyeballs in his own problems when Karen Nichols asks him to stop a stalker. Kenzie and his long-time partner/sometimes lover Angie Gennaro have worked together in four previous Dennis Lehane novels, but they have now split, and Kenzie is at loose ends. After solving Karen's problem, he ignores a later phone call, then reads six months later that she has jumped to her death. Thinking that she must have had a new problem that he was too "busy" to investigate, he wonders if he might have contributed to her death and feels honor bound to find out why she jumped.

As Kenzie investigates Karen's background and family, he turns up what may be the most dysfunctional family situation ever created. But he also discovers that Karen led a totally different life at the time of her death than the seemingly innocent and vulnerable life she led just six months before. Her mother and stepfather are unfazed by her death--and no one misses her or mourns her--except Kenzie, who is more curious than mournful. Teaming up once again with Angie, who helped him with an early aspect of the case, he continues his investigation, eventually calling upon Bubba Rogowski, another old friend, for help. Rogowski, a Vietnam War vet with "lobster tails" of scars on his chest and hidden shrapnel within, has even bigger scars and "shrapnel" within his psyche.

As Kenzie uncovers Karen's long-time psychiatric problems and their origin within her family, the suspense ratchets up. Karen's little half-sister died at the age of four, and her brother stepbrother Wesley has had no contact with the family for ten years.
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