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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818260
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis Lehane won a Shamus Award for A Drink Before the War, his first book about working-class Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. His second in the series, Darkness, Take My Hand, got the kind of high octane reviews that careers are made of. Now Lehane not only survives the dreaded third-book curse, he beats it to death with a stick. Sacred is a dark and dangerous updating of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, as dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires Kenzie and Gennaro to find his daughter, Desiree. Patrick's mentor, a wonderfully devious detective named Jay Becker, has already disappeared in St Petersburg, Florida, while working the case, so the two head there to pick up a trail. Desiree, of course, is nothing like the sweet and simple beauty described by her father, and even Chandler would have been amazed by the plot twists that Lehane manages to keep coming. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"[A] stellar effort...The punishing pace and internal plot logic perform in perfect tandem...Lehane proves he belongs in the big leagues with another gritty and surpassingly entertaining mystery" (Publishers Weekly)

"[Dennis Lehane] turns the hard-boiled detective novel into an elegiac treatise on the corruption of the soul. With the wonderfully written Sacred, he shows that he gets better each time out" (Michael Connelly)

"With its tight dialogue, explosive action scenes and heart wrenching emotional crises, Sacred is difficult to put down" (The Times)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "roonetta" on 1 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is about the fourth Kenzie & Gennaro novel I have read and is absolutely the best. Patrick and Angie are hired by dying Billionaire, Trevor Stone, to look for his missing daughter Desiree, and they embark on a non-stop, action packed, thriller. Throughout the book there are moments of humour and romance, as well as non-stop action. There are more twists in the tale than I think I have ever known in a book and most, although not all, I really didn't see coming. This book is exceptionally well written and I couldn't put it down. The two main characters are extremely likeable, even though they are not without their flaws, and you find yourself rooting for them all the way through the book. My only complaint is that there is a lot of reference to a previous case which I presume is dealt with in a previous book. I will have to check which book this is and buy it immediately. Even though this book gives away what happens in it, nothing could spoil a Lehane novel. However, if you have the chance, check out which order you should read Lehane's books in.
At the risk of repeating myself, this book is fantastic and if you haven't read a Kenzie & Gennaro novel, what are you waiting for?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Whitehead on 7 Jan. 2008
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Private Investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are back. They've closed their office, because of what happened in the last book ("Darkness Take My Hand") and are adamant about not taking on any more cases. At least for a while. But dying billionaire Trevor Stone has different ideas. He has the pair kidnapped, so that they're forced to listen to his proposal. They don't want to, but he offers them twenty grand just to hear what he has to say. Then he tells them about how his darling daughter, who turns out not to be so darling after all, has gone missing in Florida. He's sent PI Jay Becker after her, the man who taught Patrick the biz, but he's vanished as well.

This book takes us out of the seamier side of Boston and isn't as dark as Lehane's last two novels. Though this one is a little lighter in tone, it's still full of the twists and turns we've come to expect from Lehane and, like his last two books, this one too is worth every one of those five stars.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2009
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Dennis Lehane has been writing since 1994 and I believe this was the third book he wrote. I have only read one previous Lehane novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. If possible this book was even better.

We meet Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Patrick is a Private Detective and Angie is his partner both in work and love. They have taken a bit of time off work and are re-discovering their relationship. To their surprise they are kidnapped and taken to the home of Trevor Stone. When they arrive they are asked by Trevor to take on a case for a fee. Desiree Stone, Trevor's daughter, has been missing for three weeks and he needs her to be found. Jay Becker, one of Patrick's old friends, was also sent to find Desiree but he too has gone missing. Patrick and Angie take on the case and find themselves trapped in the middle between truth and lies. The problem is they aren't too sure who the predator is, and who the prey is. The case takes them from Boston to Florida and along the way they get caught up in a company called Grief Release. They just need to figure out where they fit in to the bigger picture.

This book truly had me gripped from the very first chapter to the very last. Lehane has a style of writing that is unlike others I read. The two characters in this book have also featured in Prayers for Rain and I believe they also feature in follow on books too. What I loved is that although Patrick and Angie are doing a serious job there is a slight undertone of very sarcastic humour between them which makes for fantastic reading. The story itself was very strong, yet intricate but doesn't fail to keep your interest. I was kept guessing until the very end and couldn't have asked to read a better book. As I have only read one other Lehane book, I will continue to read his work as it is an absolute joy. I would highly recommend that if you haven't tried Dennis Lehane then you start now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stugar@zoom.co.uk on 8 May 2000
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"Sacred" is Dennis Lehane's third detective novel featuring private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro and there's no doubt at all that Lehane gets better and better with every new book. Maybe one of the best aspects of the Kenzie-Gennaro series is the reappearance of other and lesser characters you've come to know and love from the previous books (though only an idiot would describe Bubba as "lesser"!). And once again "Sacred" now has passing references to incidents in both "Darkness, Take My Hand" and "A Drink Before The War", Lehane's two previous novels. These references are relatively unimportant in themselves and there's no need to have read either of the earlier novels to get a cartload of enjoyment from "Sacred", but regular readers will get a comfortable feeling of familiarity. In fact, Dennis Lehane seems to be creating a developing saga in a series of stand-alone stories, but with each successive book containing links here and there to the one before. "Sacred" is a great read - fans of the tough, fast-moving detective novel are very unlikely to be disappointed.
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