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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 (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,580 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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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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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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O.K - warning before we go any further - if you are unable to willingly suspend your disbelief for 300 and odd pages, then this book, or the other Kenzie and Gennaro novels, are probably not for you. True, if you are looking for the last word in drab realism, you will be disappointed, and if you are seeking to studious dissect out holes in plot and motivation then you will be able to nit-pick for a considerable time.
Those however looking for an engaging, humourous and entertaining thriller will have to walk a long mile before they find a better read.
Our two heros Kenzie and Gennaro, and even their psychotic sidekick Bubba, manage to remain people we want to know more of, to spend time with, and to root for - true, they seem rather more attractive and morally sound than one might have a right to expect at times, and their back stories occasionally smack of being put in place to add background colour, but, (and in this I obviously disagree with some other readers), I found the evolving relationship between the two partners a central and involving theme of the book, rather than the more usual cheap attempt to inject much needed sexual tension into a dieing narrative.
Although the plot centres around the chase for a serial killer of children, and occasionally touches on areas previously made their own by authors such as Thomas Harris, it unfolds more organically than most, and slowly accelerates to a furious, and genuinely moving climax.
This is not Shakespeare, nor is it even the perfect example of the rollercoaster thriller it sets out to be - the familiarity of certain plot lines prevents that. For me, other novels in the series come closer, although I suspect that may be personnal taste.
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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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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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