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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553812211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553812213
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,297 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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"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"In the miserably hot summer of 1999...the superb detective novels of Dennis Lehane--became a kind of lifeline for me." Stephen King, "The New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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Things haven't been going well for Patrick Kenzie, so when Karen Nichols hires him to get a stalker off her back, he doesn't give it his best effort. Then when Karen commits suicide he's consumed by guilt. With Angie and Bubba with him on the case, Patrick learns that there was more than a stalker in Karen's life and now all three of them are in danger.

This book is best read after the others in the series, but it is a stand alone novel. And like his other books, Lehane takes us on a ride to the dark side of human behavior, but he's such an excellent story teller that we're there before we know it happened. There is a lot violence here and it seems all too real, so real it's scary. Lehane paints his people with the brush of truth, his descriptions with the brush of fact. A five star book if ever there was one.

Review submitted by Captain Katie Osborne
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By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2001
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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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Some SPOILERS for "Gone Baby, Gone" below

This, the fifth of the Kenzie-Gennaro series, sees Patrick and Angie estranged, their personal relationship and professional partnership at an end following the devastating events portrayed in Gone Baby, Gone. Instead Patrick is working alone on routine missing persons cases when he finds that a former client has killed herself. Feeling guilty at having failed her Patrick decides to look into her death to find out just what happened. What transpires is a dangerous cat and mouse game with a psychopath whose particular modus operandi is the undermining of peoples' lives and driving them to suicide.

There are strong echoes of the second Kenzie-Gennaro novel, Darkness Take My Hand, in the plot of this book. But the well trodden nature of the plot is probably secondary in this novel to the question of how Patrick and Angie begin to rebuild their personal and professional relationships. In addition, pleasingly, Bubba takes a more central role in this book, filling in large parts of his back story in the process.

So, not the best in the series, but still a fine outing with two of the most likeable gumshoes in literature.
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By A Customer on 7 Sept. 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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By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2001
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I read a lot of books and review them all on Amazon. Usually I am reluctant to award 5 stars to any book but this book deserves all the stars it can get. Wonderful story , well written , well observed , likeable and believable characters. What else could you ask for I can't wait to sample more from this author
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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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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Darkness, Take My Hand, I had my Christmas wish list fulfilled when I received Prayers for Rain in my stocking! Again Dennis Lehane has excelled himself with a fast paced, enthralling and exciting tale. It was great to see him slowly draw Angie back into Patrick's life. He conveys their complicated and intricate history together beautifully without detracting from the main plot. The whole tale kept me guessing to the end as to who was involved in Karen's death. You'll find yourself surprised!
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