Prayers for Rain Hardcover – 1 Dec 1999
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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.
"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 the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is another superb example of compelling narrative and vividly realised characters. Possibly not as good as gone baby gone but then almost nothing is.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
Lehane is one of the best thriller writers there is, and Kenzie and Gennaro are a great team.Published 17 months ago by Geek Goddess
I like all Dennis Lehanes Books. At the moment my favourite reading matterPublished 17 months ago by Dorothy Donnelly
As always Dennis Lehane delivers, suspense, lots of unexpected turns, great dialogues, lots of humour together with occasional explosions of violence. A must read!Published 17 months ago by Veronica Franco
Always a nice story running alongside the assignment on the personal side of life. Brilliant themes running through that make you feel like you know the main characters and really... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jennifer