Griefstricken over the death of her mother and the impending death of her father, Desiree Stone has been missing for three weeks - and so has the first investigator hired to find her. Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to continue the search, but nothing is what it seems.
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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.From the Inside Flap:
Author of the critically acclaimed Darkness, Take My Hand and A Drink Before the War, Dennis Lehane, the boldest voice in suspense fiction, once again delights readers with his stunning new novel, Sacred.
This compelling and fast-paced thriller begins when dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Genaro to find his missing daughter. Grief-stricken over the accidental death of her mother and the impending death of her father, Desiree Stone has been missing for three weeks. So has the first investigator Stone hired to find her: Jay Becker, Patrick's mentor.
As Patrick and Angie begin their search, they are led down a trial of half-truths and corruption into a world in which a therapeutic organization may be fronting for a dangerous and seductive cult, a high-tech private investigation firm may be covering up lethal crimes, and a stolen cache of millions in illegal funds may be tied to both disappearances and a tanker full of heroin.
Nothing is remotely what is seems as the detectives travel from the windblown streets of Boston to the rum-punch sunsets of Florida's Gulf Coast and back again, searching for a woman and a man who could be saints or sinners, victims or victimizers, alive or dead. And the more Patrick and Angie discover, the more they realize that on this case, any wrong step will certainly be their last.
Snappy dialogue, explosive action scenes, and original characters have become Dennis Lehane's trademarks. And with Sacred, Lehane confirms his status as today's hottest young author of first-rate mysteries that are also smartly written literary novels.
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