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When wisecracking detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro agree to protect the son of a prominent psychiatrist who believes she may have angered the Boston Irish Mafia, they soon find bodies are piling up around them seemingly unconnected with their case. And what's more all the clues point to an unlikely suspect a serial killer who has been in prison for twenty years, so he can't be killing again, can he? As Angie and Patrick try to find out what kind of human being could perform such horrifying acts of rape, mutilation, torture and dismemberment, they discover that the killer's motive is disturbingly rooted in their own distant past. In a series of heart-stopping climaxes that grow ever more terrifying and bloody, the two work frantically with the Boston cops, the FBI, the local Mafia, and the folks from their old neighbourhood to unearth the killer before they become victims themselves.
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In Darkness, Take My Hand, Dennis Lehane gives readers an authentic view of the Boston suburb of Dorchester, the scene of A Drink Before the War, winner of the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Dorchester, a solid blue-collar town with no shortage of good spots at which to sully up to the bar for a beer, is tarnished by a 20-year string of strangely similar killings. Patrick Kenzie, a local, becomes the improbable hero of this tale when he makes it his business to solve the slayings. The characters he encounters in Dorchester, with their distinctive accents and colorful pasts, make this mystery not only thrilling, but wildly entertaining.From the Back Cover:
Gritty and thoroughly engaging, this is the electrifying sequel to Dennis Lehane's best-selling debut novel, A Drink Before the War.
Tough-talking, hard-playing Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are enjoying an Indian summer when they are called to their next case. Dr. Diandra Warren, a prominent psychiatrist believes she has inadvertently angered a powerful member of the Boston Irish mafia and asks Patrick and Angie to protect her vulnerable son from retribution. Can the detectives shield him from the thug who is not only right-hand man to the head of the Irish Mafia, but who grew up with Patrick and Angie? Can Dr. Warren's ex-husband, the most powerful district attorney in the Boston area, help to protect his estranged son?
As the detectives are drawn deeper into the case, bodies begin piling up around them. The clues begin to point to an unlikely suspect--a serial killer who has been in prison for twenty years of a life sentence. Patrick and Angie must find out if he has indeed inexplicably resurfaced and what, if anything, his connection is to the people from their neighborhood.
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Book Description Bantam Books (Transworld Publi, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11055350584X
Book Description Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group), 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M055350584X
Book Description Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group). PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 055350584X New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1823596