Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

Lehane returns with what could possibly be his final book featuring Patrick and Angela Kenzie, private investigators with a long and complicated history in Boston. With Moonlight Mile Lehane reopens old wounds suffered in his 1998 book Gone Baby Gone.

Amanda McCready, the child abducted from her neglectful mother in Gone Baby Gone and then found and returned to her mother by Patrick, despite a life-altering ultimatum given to him by Angela, has gone missing again. In the twelve years in between her disappearances, Amanda has grown up into a very savvy and street-smart 16-year-old, while Patrick and Angela have managed to reconcile and eventually marry and have a four-year-old daughter. This disappearance is different then the first one. This time Amanda might not want to be found.

Like his others, Moonlight Mile is a character-driven crime story involving characters possessing an amazing level of depth. Lehane's protagonists are always remarkable yet flawed. Bubba, one of Patrick and Angela's associates who deals in illegal arms and blackmarket prescription drugs, is a massive and intimidating man with a criminal history that would take up several boxes of files in a police wharehouse if ever documented. Yet he's one of the most likeable characters in these books. Lehane's antagonists are equally complicated and enjoyable. This time many of them are part of the Russion mob. And while they're deadly and intimidating, they're also surprisingly likeable and humane.

This book is another fantastic one by an author who has become a favorite of Hollywood in recent years with stories such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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