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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Lehane Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kenzie and Gennaro Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780062101723
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With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro—brilliantly showcasing the unique voice and dark, exhilarating vision of a crime fiction phenomenon.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dennis Lehane sets off some real fireworks…Old Boston politicos and young Uzi-toting warlords…Lehane handles it all with a veteran’s aplomb. The violence of his story is balanced by the grace of his prose and the morality of his characters.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Harsh and chilling…An absolutely terrific story.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “Kenzie and Gennaro are likable, multifaceted, dysfunctional smart-asses, so Davis wisely lets their tight dialogue star. In lieu of portraying them with thick Boston accents, Davis utilizes an effortless, accent-free bantering tone that further emphasizes their smoldering sexual chemistry and lifelong friendship. However, Davis appropriately uses accents for supporting characters. Overall, Davis’ voice and narration style are well suited to this gritty story.”

    AudioFile

  • “Lehane offers slick, hip, sparkling dialogue that’s as good as it gets, a plot that rockets along at warp speed, and the wonderfully original, in-your-face crime-solving duo of Kenzie and Dimassi. A terrific first novel and, one hopes, the beginning of a superb series.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner the 1995 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 2/15/2014

    " Dennis Lehane never ceases to amaze me. He's such a fantastic writer and story teller, and with each of his books that I pick up, I'm reminded of that all over again. This is the first in the Kenzie/Gennaro series, and I'm already looking forward to reading the rest. Excellent, excellent stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val Loughney | 2/11/2014

    " It's no Mystic River. But seriously, WHAT IS? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann-Marie | 2/8/2014

    " Not my favorite Lehane - but I want to read more about Kenzie and Gennaro (and nr 2 is much better...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie | 2/5/2014

    " Dennis Lehane is a writer extraordinaire. Not just his plots or his characters, but his use of words and descriptive powers. This series is outstanding for all of the above reasons. If I would have needed another reason to keep reading Lehand (and I didn't) he was one of writing contributors to "The Wire", TX's all-time greatest show. But this is about his novels, andthey are must-read for fans of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/1/2014

    " At first I thought this was too slow, but halfway through it became a page-turner. This author also wrote "Gone Baby Gone" and "Mystic River," two fairly recent films. I'm giving him another try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/31/2014

    " This was ok. I thought the plot was decent, but I had a really hard time caring about the characters. I don't think I will read the other book in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannes Holmquist | 1/22/2014

    " Dennis Lehane being pretty much the only guy I read in this genre I have pretty high expectations when I read his works, I found myself hardly remember how this book ended now a week later as I'm writing this review so obviously there was something missing for me. It was just too many cliche characters and situations who felt like they were not written for the book itself but with the 90s Hollywood movie scene in mind. Mostly just the language keeps this story from getting a one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Clayton | 1/21/2014

    " I was a little worried after the first few chapters. The dialogue felt a little too consciously hardboiled cool. But the farther it goes the more Lehane hits his stride. By the end I was completely digging it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bjoern Rochel | 1/18/2014

    " Well crafted story. Really likable lead characters as well. Definitely going to read the followup "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mario | 1/15/2014

    " Wicked pissah. Boston through and through. Clever use of modern day detective talk. Gritty, gutty and interesting. I'll read the rest of this duo's adventures for sure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ciiku | 12/13/2013

    " Struggled to finish the book. I felt the storyline was weak and hated the constant use of the 'Ni**er' word used to describe the black characters :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/8/2013

    " well written, but the story got lost in his moralizing at times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vic | 12/8/2013

    " Pretty good. A little hacky, but I still want to read the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 12/4/2013

    " new series for me. unusual hero's. heavy racial themes. will read the second installment before i decide to continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 8/18/2013

    " Good solid crime novel. I'll pick up more of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 6/18/2013

    " A very good read and particularly interesting to those familiar with the Boston area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 3/4/2013

    " Not as good as most of the others in this series, but introduces the characters and sets the tone. Fine writing by Lehane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Shaw | 12/24/2012

    " I really like these two protagonists. They drive this story home and I'm hooked. I accidentally read the last book first( Moonlight Mile), but I am now moving from here to the second. Great series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Billymojo | 11/14/2012

    " I'm done with this author. The Given Day was OK in that I learned some about the Boston Police Strike. But this book combines three things so typical: violence, chatty humor and pop psychology. I'm just not interested. Life's too short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 8/19/2012

    " Another great suspenseful mystery by Dennis Lehane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roman | 8/3/2012

    " A very solid crime novel - finished it in less than 24hours so the term page-turner is well deserved here. Can't wait to read other books in the series - interesting story, believable characters - that's how crime thrillers should look like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deanna | 7/2/2012

    " gave up on it...didn't hold my interest at all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria W | 6/24/2012

    " Here's hoping all the good reviews are true! They were! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 3/2/2012

    " I really enjoyed the movies based on Lehane's books, especially Gone Baby Gone. Now I'm a fan of the books too. A good mystery series. Quick read and entertaining without being too predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al Canary | 2/24/2012

    " I made it to page 138 of a very water stained library version to the catch line. "Lemmie buy you a drink before the war." Uttered by one of protag's during a drinking & fighting binge. Enough already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary Mclaughlin | 1/27/2012

    " The Kenzie and Genarro books, one after another, were consistently enjoyable. Be sure to read them in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 10/10/2011

    " Wow ! What a book. Lehane really knows how to write a mystery thriller. First one I have read of his and will now read more. His characters – detectives Patrick and Angie – kind of remind me of Elvis and Pike of Robert Crais books. If you like mystery thrillers you will like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 10/2/2011

    " Pretty good book - I immediately bought the next one in the series. I really like the main characters. I think the stories could be a bit shorter, but I love Lehane's writing style and will most likely read everything he writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 10/1/2011

    " I mostly enjoyed this book. It was, at times, a bit too graphic though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mario | 10/1/2011

    " Wicked pissah. Boston through and through. Clever use of modern day detective talk. Gritty, gutty and interesting. I'll read the rest of this duo's adventures for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christophlaw80 | 9/22/2011

    " i love love love this series...the mysteries themselves arent very deep or complex..but its the characters and town of south boston that you fall in love with...i miss that damn city. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Guy | 9/22/2011

    " Meh. If this is award winning detective fiction, then detective fiction must suck. If you liked the movie version of Gone Baby Gone, considering reading this and the follow ups that lead the characters to Gone Baby Gone. 2 out of possible 5 Captain Picard as Dixon Hill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ulrika | 9/19/2011

    " The book was a little dark and gritty. Very violent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tinker | 9/9/2011

    " I think if all his books are similar, I needn't bother to read any more..... "

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About the Author
Author Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. Mystic River was a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and it won the Anthony Award, the Barry Award for Best Novel, and the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, given by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.