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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:
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Kenzie and Gennaro are private investigators in the blue-collar neighborhoods and ghettos of South Boston-they know it as only natives can. Working out of an old church belfry, Kenzie and Gennaro take on a seemingly simple assignment for a prominent politician: to uncover the whereabouts of Jenna Angeline, a black cleaning woman who has allegedly stolen confidential state documents. Finding Jenna, however, is easy compared to staying alive once they’ve got her.

The investigation escalates, implicating members of Jenna’s family and rival gang leaders while uncovering extortion, assassination, and child prostitution extending from bombed-out ghetto streets to the highest levels of government.

A Drink Before the War, the first in Lehane’s acclaimed series with Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, is a remarkable debut that is at once a pulsating crime thriller and a mirror of our world, one in which the worst human horrors are found closest to home, and the most vicious obscenities are committed in the name of love.

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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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