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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,593 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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The master of the new noir, Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in this terrifying tale of darkness and redemption.

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate. But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long-dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything—including the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Taut writing…Lehane is one of those brave new detective stylists who is not afraid of fooling around the genre’s traditions.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • Darkness, Take My Hand places Lehane in the top rank of suspense authors.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Masterfully plotted and beautifully written…A fierce and frightening story of crimes of the flesh and the heart.”

    Cincinnati Enquirer

  • “Outstanding…The story is densely peopled with multidimensional characters; there are no forgettable, walk-on roles on Lehane’s stage. Lehane’s voice, original, haunting, and straight from the heart, places him among the top rank of stylists who enrich the modern mystery novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An explosive story that is at once gut-wrenchingly violent and achingly melancholy…Lehane’s perfectly crafted plot leers, teases, taunts, and lulls, scattering bits of humor and heartbreak among the soul-chilling episodes of death and destruction. A tour de force from a truly gifted writer.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Renee | 2/14/2014

    " 3-1/2 stars... Dark, intense, brutal. A few I-saw-it-coming scenes, but overall chilling and suspenseful. Lehane's a great writer and I'll definitely read more of his books, but after this and Shutter Island back-to-back, I need a sanity break. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kimberley Arnold | 2/6/2014

    " This one scared me the first time I read it. This one is my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by P. | 2/2/2014

    " Very satisfying read. Lehane's fast becoming my go to guy for mystery/suspense. I do seem to keep picking up books in this series out of order though. Hasn't really been an issue, which in itself is a nice change from a lot of series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/30/2014

    " A dark book. I always had a sense of foreboding, but I just couldn't put it down. He makes you care so much about his characters. I may wait awhile, but I definitely plan to read the rest of the series. "

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