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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,928 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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What if a total stranger was watching your every move? What if he read your mail, listened in on your phone calls, knew what you spoke of only to your most trusted confidants? What if he learned Your routines? Your weaknesses? And, most important, what if he discovered those things you love and cling to…and then he stripped you of them? And sat back to watch while you self-destructed?

Boston private investigator Patrick Kenzie is about to anger such a man.

When Patrick first meets Karen Nichols, she strikes him as the kind of woman who irons her socks—an innocent from a protected upbringing, untouched by tragedy. But six months later Karen commits suicide by leaping from one of Boston's most cherished monuments. Patrick finds himself wondering what can alter someone so drastically, so quickly, that suicide seems her only option. Yet what begins as idle curiosity soon becomes obsessive as Patrick suspects that the tragic events that befell Karen during the last months of her life—an “accident” that destroyed her fiancé; the loss of her job, her apartment, and eventually her mind—may not have been as random as they first appeared.

Enlisting the aid of his ex-partner and ex-flame, Angela Gennaro, as well as that of his friend, the lethally unbalanced Bubba Rogowski, Patrick enters into a treacherous game of cat-and-mouse with a man who, instead of merely killing his victims, prefers to make them wish they were dead. Through the final weeks of a stifling summer, Patrick, Angie, and Bubba wage psychological warfare with this brilliant, depraved sociopath—a war that will bring them face-to-face with the sordid secrets of an affluent family, a brutal Mafioso, a cabal of twisted kidnappers, and a perilous encounter in the misty dark of a cranberry bog.

As the stakes grow higher and more personal, they find they might be fighting a losing battleagainst an enemy the law can't touch, who is always one step ahead of them, who is gradually learning their weaknesses, their loves, and is determined to tear their worlds apart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Prayers for Rain...has all the elements a good mystery needs: a strong cast of characters and sense of place, gripping suspense, fluid dialogue, and meticulous plotting...The book is a page-turner...Lehane’s dialogue is fast and funny...He’s a gifted storyteller.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Dennis Lehane is a master...An A-plus novel—the plus is for thrills.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “With Prayers for Rain, Dennis Lehane confirms his place on a very short list of mystery writers who can do it all and do it brilliantly: plot, setting, mood, characters. In five increasingly complex novels, he simply hasn’t hit a wrong note.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Fine characterizations and edgy dialogue...Packed with punchy action sequences, uneasy stretches where the reader squirms in anticipation of impending disaster, and plenty of dark humor. Dennis Lehane has all the tools of a future Grand Master—the dialogue of Parker, the plotting of Block, the psychological suspense of Rendell—and in Prayers for Rain, he shows them off to fine effect.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Dennis Lehane continues to show his artistry for the hard-boiled noir novel and his flair for examining the moral complexities of the times. Lehane skillfully takes the conventions of the classical hard-boiled novel and adds the sensibilities of the day to produce a mystery that is as modern as it is traditional...An elegant stylist, Lehane captures the beauty and grit of his native Boston...In Prayers for Rain, Lehane delivers a pristinely noir novel that is as poignant as it is fast-paced, with a story that looks at the myths of our lives and the morality we choose or discard.”

    Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

  • “With plot twists, mistaken identities, and vivid visual descriptions, Prayers for Rain is difficult to put down.”

    Austin American-Statesman

  • “Rich in place and people...A violent and strangely sensitive novel.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Gripping and fast-paced.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “A hip, edgy tale...Prayers for Rain is close to perfect in its pacing, characterizations, plot, and suspense. It is a perfect book for the summer hammock, though it won’t help you sleep.”

    Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “Lehane shows a gift for stringing out scenes and creating tension—sexual, homicidal, you name it—that makes a reader eager to find out what comes next...But don’t race ahead and cheat yourself out of the local pleasures.”


  • “With sharp dialogue, inventively gruesome violence, and the darkest of dark humor, Lehane’s fifth novel proves again that he’s the hippest heir of Hammett and Chandler.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alissa | 2/15/2014

    " Total crime porn -- probably doesn't deserve four stars, but despite all the cliches ("Bubba," even if used somewhat ironically, is pretty lame), it was highly readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tanya | 2/10/2014

    " Soooooo not my fave, but it was ok "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe O'c | 1/24/2014

    " Outstanding; Continuing characters: Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro; after a nice woman is driven to destructive behaviors and suicide, the detectives try and reconstruct who destroyed her life, and find the attention now turned to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mainrun | 1/24/2014

    " I read a couple by Dennis Lehane but I gave up on him "

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