Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
New York : William Morrow and Company, 1996. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 336 pages ; 25 cm. $24.00 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
Darkness, Take My hand
Gritty and thoroughly engaging, Darkness, Take My Hand is the electrifying sequel to Dennis Lehane's award-winning and best-selling debut novel, A Drink Before the War.
Lehane's stunning thriller sees the return of tough-talking, hard-playing Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. The detectives are enjoying Indian summer in their office in an old church belfry in Dorchester—the blue-collar, racially and ethnically diverse but troubled part of Boston where they grew up—when they are called to their next case.
Dr. Diandra Warren, a prominent psychiatrist, believes she has inadvertently angered a powerful member of the Boston Irish Mafia and asks Patrick and Angie to protect her vulnerable son from retribution. Can the detectives shield him from the thug who is not only right-hand man to the head of the Irish Mafia but who grew up with Patrick and Angie? Can Dr. Warren's ex-husband, the most powerful district attorney in the Boston area, help to protect his estranged son?
As the detectives are drawn deeper into the case, bodies begin piling up around them. The clues begin to point unaccountably to an unlikely suspect—a serial killer who has been in prison for twenty years of a life sentence. Patrick and Angie must find out if he has indeed inexplicably resurfaced and what, if anything, his connection is to die people from their neighborhood.
With Darkness, Take My Hand, Lehane once again creates a world sizzling with sex and violence and an k humor. Lehane's first-rate written novel solidifies his standing voices of contemporary private-eye writers.
DENNIS LEHANE'S A Drink Before the War won the Shamus Award presented by the Private Eye Writers of America for Best Private Investigator First Novel arid was a Boston Globe best-seller. Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and still lives in the Boston area. He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing.
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