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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.

Topics: Serial Killers, Murder, Police, Private Investigators, Women Detectives, Secrets, Secret Life, Psycho- & Sociopaths, Revenge, Massachusetts, Boston, New England, Noir, Violent, and First Person Narration

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061807992
List price: $6.99
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Well, once again, Dennis Lehane has managed to grab me and solidly rivet me to one of his books...while turning page after page well into the night. As with every book I've read by him (all but one now that I've not yet read)....I have been completely smitten and unable to put down this story of murder, suspense, love and loss."Darkness, Take My Hand" was a winner from page one. The characters Angie Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie, private investigators with a long history, are contacted by an old acquaintance with the prospect of a case....a wealthy psychiatrist who has received a threatening message from an unknown source. Thus begins a journey into the web of insanity and danger so extreme, that it consumes all involved without mercy.There are so many twists and turns in this story, I don't even know where to begin to try to describe it....only that this one will grab you and won't let go until the very last page....and leave you reeling after a thrill ride that you won't soon forget.If you've never read Dennis Lehane, you are really missing out. "Darkness, Take My Hand" is a 5 star winner, without question. I highly recommend this book!!read more
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"Darkness Take My Hand" is the second in Dennis Lehane's series featuring private investigator team Patrick Kenzie and Angie Genhnaro. This series is on the extremely gritty end of the spectrum of books that I read, with more violence and harsh language than is my usual cuppa tea. I keep reading them for the same reason I keep reading James Lee Burke's series featuring Dave Robicheaux: the quality of the writing. Well-crafted, complex characters; descriptive writing that takes you to the setting with all your senses; plots with more twists and turns than a country mountain road; and just good, solid storytelling touching upon issues that make you think.In this one, Kenzie & Gennaro are hired by a psychologist who believes her son is being threatened because the girlfriend of a mob henchman confided to her about a murder. But nothing is quite as it appears. As murder and mayhem break out in Kenzie's old Boston neighborhood, links are made with a series of 2-decade-old crimes, and dirty old secrets rise to the surface. And no one in Patrick Kenzie's inner circle is safe.A monstrously good thriller!read more
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I came across this series some ten years after the first one was published and was a bit miffed that I had missed out for so long. When I finally read it, I just loved the first one, A Drink Before The War. So after finishing Darkness, Take My Hand, am I still miffed? Heck, yeah. This one's better than the first. Lehane's plot is wonderfully crisp. Nothing is wasted, no dead lulls here. The characters feel real, with all the flaws and delightfulness of real people. And Lehane's prose is just fantastic! I'm really looking forward now to the third in the series.read more
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Well, once again, Dennis Lehane has managed to grab me and solidly rivet me to one of his books...while turning page after page well into the night. As with every book I've read by him (all but one now that I've not yet read)....I have been completely smitten and unable to put down this story of murder, suspense, love and loss."Darkness, Take My Hand" was a winner from page one. The characters Angie Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie, private investigators with a long history, are contacted by an old acquaintance with the prospect of a case....a wealthy psychiatrist who has received a threatening message from an unknown source. Thus begins a journey into the web of insanity and danger so extreme, that it consumes all involved without mercy.There are so many twists and turns in this story, I don't even know where to begin to try to describe it....only that this one will grab you and won't let go until the very last page....and leave you reeling after a thrill ride that you won't soon forget.If you've never read Dennis Lehane, you are really missing out. "Darkness, Take My Hand" is a 5 star winner, without question. I highly recommend this book!!
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"Darkness Take My Hand" is the second in Dennis Lehane's series featuring private investigator team Patrick Kenzie and Angie Genhnaro. This series is on the extremely gritty end of the spectrum of books that I read, with more violence and harsh language than is my usual cuppa tea. I keep reading them for the same reason I keep reading James Lee Burke's series featuring Dave Robicheaux: the quality of the writing. Well-crafted, complex characters; descriptive writing that takes you to the setting with all your senses; plots with more twists and turns than a country mountain road; and just good, solid storytelling touching upon issues that make you think.In this one, Kenzie & Gennaro are hired by a psychologist who believes her son is being threatened because the girlfriend of a mob henchman confided to her about a murder. But nothing is quite as it appears. As murder and mayhem break out in Kenzie's old Boston neighborhood, links are made with a series of 2-decade-old crimes, and dirty old secrets rise to the surface. And no one in Patrick Kenzie's inner circle is safe.A monstrously good thriller!
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I came across this series some ten years after the first one was published and was a bit miffed that I had missed out for so long. When I finally read it, I just loved the first one, A Drink Before The War. So after finishing Darkness, Take My Hand, am I still miffed? Heck, yeah. This one's better than the first. Lehane's plot is wonderfully crisp. Nothing is wasted, no dead lulls here. The characters feel real, with all the flaws and delightfulness of real people. And Lehane's prose is just fantastic! I'm really looking forward now to the third in the series.
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As other reviewers have said, this book is dark. It's creepy and you'll want to lock your doors before reading at night! But it didn't hit me as hard as some Thomas Harris books have. What I really enjoy about this series is the romantic tension between the Angie and Patrick, the complexity of their relationship is very well done. In a good book, characters are allowed to grow and change as real people do, and Denis Lehane does that very well with his characters over the course of these books. I encourage you to read them in order, as this book has much more depth if you know what happens in A Drink Before the War.
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In this the second book in his Kenzie-Gennaro detective series, Dennis Lehane begins to show his skills in earnest (surpassing [[ASIN:0156029022 A Drink Before the War]]). The complex plot is well-constructed and expertly revealed. The book opens with Kenzie reflecting on the events to follow and foreshadowing an ominous tale. Kenzie is called in by a young man's mother to investigate a threat against him by the Irish mob. Kenzie and Gennaro get a sit down meet with the mobsters through their own psycho friend Bubba that leads pretty much nowhere. Kenzie continues to poke around in Boston's underbelly and nothing he finds is anything but pretty. Dead bodies start to stack up that suggest a serial killer is on the loose - but another killer reaches out to Kenzie from prison. His interview with this inmate called to mind the Silence of the Lambs. Lehane creates a truly disturbed person who causes primal fear even though he's shackled and behind bars. Are the events separated by some two decades somehow related? And who's calling the tune? The writing is very good, the story is taut and a page-turner. If you are like me, you will soon develop a whodunit theory or two that turn out to be way off course, a sign of a good mystery. Lehane explores the psychology of the extremely violent and how they got that way, but be forewarned, the violence is extreme and not infrequent. Even the survivors are damaged perhaps irretrievably. With the caveat about the violence, this book is highly recommended. But really folks, Lehane is not kidding about the darkness. A conditional five stars.
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Very good mystery. Very interesting look at crime, humanity, and murder. Not only kept me on the edge of my seat but made me think as well.
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