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Dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaroto find his missing daughter. Grief-stricken over the death of her mother and the impending death of her father, Desiree Stone has been missing for three weeks. So has the first investigator Stone hired to find her: Jay Becker, Patrick's mentor.

Patrick and Angie are led down a trail of half-truths and corruption into a world in which a therapeutic organization may be fronting for a dangerous and seductive cult, a high-tech private investigation firm may be covering up lethal crimes, and a stolen cache of millions in illegal funds may be tied to both disappearances and a tanker full of heroin. Nothing is what it seems as the detectives travel from the windblown streets of Boston to the rum-punch sunsets of Florida's Gulf Coast. And the more Patrick and Angie discover, the more they realize that on this case any wrong step will certainly be their last . . .

Snappy dialogue, explosive action scenes, and original characters have become Dennis Lehane's trademarks. With Sacred, Lehane confirms his status as today's hottest young author of first-rate mysteries that are also smartly written literary novels.

Topics: Missing Persons, Corruption, Family, Private Investigators, Kidnapping, Crime, Murder, Death, Secrets, Betrayal, Cults, Florida, Boston, 1990s, Suspenseful, Tense, Gripping, Noir, and 20th Century

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061807664
List price: $8.99
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Descriptions of Boston are vivid as usual, but this particular narrative failed to grab me. Review of action from prior book seemed awkward. DNF, but this is not a slam to the author, just an indication that I hadn't the patience to hang on past three chapters.read more
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Another great Kenzie and Gennaro mystery! Probably my favorite so far; I finished it in one night.read more
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The third installment of Lehane’s mystery series, finds Kenzie and Gennaro tracking the missing daughter of a billionaire, Desiree Stone, apparently set adrift by grief over the deaths of her mother and boyfriend and her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis. The investigators eventually learn that even their client and the apparent victim in the case can’t be trusted.As in the previous novel, Lehane seems more interested in building plot than in his gift for solid story-telling, as the twists and turns in the book seem to serve no other purpose than to twist and turn the reader. Ultimately, the growth of Kenzie and Gennaro as people and as characters saves the book from itself.Bottom Line: Read it to find out what’s next for Kenzie and Genarro and less for the mystery.4 bones!!!!read more
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Descriptions of Boston are vivid as usual, but this particular narrative failed to grab me. Review of action from prior book seemed awkward. DNF, but this is not a slam to the author, just an indication that I hadn't the patience to hang on past three chapters.
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Another great Kenzie and Gennaro mystery! Probably my favorite so far; I finished it in one night.
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The third installment of Lehane’s mystery series, finds Kenzie and Gennaro tracking the missing daughter of a billionaire, Desiree Stone, apparently set adrift by grief over the deaths of her mother and boyfriend and her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis. The investigators eventually learn that even their client and the apparent victim in the case can’t be trusted.As in the previous novel, Lehane seems more interested in building plot than in his gift for solid story-telling, as the twists and turns in the book seem to serve no other purpose than to twist and turn the reader. Ultimately, the growth of Kenzie and Gennaro as people and as characters saves the book from itself.Bottom Line: Read it to find out what’s next for Kenzie and Genarro and less for the mystery.4 bones!!!!
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Another not-so-great page-turner from Lehane. He is very readable -- I finished the book in two days -- but he employs a degree of melodrama that's distasteful. His characters and the situations are cinematic in the negative sense. This would be fine in a genre less anchored to realism, but in a gritty crime novel, its a flaw that becomes fatal.That said, it's a fine book for a plane or a beach. And I completely endorse his rant against modern architecture. 6.6.09
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quick read, nothing extraordinary but enjoyable. A bit tiresome by the end.
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This one made me laugh out loud. More than once. In a good way. Yeah, it’s a detective novel and there are preposterous things in it – like the perfect understandings between strangers and hairsbreadth escapes, but that’s what it’s supposed to be. Angie and Patrick are a team and share responsibility for casework, bloodshed and screw-ups. It’s nice to see. Of course Desiree is not what she seems. Neither is Trevor. The old man wants her dead, not found. Because she tried to kill him. She killed her mother in the faked car-jacking instead. In the end, they are left tied by the ankles to chairs in a huge room in Trevor’s mansion where the first to put their fieldstripped semi-automatic together, gets to shoot the other. Pretty funny. They both get a shot home and are found dead.I am surprised that Jay was killed off. I didn’t expect that. I think he would have been useful in later books. The detective firm that he worked for was destroyed (and one of the partners killed) by Trevor and so there would have been no business’ covenant to break if Jay went into the business on his own. Oh well. Patrick has other buddies who can come to his rescue. Like Bubba and his acetylene torch. Now THAT was a funny scene.
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