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Slow start as a mundane private detective work and relationship is punctuated by a news story: a suicide off the Customs House Tower in downtown Boston. The leaper is a sweet young ex-client whose call Patrick Kensie had selfish failed to answer -- and guilty conscience ensues. The story seems to drag because Kensies motivations are murky even to himself, because there is no Angie spark in Kensies work or play. When the story unwinds, it picks up speed, and rockets to the end.
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At the conclusion of [Gone, Baby, Gone], the preceding installment in Dennis Lehane’s Kenzie/Gennaro mystery series, Boston private detective Patrick Kenzie was forced to make an impossible decision; deliver a neglected and emotionally abused child back to her mother or leave the child with a loving family who’d benevolently orchestrated her kidnapping. The choice left Kenzie’s world atilt. [Prayers for Rain] finds Kenzie working without his partner and friend, Angela Gennaro, for the first time in his life. Hired by a bright, young woman who is being harassed, Kenzie throws the stalker a beating and frightens him away. But when the woman later telephones Kenzie, again asking for help, he ignores her. A few weeks later she commits suicide, jumping from a sixty story observation deck. Kenzie investigates the woman’s suicide, certain that in the effort to explain her death he can regain his center again.Lehane retreats into another somewhat sensational storyline with this episode in Kenzie and Genarro’s life. What begins as a subtle and measured study in self-examination and redemption, careens into a Ludlum-like thriller in the latter half of the book. As with any other Lehane work, the writing is a grade above most mystery writing, literary and intelligent without the pretension. But with [Prayers for Rain], Lehane falls into the same trap evident in the earlier [Darkness Take My Hand] and [Sacred], forcing a super-criminal and a twist-infused plot into an otherwise realistic and thought-provoking story.Bottom Line: Read it because it’s Lehane, and enjoy the grade-A writing and characters, even if the story seems a little forced towards the end.4 bones!!!!
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5th in the Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro series.Just when you think Lehane has reached a pinnacle, to your delight he outdoes himself. I didn’t think it was possible, but this book is, if anything better than its predecessor, Gone, Baby,Gone.A former client takes her life, and Kenzie can not understand why. Unwilling to let go and accept the official verdict of suicide, Kenzie begins investigating her life, trying to unravel the mystery of her rather sudden decline and self-destruction. He and Angie Gennaro have broken up both their professional partnership and their personal relationship as a consequence of the horrific case of child abduction they had worked together. But Angie rejoins Patrick to work out the puzzle. What they find is a deadly stalker.This is a flat-out thriller with some surprising and welcome developments of some of the recurring supporting characters in the series. The plot is the best yet. The writing continues to be the best in the field. Angie and Patrick continue to be real people with real lives outside of the work that they do together. You simply can not ask for more in any novel; the fact that the series not only holds up but continues to improve is some sort of miracle.A gripper, a real page turner, again this was a book I finished in one day because I simply could not put it down.Highly recommended.
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PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, with backup from friend Bubba Rugowski, investigate the harassment and suicide of Karen Nichols. Excellent, well-written story with good characterization and a plot full of twists and turns.
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I found the characters in this book terrifying, between the mafia, the charismatic psychopath and the sociopathic mastermind.
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Prayers for Rain has been in my TBR pile for quite a while--several years at least. Surely not since 1999, though my copy is a new, non-remaindered hardcover, so probably since 2000. I don't feel that bad about leaving it there, because there are still no new Kenzie/Gennaro stories, and it's a bit sad knowing I've read the last one in my TBR pile.The series is about PI Patrick Kenzie, his complex professional/romantic relationship with his partner Angie Gennaro, and their psychotic but extremely loyal pal Bubba Rogowski.This 5th book in the series starts with Kenzie & Gennaro split up, both personally and professionally, and Patrick's not taking it well, reevaluating his life as Angie had. A young woman comes to him for help with a simple stalker, and he solves the problem without breaking a sweat, or even seeing her again.Six months later, the same young woman, who'd been the epitome of "sweet girl next door", has committed suicide. The fact that she'd called him 3 months earlier and he'd forgotten to get back to her makes Patrick curious, so he starts to check things out. The more he learns, the more curious he becomes.Before long, he's enlisted Angie & Bubba's help, and they find themselves afoul of the local mob, and embroiled in a case that's looking more sinister by the minute.It's dark, with no easy answers, and Kenzie's brand of solution is always satisfying--violence when necessary, but always with a psychological angle, never pointless brute force. There's also humor in the darkness, like Bubba complaining when he doesn't get to just blow something up.What grabs me about this, and the other books in the series, are the complex characters. We get the motivations of everyone, not just the main characters, and they all ring true. And yes, I've really enjoyed the ups and downs of the Kenzie/Gennaro relationship. It's not a sweet, HEA one, but it sucked me in.I guess I'll have to break down now and get Lehane's non-series books. I'm assured they're just as good, though having seen the movie version of Mystic River, I'm a little wary of reading it.
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I've always been a huge fan of Michael Connelly and when a friend recommended Dennis Lehane for me and said it was similar to Connelly I instantly picked up "Prayers for Rain".And what a superb book it was. Lehane writes some very good dialogue and some very intelligent and bare-bones descriptions of the action that is taking place.The first line in chapter 1 reads like this: "The first time I met Karen Nichols, she struck me as the kind of woman who ironed her socks."That is one hell of a opening line and you are instantly drawn into the world of private investigator Patrick Kenzin.
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The fifth, and apparently last, of Lehane's mysteries featuring Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Angie broke away form Patrick, profesionally and personally, at the end of its predecessor, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Patrick begins this book hanging out with Bubba. Lehane doesn't make a big deal of it, but he does a nice job of showing Patrick having basically nowhere else to turn for camaraderie than to Bubba, the childhood friend whom we can almost read as representing Patrick's violent, messy side.Patrick helps Karen Nichols escape from a harasser, but fails to return a call from her months later, and learns subsequently that she has killed herself. Something tells him that her suicide was not a simple story and he begins to investigate it. Angie becomes involved (professionally), and they begin to realize that Karen was manipulated and driven to kill herself as part of a psychopath's crusade against her parents.In the course of tracking down the perpetrator, Angie and Patrick resume their personal relationship. Lehane does a nice job throughout the series with this aspect of things. Once again, questionable actions and extreme violence play a part in resolving the plot, and Patrick receives physical wounds to mirror the psychic wounds he takes from each case.I'm sorry to see this series come to an end.
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The fifth, and presumably last, Kenzie and Gennaro story, Prayers for Rain was right up there with the rest of the series. Lehane is violent and doesn't sugar-coat his heroes. Instead, they make mistakes, do questionable things, and suffer the consequences - physical and psychological. As is usual, Lehane's plotting is crisp and the characters are fantastic. But what really shines is his writing. It's lyrical and horrific at the same time. Fair warning, though. He doesn't pull any punches when describing the violence Patrick and Angela experience.Recommended, but for best effect, start with the beginning of the series.
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An excellent and strong finish to the series. The suspense factor pertained more to whether Patrick and Angie would get back together or not. Damn you Dennis Lehane for playing my emotions like a yo-yo. This book is also Bubba's time to shine, and boy does he.I used the “starâ€? system to rank the books in the series in the order that I liked them. In a non comparative sense I would give all of the books at least a solid 4 star ranking.
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