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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
Lehane fans will welcome back PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro after a hiatus of more than a decade. Readers who are unfamiliar with this series should not shy away, though, for there is much to savor. The strong characters thoughtfully address contemporary issues in a story that’s told in crisp, elegant prose. Lehane is one of America’s pre-eminent crime writers, and he’s hit another home run with this gritty yet soulful work, successfully blending violence and tenderness in a powerful story that is beautifully told.
Young Amanda McCready disappeared 12 years ago. After a harrowing investigation, PIs Kenzie and Gennaro found her and returned her to her mom, but the repercussions of that dramatic case aren’t over. Amanda’s aunt contacts Patrick because Amanda, now 16, is missing again. Her mom claims she’s fine, and the police concur: they visited the home and talked to her. So, what is the truth about Amanda? To find the answer, Patrick and Angie must confront painful memories concerning the first case and find answers to new difficult questions. Solving the case may change their lives — and Amanda’s — forever. (MORROW, Nov., 320 pp., $26.99)
Reviewed By: Jo Peters
Published: November 2010