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by Dennis Lehane
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Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it 2 years ago
How can this be my first Dennis Lehane book? How did I miss someone who writes like this? I went into the book in complete ignorance because I liked the title. I was immediately impressed by a new style of hard-boiled PI that mixes swagger with self-deprecation, reluctant empathy and hate-driven...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 4 years ago
Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars. Due to Goodreads not allowing for half stars, I rounded it up to 4 stars here. I got the books in this series years ago because I really l loved the movie, "Gone, Baby Gone." I think I started this book and just went meh. I decided to re-read it and get t...
Lornographic Material
Lornographic Material rated it 4 years ago
This is my first experience with a Dennis Lehane book. I've seen the movie adaptations of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, and Shutter Island but had yet to read something by him. Last night I figured I would remedy that. Thanks to the magic that is Minecraft and Audible, I was able to blow through it ...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it 4 years ago
Shopping for a new series to sink into. Found this. Very male with a side of daddy issues. Very 90s, featuring Depeche Mode as new music. I kind of liked it, but kind of had early 90s PTSD from it. I won't make judgment on the author, but I will say that the discussion on race and crime has ...
A Few Thoughts
A Few Thoughts rated it 5 years ago
Almost everything in this book was a terrible cliche. I'm not sure I've ever read another book that was trying so very hard to say something important and failing so miserably. It's like a book version of Crash. Even the jokes were flat.Still, there was a bit of something in some of these charact...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it 6 years ago
This book had both the makings of greatness and potential disaster for me. For one, high-marks in gritty detectivery (not a real word) from a trusted source or two had me going in with high expectations. Then there are the elements of the story itself. A guy/girl PI duo, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Ge...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it 6 years ago
This book had both the makings of greatness and potential disaster for me. For one, high-marks in gritty detectivery (not a real word) from a trusted source or two had me going in with high expectations. Then there are the elements of the story itself. A guy/girl PI duo, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Ge...
Goat Heads and Sand Burrs, P. Kirby's Reading Blog
Though dressed up and sent out as a mystery, A Drink Before the War, is also a fascinating examination of violence (and to some extent, racism), specifically child abuse and its repercussions on society and the individual.As someone who had a violent, abusive parent, I particularly appreciate Patric...
It's a Mad Mad World
It's a Mad Mad World rated it 6 years ago
A Drink Before the War was my first Dennis Lehane book and an excellent start to the Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro series. The only thing I wondered was, why the hell did it take me so long before reading this book? I liked Patrick and Angie, I didn't like Phil, Angie's husband and wondered how l...
It's a Mad Mad World
It's a Mad Mad World rated it 6 years ago
My first Dennnis Lehane book and I loved it and I can't wait to read the rest in the series.
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