“Powerful and raw, harrowing, and unsentimental.” —Washington Post Book World “Chilling, completely credible….[An] absolutely gripping story.” —Chicago Tribune “Mr. Lehane delivers big time.” —Wall Street Journal In Gone, Baby, Gone, the master of the new noir, New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island), vividly captures the complex beauty and darkness of working-class Boston. A gripping, deeply evocative thriller about the devastating secrets surrounding a little girl lost, featuring the popular detective team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, Gone, Baby, Gone was the basis for the critically acclaimed motion picture directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, and Morgan Freeman.
Boston private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda McCready. Despite extensive news coverage and dogged investigation into her abduction, the police have uncovered nothing. The case is rife with oddities: Amanda's indifferent mother, a couple with a history of paedophilia and a shadowy police unit. As the Indian summer fades, Amanda McCready stays gone - vanished so completely that she seems never to have existed. When a second child disappears, Kenzie and Gennaro face a local media more interested in sensationalizing the abductions than helping to solve them, a local police force seething with lethal secrets, and a faceless power determined to obstruct their efforts. Caught in a deadly tangle of lies, and determined to unravel the riddle that is anything but child's play, they soon discover that those who go looking for the missing may not come back alive.
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. Its territory is defined by hard heads and even harder luck; its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don’t want the case. But after pleas from the child’s aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything—their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives—to find a little girl lost. Amazon.com Review Cheese Olamon, "a six-foot-two, four-hundred-and-thirty-pound yellow-haired Scandinavian who'd somehow arrived at the misconception he was black," is telling his old grammar school friends Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro why they have to convince another mutual chum, the gun dealer Bubba Rugowski, that Cheese didn't try to have him killed. "You let Bubba know I'm clean when it comes to what happened to him. You want me alive. Okay? Without me, that girl will be gone. Gone-gone. You understand? Gone, baby, gone." Of all the chilling, completely credible scenes of sadness, destruction, and betrayal in Dennis Lehane's fourth and very possibly best book about Kenzie and Gennaro, this moment stands out because it captures in a few pages the essence of Lehane's success. Private detectives Kenzie and Gennaro, who live in the same working-class Dorchester neighborhood of Boston where they grew up, have gone to visit drug dealer Cheese in prison because they think he's involved in the kidnapping of 4-year-old Amanda McCready. Without sentimentalizing the grotesque figure of Cheese, Lehane tells us enough about his past to make us understand why he and the two detectives might share enough trust to possibly save a child's life when all the best efforts of traditional law enforcement have failed. By putting Kenzie and Gennaro just to one side of the law (but not totally outside; they have several cop friends, a very important part of the story), Lehane adds depth and edge to traditional genre relationships. The lifelong love affair between Kenzie and Gennaro--interrupted by her marriage to his best friend--is another perfectly controlled element that grows and changes as we watch. Surrounded by dead, abused, and missing children, Kenzie mourns and rages while Gennaro longs for one of her own. So the choices made by both of them in the final pages of this absolutely gripping story have the inevitability of life and the dazzling beauty of art. Other Kenzie/Gennaro books available in paperback: Darkness, Take My Hand, A Drink Before the War, Sacred. --Dick Adler From Publishers Weekly Vanished, in this complex and unsettling fourth case for PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro (after Sacred, 1997) is four-year-old Amanda McCready, taken one night from her apartment in Dorchester, a working-class section of Boston, where her mother had left her alone. Kenzie and Gennaro, hired by the child's aunt and uncle, join in an unlikely alliance with Remy Broussard and Nick Raftopoulos, known as Poole, the two cops with the department's Crimes Against Children squad who are assigned to the case. In tracing the history of Amanda's neglectful mother, whose past involved her with a drug lord and his minions, the foursome quickly find themselves tangling with Boston's crime underworld and involved in what appears to be a coup among criminals. Lehane develops plenty of tension between various pairs of parties: the good guys looking for Amanda and the bad guys who may know where she is; the two PIs and the two cops; various police and federal agencies; opposing camps in the underworld; and Patrick and Angie, who are lovers as well as business partners. All is delivered with abundant violence?e.g., bloated and mutilated corpses; gangland executions; shoot-outs with weapons of prodigious firepower; descriptions of sexual abuse of small children; threats of rape and murder?that serves to make Amanda's likely fate all the more chilling. Lehane tackles corruption in many forms as he brings his complicated plot to its satisfying resolution, at the same time leaving readers to ponder moral questions about social and individual responsibility long after the last page is turned. Author tour. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Boston private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four-year-old Amanda Cready. Despite extensive news coverage and dogged investigation into her abduction, the police have uncovered nothing. And as the Indian summer fades, Amanda McCready stays gone - vanished so completely that she seems never to have existed. Then a second child disappears. Confronted with a police force seething with lethal secrets, Kenzie and Gennaro soon discover that those who go looking for the missing may not come back alive.
O desaparecimento da pequena Amanda McCready chocou os habitantes de Boston, que se mobilizaram para ajudar dezenas de policiais a encontrar pistas do paradeiro da criança. A mídia faz sua parte, divulgando boletins e repetidos apelos à população. Procurados pela tia de Amanda, os detetives Patrick Kenzie e Angela Gennaro, já com certa fama na cidade, julgam não ter muito a colaborar. Seriam, afinal, apenas mais duas pessoas entre as centenas em busca da menina. No entanto, a dupla acaba aceitando o caso, pois, segundo o próprio Kenzie, é intolerável aceitar as palavras "desaparecida" e "quatro anos de idade" na mesma frase. A investigação revela uma trama ainda mais complexa do que eles poderiam imaginar; não se trata apenas de um caso simples, mas de um crime que envolve traficantes e outros bandidos da pior espécie. Auxiliados por dois policiais da Brigada de Proteção às Crianças, os investigadores lutam contra o tempo para encontrar Amanda com vida. Gone, baby, gone é o quarto romance protagonizado pela dupla Kenzie e Gennaro, já conhecida dos leitores de Um drink antes da guerra, Apelo às trevas, Sagrado (todos esses publicados pela Companhia das Letras) e Prayers for rain (inédito no Brasil). Em Gone, baby, gone, Dennis Lehane mostra mais uma vez por que vem sendo considerado um dos novos mestres do gênero policial, na tradição de Dashiell Hammett e Raymond Chandler.
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. Its territory is defined by hard heads and even harder luck; its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don’t want the case. But after pleas from the child’s aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything—their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives—to find a little girl lost.
Dorchester i Boston är inget ställe för de oskyldiga, de unga, de försvarslösa eller de renhjärtade. Det är ett område med splittrade familjer, cyniska snutar, utflippade kåkfarare och en apatisk mor som ser sig själv på kvällsnyheterna på teve medan hennes försvunna fyraåriga dotter försvinner allt längre bort, som om hon aldrig existerat. Privatdeckarna Patrick Kenzie och Angela Gennaro vill inte ta hand om det här fallet. Men efter vädjanden från barnets släktingar drar de igång efterforskningar och sätter allt på spel sitt förhållande, sin mentala hälsa, till och med sina liv för att finna den försvunna flickan. De hör mantrat gone, baby, gone allt oftare. Dennis Lehane lyssnar av livet och rösterna i Bostons tyngsta och hårdaste miljöer. Bittra levnadsöden, söndertrasade känslor, brutala våldsbrott vävs samman i hans oförglömligt starka och stämningsmättade romaner. Översättare: Ulf Gyllenhak
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything—their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives—to find a little girl-lost.
He's a magic baby daddy. High school senior Gabe Delgado is trying to trade his bad-boy ways for clean living. He remembers nothing about the night a mysterious girl loved him and left him at a party, except . . . there was a kind of magic around her that had nothing to do with his hangover the next day. Now he finds that "magic" in a basket on his doorstep, cooing at him like a happy little bird. Gabe, you probably already know our baby is, well, different. If not, you'll find out soon enough. Let's just say she has certain qualities most babies don't have. The thing is, I'm scared. I'm on my own and can't keep her safe. But you can. You're strong. You have a family to watch out for her. Bad people want her. That's why I left her with you. I don't really understand what's going on, but it has something to do with The Abolesco. Don't try to find me. Please, take care of our baby girl and love her. Okay? The Abolesco are not friends of the family. They're on baby Birdie's trail, but why? Suddenly party-boy Gabe has to man up to protect his daughter. Not so easy when her talents include vanishing into thin air. It's up to Gabe and his girl-pal Abby--who has some extraordinary secrets of her own--to find out what's up with something called the Scientific Academy of Merit, what the goons want with Birdie, and whether other kids like Birdie can be saved, too.
Days before Christmas, Jonas and Beth Byler and their six-month-old baby, Zac, are driving in their buggy when it is forced off the road. They are rushed to the hospital where it is confirmed that Zac escaped injury, and Beth has a broken leg. Jonas has not regained consciousness. Beth must rely on hospital staff to help care for baby Zac, who remains by her bed. When Beth wakes the next morning, she finds her baby is missing. When the police search is unsuccessful, Beth's faith is tested.
Big Sister is watching you! It's 2014 in this parody/tribute to George Orwell's 1984, the Equal Rights Amendment has finally been ratified, the first woman president has been elected, and sex and marriage have been outlawed. Women get a little more than they bargained for in this tongue- in-cheek tale of the war between the sexes. Young feminist Jennifer Martin confronts issues of sexual harassment, gender neutrality, women in sports, being drafted into the military, being in combat, motherhood and relations with the opposite sex, as she seeks to become truly liberated.
Mick Davis takes his usual, relaxing trip to the scenic island of Hilton Head just off of the coast of South Carolina. The annual trip is usually very uneventful. However, this trip turns out to be anything but, which results in Mick stumbling upon lies, kidnapping, murder, and yes, even romance. While he is wondering how he got into this mess, he can’t figure a way out. But not to worry. There is a happy ending. Or so he thought!