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This is the first entry in a critically acclaimed new private eye series featuring Patrick Kenzie & Angie Gennaro.  The series is set in Boston & in this initial outing, Kenzie & Gennaro are hired by a couple politicos to find a black cleaning woman who supposedly stole some important state documents.  They find the cleaning woman but also end up in the middle of a street war between two black gangs.

The book is okay as modern PI novels go, but it also epitomizes the weaknesses that the genre has succumbed to, largely as a result of Robert Parker's Spenser series.  Kenzie spends page after page mewling about how painful his relationship with his Father was.  He loves Gennaro, who is an abused wife & nearly as annoying as Spenser's Susan Silverman.  And they, of course, have a friend who is a conscienceless killer, who does their dirty work for them.

One longs for the PI's of old; loners, whose only emotional ties were to the clients they tried to save & whose personal code of morals prevented them from taking the easy outs that characters like Hawk (Robert Parker) & Joe Pike (Robert Crais) provide.

(Reviewed:)

Grade: (C)

  

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    -INTERVIEW: Boston or Bust Dennis Lehane (Amazon.com)
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    -REVIEW : of Mystic River (Randy Michael Signor, Book)
    -REVIEW: of Prayers for Rain (Karen G. Anderson, January Magazine)
    -REVIEW: of     SACRED. By Dennis Lehane Third Kenzie novel builds on solid series  (JEFF DRUMMOND, Houston Chronicle)

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