ISBN 0380726297 - I'm always wary of reading book 3, mostly because I've rarely read book 1 or 2. That would be the case with Sacred, but worse because the book doesn't even mention that it IS book 3 anywhere on the cover.
Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are looking forward to some downtime after their last big case (see book #2). Instead, they get kidnapped. Having been kidnapped, they expect physical danger. Instead, they get hired. They don't really want the job, but the lure of the money involved does have some influence. Hired by a dying billionaire to find his missing daughter, the duo's greatest problem turns out to be figuring out who the "bad guys" really are. Religious nuts, a grief counseling group, the billionaire, his daughter and others are all on the list at one time or another. Staying one step ahead of the right bad guys is all that keeps them alive.
Light reading, sometimes too silly to be a good detective story, Sacred's worst feature is the periodic and unnecessary reference to the last case - just enough to interfere with the enjoyment of the book you're actually reading. Any good detective series ought to be made of books that stand alone and Sacred almost does that. On the plus side, making up for that, are two things: "This society's coming apart at the seams. Look at the evidence - Oklahoma City, the World Trade Center bombings, David Hasselhoff. It's all there." and the fact that the religious group in the book really are bad guys and nuts. Always love to see that!
A great book ! #3 in the Kenzie/Genarro series. Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite authors. The book starts with a jolt as Patrick and Angie are kidnapped by a billionaire who wants them to find his missing daughter. Religious cults, Florida, and of course, Boston is involved. Lots of twists with a terrific ending.
Fast-paced, twisting plot
This story kept me intersted from the beginning. I would recommend. It offers a mix of intridge and a bit of romance too.
Great thriller by the wonderful Dennis Lehane.
I do love a good Lehane story but if you've never read his books - don't start with this one. It's far inferior the others I've read. Try "Shutter Island" for an excellent psychological thriller or his newest, and an awesome historical novel, "The Given Day," which is very different from his past writing.
Typical Lehane, action throughout as two investigators try and find a woman in Florida.
Great read - Fast pace, and enough plot twists to keep you awake until you finish
An excellent book that keeps you rivoted to your chaise! My first Dennis Lehane, but will not be the last! He and Angie Gennaro, are a perfect match!
Exciting book full of twists and turns.
Good book - just what you would expect from Lehane.
This is not the best book in the series of Angie/Patrick novels, but I am a huge fan of Denis Lehane so I found it enjoyable.
A beautiful, grief-stricken woman has vanished without a trace. So has the detective hired to find her. And a lot of money. Enter savvy, tough-nosed private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Rooted int he no-nonsense streets of Boston's blue-color Dorchester, they've seen it all - and survived. But this case leads them into unexpected territory where nothing is sacred - a land of lies and corruption where trusting anyone could get them killed --- where taking any step could be their last.
Another great Dennis Lehane tale.
A Kenzie/Gennaro thriller. Reads well, interesting detail, good character development.
Third book in the Kenzie/Gennaro partners in crime solving series. I think this one was the best so far. It is very suspenseful and full of surprise plot twists. The partners never know who is telling the truth or who to trust their lives with and one mistake could make this their last case.
Good book, keeps you reading and guessing, not easily figured out.
A beautiful grief stricken woman vanishes without a trace. The detective hired to find her disappears as well. A dangerous cult manipulates the needy. Two private investigators-Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are caught in the middle, trying to stay alive long enought to expose the truth.
Another great one from Lehane. Would recommend reading the first two books of the series first (A Drink Before the War and Darkness, Take My Hand).
If you like Dennis Lehane, and the Kenzie/Gennaro books, this one will not disappoint. This one is less violent than the last two, which is not good or bad, just an observation.
This s one of those rare books that I read all night. It was good to read another Lehane book as he has become my favorite author.
Not my favorite Patrick Kenzie book, but it was ok.
I am loving this series! The two main characters are so cool - tough, but human. Dennis Lehane's books have mystery, romance, humor and all of them are page-turning reads. This is the 3rd book in this detective series. I actually read book #4 (Prayers for Rain) first and liked it so much, I went and picked up #1 and have been plowing through them one at a time. I would recommend reading them in order so you can follow the relationship between Kenzie & Gennaro and see how it develops. I highly recommend!
I like these characters and like Dennis Lehane's writing style. While I liked this book, the plot did seem a little contrived at times (and a little unbelievable at points), but still it's a good read. I would certainly recommend it to this author's fans.
My dad gave me this - I've never read it so cannot comment on its merits (or lack thereof). I'm just not a huge Lehane fan, nothing about the book.