Ranked as a top modern mystery novel, this book puts you again in the hands of the Dorchester detectives that the author introduced in A Drink Before the War. "Crime literature" is what the commentators call it - I just think it's an interesting book to read.
Dennis Lehane has earned his reputation as the boldest new voice in detective fiction with stunning, exploseive novels featurning Kenzie & Gennaro. --- I thought this book was very interesting since I've moved to Boston & so much of the action is around the area. Very scary book for a detective novel.
I picked up this paperback because my curiosity was stimulated by watching Mystic River, the film based on another LeHane novel. Darkness, Take My Hand did not disappoint. Different characters, same setting, and identical sense of insanity and irredeemable evil. LeHane's prose is intelligent and witty without being overbearing, a welcome change from many other authors who crank out formulaic , hackneyed language and stories in the crime genre. LeHane's descriptions jump right off the page at you. His characters are so human, so intense, their dialogue so sharp, that it's almost like watching a movie in your mind. There isn't a wasted word in this book. The suspense starts to build on page 1, and never lets up, becoming more and more menacing with each subsequent chapter. This is a stay-up-late read to finish only when you're NOT alone in the night.
LeHane's other works top my summer reading list. I'd love to see what he could do in a different genre.
Dennis is an incredible talent and has risen, yet again, to the challenge of keeping Patrick and Angie in top form. This novel is compelling, exciting, heart rending, and fills the reader with righteous indignation... Just like it should. A great read!
I would recommend reading A Drink Before the War before Darkness, Take My Hand because ADBTW is the first book in the Kenzie/Gennaro series and it is a great book. But DTMH is even better. Do not miss it. Clear your calendar because you won't be able to put it down. Not only is it a thrilling ride about a team of serial killers in Boston with links to private investigator Patrick Kenzie (Warning...not for the faint of heart) it is a well crafted book. Scary, suspensful, and fast paced.