A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

Book Details

Title: A Drink Before the War
Author: Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 978-0-062-04910-0
Pages: 301 pp
Published Date: 1994
Publisher: Harper Collins
Sub-Genre: Hardboiled Detective

This is the first book in the Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro series. The novel is set in Boston, Massachusetts and starts off one of the few series that I consider to be a must-read series for anyone who loves the modern private investigator genre. At the time of adding this entry the book has 182 customer reviews on Amazon.com and the star rating is at 4 stars.

Publisher's Synopsis

As richly complex and brutal as the terrain it depicts, here is the mesmerizing, darkly original novel that heralded the arrival of Dennis Lehane, the master of the new noir—and introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his smart and tough private investigators weaned on the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.

A cabal of powerful Boston politicians is willing to pay Kenzie and Gennaro big money for a seemingly small job: to find a missing cleaning woman who stole some secret documents. As Kenzie and Gennaro learn, however, this crime is no ordinary theft. It's about justice, about right and wrong. But in Boston, finding the truth isn't just a dirty business . . . it's deadly.

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Other Books by Dennis Lehane

Patrick Kenzie & Angie Gennaro Series

A Drink Before the War (1994)
Darkness Take My Hand (1996)
Sacred (1997)
Gone, Baby, Gone (1998)
Prayers For Rain (1999)
Moonlight Mile (2010)

Non-Series Books

Mystic River (2001)
Shutter Island (2003)
Coronado (2006)
The Given Day (2008)