Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane

Darkness, Take My Hand is the second book in the Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro series. The books feature Kenzie as a private investigator living and operating in the city of Boston and it represents the work of one of today's must-read modern hardboiled or noir authors.

Book Details

Title: Darkness, Take My Hand
Author: Dennis Lehane
ISBN: 978-0-061-99885-0
Pages: 336 pp
Published Date: 1996
Publisher: William Morrow
Sub-Genre: Hardboiled
Main Characters: Patrick Kenzie, Angela Gennaro


Publisher's Synopsis

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro’s latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they’ve seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate. But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long-dormant erupt, setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything—including the truth.

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Book Reviews

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Amazon.com: "There are soooo many mystery writers out there these days, but there is only a handful who truly produce first-rate work on a consistent basis. Dennis Lehane is definitely a member of this elite, and *Darkness, Take My Hand* demonstrates why.Like Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, and some others in the P.I./lone wolf cop genre, Lehane has written his books in such a way that they are best read "in order," as each book builds on the previous one(s) in terms of the development of his main characters." Read the Amazon.com reviews here

Epinions: "This is one of the few novels that has actually scared me, actually given me chills as I learned of horrific deaths and monstrous people. I was really impressed with Lehane's skill as a writer and have already found the next book in his Series, SACRED, lying around the house." Read full review

Nearly Nothing But Novels: "What we find is a complex story, full of misdirection, full of tragedy, full of horror and full of guilt. It is a story that starts in a near-contemporary setting and also ends near the present, but which connects to the distant past in unusual, sad and frightful ways." Read full review

Cannonball Read IV: "Darkness, Take My Hand is a great book. It is well written, engaging, and will stick with you. It’s not too hard to figure out the identity of the main killer but the atmosphere and writing is so well done you won’t mind. However, it’s not one you will likely revisit due to the subject matter. This a serial killer story at heart and at times is much closer to “horror” than “mystery”." Read full review here

The Papaya Factor: "And Darkness, take my Hand, the second in the series delivered everything that was promised. The slow buildup to the mystery is very well-plotted and the thriller elements kept me glued to my couch." Read full review here

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