Gone, Baby, Gone

Gone, Baby, Gone

[a Novel]

Paperback - 1999
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The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything--their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives--to find a little girl-lost.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, 1999, c1998.
ISBN: 9780380730353
Characteristics: 422 pages ;,18 cm.


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Jul 20, 2019

A rare instance where I've read the book after I've seen the movie, but it didn't matter that I knew how things turn out. Lehane is such a superior writer and he is equally gifted with language, plot, and characterization. Like the Patrick and Angie stories before this one, this was a very dark and brutal and sad story - this time about the abduction of a 4 year old girl. Lehane has much to say about family and judgment and ends-justifying-means, and none of it is easy to read about. I love how he always challenges his reader. And I love these characters and won't ever want to stop reading stories about them.

Jul 04, 2019

I found this story to be compulsively readable. It's difficult and dark and doesn't pull any punches. The story and the author's cracking-good writing seeded an interest in crime mystery for me.

May 29, 2019

Excellent! A well-written, suspenseful story with likeable mains & an emotional kick.

Jul 09, 2017

This was a great book - kept you turning the pages as you wanted to find out what was going to happen next. So many twists and turns some of which you could not have thought of happening. However the ending is truly sad and makes you wonder if perhaps there should be some real thinking about the decisions that are made regarding the welfare of children in our society.

Dec 18, 2016

(The fourth book in the Kenzie and Gennaro series)

Jan 25, 2016

Saw the movie first and then I had to read the book. The book is great a better than the movie. There's only so much that can go into a movie, but the book goes into great detail about the story and characters.

Vincent T Lombardo Dec 31, 2014

The movie was great, but the book is even better! Dennis Lehane is much more than a mystery writer; he goes beyond just telling a good, suspenseful story. This novel deals with how our society too often fails to protect our most vulnerable citizens, our children, not only from strangers, but from their parents, and there are no easy solutions. Like every other Lehane book that I have read, this book is an entertaining page turner, but it is also raw, emotional, dark, and disturbing. This book will make you cringe, make you think -- and make you laugh. This is the sixth Dennis Lehane novel that I have read, and I intend to read them all. He is an excellent writer, one of my favorites!

JasonAT Dec 17, 2014

The ONLY other crime book that's better than this is the silence of the lambs.

Dec 06, 2014

I have consistently liked Lehane's later books so I went back to this one but it didn't do it for me. Drags on forever and nothing happens. Gave up about half way through which I rarely do.

Sep 23, 2013

A very intense novel about child abuse and kidnapping. Lehane always grabs me; this time I had to stop reading a few times because the content made me feel sick. Everything appears very reals and it makes you scared of people around you at times.

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