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Characters Gone, Baby, Gone

Characters ½ Gone, Baby, Gone 102 ´ Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four year old Amanda McCready abducted from her bed on a warm summer night They meet her stoned out strangely apathetic mother her loving aunt and uncle the mother's dangerous drug addled friends and two cops who've found so many abuseS Patrick and Angie are soon forced to face not only the horrors adults can perpetrate on innocents but also their own conflicted feelings about what is best and worst when it comes to raising children And as the Indian summer fades and the autumn chill deepens Amanda McCready stays gone banished so completely that she seems never to have existedThen another child disappears Dennis Lehane takes you into a world of triple crosses elaborate lies and shrouded motives where the villains may be moral than the victims the missing should possibly stay missing and those who go. Posted at Shelf Inflicted I knew this was going to be a very dark story After reading the very disturbing Darkness Take My Hand about a vicious and sadistic serial killer who knew no limits when it came to human depravity I didn’t imagine it could get much worse I was wrongThough Patrick and Angie are tired of the violence and inhumanity that plagued their earlier cases they agree to accept this latest case of a four year old girl who was abducted from her bed Amanda’s mom Helene who is far from the perfect parent uses drugs drinks and is addicted to TV Amanda has a loving aunt and uncle who desperately want her to be found Patrick and Angie realize that a child’s disappearance must be solved uickly or it will never be With the help of two detectives in the Boston Police Department who believe in their own brand of justice the denizens of their rough Dorchester neighborhood and of course Bubba Patrick and Angie plunge headlong into one of their most difficult complex and emotional cases confronting bad parenting child abuse pedophilia and murder They learn about themselves and each other and discover that life and justice are not always black and white I had a difficult time putting the book down and enjoyed the growth of Angie and Patrick’s relationship their feelings about children and the uestionable characters with good intentions The story left me shaken and numb and thinking about it for days It was a great movie too

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Looking for them may not come back aliveSettle in and turn off the phone From its haunting opening to its shocking climax Gone Baby Gone is certain to be one of the most thrilling talked about suspense novels you read this yearDennis Lehane is the author of Sacred; Darkness Take My Hand and A Drink Before the War which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel presented by the Private Eye Writers of America and was also a Boston Globe best seller Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester Massachusetts and still lives in the Boston area He holds an MFA in creative writing. Five stars and A Masterpiece of crime noir complex and thrilling with a difficult and courageous ending As usual with my reviews please first read the publisher’s blurbsummary of the book so that I don't have to repeat the basic plot I am struck by how similar Lehane’s writing is to Robert B Parker’s and yet how different the feeling is In Lehane the sense of pain and loss especially of lost childhood friends weighs heavily upon Patrick and Angie and through them on us I’m also very impressed with how much Lehane’s prose increases in power and control with every book This is book #4 and he’s already a giant Wow2% This is the introduction to a much much deeper novel This is the surface the emotions we all share but it's only the beginning of where Lehane wants to go “Amanda McCready had been missing for at least sixty hours by this point maybe as long as seventy and I didn’t want to find her stuffed in a Dumpster somewhere her hair matted with blood I didn’t want to find her six months down the road vacant eyed and used up by some freak with a video camera and a mailing list of pedophiles I didn’t want to look in a four year old’s eyes and see the death of everything that had been pure in her”5% Wow Down we go in Lehane's assured hands “When a child disappears the space she’d occupied is immediately filled with dozens of people And these people—relatives friends police officers reporters from both TV and print—create a lot of energy and noise a sense of communal intensity of fierce and shared dedication to a task “But amid all that noise nothing is louder than the silence of the missing child It’s a silence that’s two and a half to three feet tall and you feel it at your hip and hear it rising up from the floorboards shouting to you from corners and crevices and the emotionless face of a doll left on the floor by the bed “It’s a silence that’s different from the one left at funerals and wakes The silence of the dead carries with it a sense of finality; it’s a silence you know you must get used to But the silence of a missing child is not something you want to get used to; you refuse to accept it and so it screams at you“The silence of the dead says Goodbye “The silence of the missing says Find me”7% Deeper still If you have kids you know this already Here is Doyle speaking “But for two minutes while we’re standing in this Dunkin’ Donuts waiting for our coffee I look at Tricia and she looks at me and both of us without saying a word know that if Shannon is dead we’re dead too Our marriage—over Our happiness—over Our lives would be one long road of pain Nothing else really Everything good and hopeful everything we lived for really would die with our daughter”8% Do you think Trump read this Lehane wrote it in 1998 “She was lonely; there were no good men left; they needed to put a fence up around Mexico to keep out all those Mexicans who were apparently stealing jobs up here in Boston She was sure there was a liberal agenda to corrupt every decent American but she couldn’t articulate what that agenda was only that it affected her ability to be happy and it was determined to keep blacks on welfare Sure she was on welfare herself but she’d been trying hard these last seven years to get off”18% Wow Very powerful and dark scene begins here Patrick lost in the terrors of his past A page or two of true brilliance from Lehane “ every time I looked at one of the dark windows Gerry Glynn’s face leered back at me his hair soaked with gasoline his face spotted with the blood of his last victim Phil Dimassi I pulled the shades Patrick Gerry whispered from the center of my chest I’m waiting for you”26% The Broussard and Poole cop show here is LOL funny Woot Especially with cats and bloaters31% Literate Lehane laced with humour “I don’t remember if Bubba had ever messed with Cheese or not but even if he had Cheese was smart enough to know that when it came to warfare Cheese would be the German army and Bubba the Russian winter So Cheese stuck to the fronts and battles he knew he could win”45% Nice character development Some piercing insights into Patrick's makeup and how he turns his hatred of his cruel father into a shining self discipline “The crucial difference between my father and me—I hope—has always been a matter of action He acted on his anger whenever and wherever it beset him His temper ruled him the way alcohol or pride or vanity rules other men At a very early age just as the child of an alcoholic swears he’ll never drink I swore to guard against the advance of the red marble the cold blood the tendency toward monotone Choice I’ve always believed is all that separates us from animals A monkey can’t choose to control his appetite A man can My father at certain hideous moments was an animal I refuse to be”55% The anti climax of the uarry scenes are confused and drawn out a bit too long 61% I lived in Boston for ten years so Lehane’s descriptions and pocket histories of the area make the stories come alive and texture them in small but important ways Here he mentions Germantown a history I never knew Very nice stuff63% one insight into Bubba’s sick world of arms dealing the 100 round Calico M 110 sub machine pistol I look up most of the stuff I’ve never heard of in books This is a sick little sidetrip into male obscenities “The M 110 at full auto was capable of unleashing one hundred bullets in roughly fifteen seconds”71% ADVISORY Do not read the first 3 paragraphs of chapter 26 You don’t need this view spoiler horrific child torture and murder hide spoiler

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Gone Baby GoneBoston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four year old Amanda McCready abducted from her bed on a warm summer night They meet her stoned out strangely apathetic mother her loving aunt and uncle the mother's dangerous drug addled friends and two cops who've found so many abused or dead children they may be too far over the edge to come backDespite enormous public attention rabid news coverage and dogged police work the investigation repeatedly hits a brick wall Led into a world of drug dealers child molesters and merciless executioner. And then depression set inThis book wrecked me the first time I read it It was almost like having post traumatic stress syndrome I found myself staring blankly at the walls for days after I finished it the first time I felt like calling my sister and telling her to keep my young niece locked in the house until she was at least 25 I remember meeting a friend for beers shortly after I finished it and that he asked me what was wrong When I tried to explain he was skeptical “You’re really this bummed over a book” And yes I was that bummed over a bookPatrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro have had enough of the crazy ass violence that has surrounded them for three novels They still run their detective agency but they’re strictly doing routine jobs with no chance of anyone getting hurt They’re also finally relatively happy with their livesThat changes when they get hired to look for Amanda McCready a 4 year old girl who has been missing for days The cops and media are all over it but Amanda’s aunt and uncle want Patrick and Angie to join the search The detectives are reluctant partly because they don’t think that they can do anything that the cops aren’t doing already and partly because neither of them is anxious to sign on for what is almost surely going to be a case that ends badly However the aunt’s desperate reuest for help gets the better of them By the end of it all they’ll really wish they would have just gone on vacationAt this point you’re probably thinking “Kemper you dumb bastard You read a book about a child abduction by Dennis Lehane a guy you knew wasn’t exactly Mr Giggles Were you really expecting a happy ending”Yes I knew it was probably going to be a depressing story but while I had braced myself for all kinds of terrible things happening to kids and terrible things do happen I wasn’t ready for the banal cruelty and neglect that Lehane sprinkled the book with in regards to how some people treat their childrenAmanda’s mother Helene is a barfly and small time doper who doesn’t do anything really bad enough to technically ualify as abuse but Amanda was usually left to entertain herself in front of the TV It’s the tiny details that are heartbreaking like when Patrick checks out Amanda’s room and finds a mattress on the floor few toys and no books of any kind not even coloring books Or when they talk to the people on Amanda’s t ball team and everyone notes how she’s the uietest kid around who acts like she’s used to being ignored You’d have to be one cold bastard not to be saddened by itThis is one of the best crime novels I’ve read Maybe even the best But you won’t be skipping down the street and whistling any time soon after you read itA Few Thoughts on the Movie VersionI was not a fan of Ben Affleck I thought he was a complete goober and that Matt Damon must have wrote most of Good Will Hunting because I couldn’t imagine that Ben could read let alone write anything When I heard that he was going to be one of the people writing the adapted screenplay and directing the movie version of one of my favorite books they probably heard my screams of outrage in Hollywood When he cast his brother Casey as Patrick I exhausted my extensive vocabulary of profanity and swore I’d never see the movieWow I was definitely wrong on that one The movie version is not only one of the best crime novel adaptations I’ve seen it’s just an incredibly good movie period And Ben Affleck’s recent adaptation of another book The Town is also a very good flick so the guy has some very real skillsWhat surprised me most is that Affleck made a couple of very smart changes from the book to the movie He revised Patrick and Angie from veteran smart ass gun fighting private detectives to a couple of kids who mostly track down people skipping out on bills That allowed him to introduce the audience to them and really gave weight to the idea that these were two characters in way over their headsAffleck also tightened up the story to the point that I’d almost call it an improvement over the book’s plot That’s incredibly rare My only complaints are that Angie didn’t come across as Angie like in the film version although she still gets one of her best Big Damn Hero moments in the film and that Bubba has a much smaller role Plus Bubba is portrayed as just a bad ass street guy rather than the one man army he is in the book but again it works perfectly with the way Affleck chose to tell the story Now that he’s adapted two crime novels into top notch movies I’m ready to start my own chapter of the Ben Affleck fan club Just as long as he doesn’t do any Michael Bay movies