John / Mystery

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

Part of Dennis Lehane’s series about romantically attached private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, Moonlight Mile finds Patrick and Angie searching for 16 year old Amanda McCready. The couple previously searched for a four-year-old Amanda in Lehane’s earlier Gone Baby Gone, and, even though this novel is something of a sequel, I was able to enjoy Moonlight Mile without having read the earlier book. Black market babies, Eastern European mobsters, and identity theft entrepreneurs spill out of the seedy underworld Patrick and Angie must navigate as the clues to Amanda’s whereabouts pile up. Patrick’s guilt over whether or not he did the right thing on his previous search for Amanda adds depth to the story, and the distinct dialogue and careful development of even the most minor characters make Moonlight Mile a very memorable read.

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