Monday, 20 December 2010

Moonlight Mile

Finished December 20
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane, read by Jonathan Davis
This book features the private investigator Patrick Kenzie and his wife Angie Gennaro. Patrick is doing PI freelance work for a corporate investigative firm, hoping to get hired on permanently, but tired of getting strung along. Angie is going to school nights, working towards a new career.
Twelve years before Patrick took a case that still bothers him. He was hired to find a missing child, 4-year-old Amanda McCready. He did find her and brought her back to a neglectful mother and unhappy home life. She is now sixteen and has disappeared again.
As he talks to those who know her he becomes more involved. Amanda is doing well despite her circumstances, on track for a scholarship to an Ivy league school. But she has been gone three weeks and so has her best friend. Amanda's mother and stepfather deny her disappearance, but her aunt Bea insists something is wrong. As Patrick digs deeper, he finds himself involved with drug dealers, Russian mafia with a psychotic leader, and thieves who warn him off.
Fast-moving and coming to a wonderful climactic ending, we see Patrick realize things about his own life as he finds what is happening in Amanda's.

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