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Reviews of Moonlight Mile (2010)

Review by michael a draper (2010-11-23)
In one of their first cases, investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro found missing four-year-old Amanda McCready. They returned her to her mother who was of dubious character and the investigators wished they were bringing her back to a better home. Now, Amanda is sixteen-years-old and again, her aunt, asks for their help.

The setting remains Boston, with the homeless, the abandoned, shuttered homes and, for many, the lost hope.

The economy in 2009 is hurting and unemployment is soaring. Many people who once had decent jobs and could support their families, are now on the streets. Angie is at night school and Patrick's income is barely enough.

Amanda's aunt, Beatrice McCready, discloses that Amanda's mother, Helene, isn't providing a good home. Helene is often neglectful and drinks to excess. Beatrice thinks that Amanda is missing and Helene is hiding the fact.

At first, Patrick didn't want to take the case but now he and Angela have a four-year-old child of their own, Gabriella. When Patrick and Angie talk about rescuing Amanda but bringing her to an unfit mother, they decide to take the case.

They find that Amanda is an honor student in high school and a Harvard scholarship is hers if she will just finish her courses. They also learn that Amanda's friend, Sophie, disappeard with her.

The story follows the path of the two girls and a black market baby selling operation. Amanda is on the run and has two items that the leader of an eastern European gang wants. The gang leader is ruthless. He is a meth user and not totally balanced.

Dennis Lehane is now a father, himself and at a recent mystery conference panel discussion, he stated that he wanted this book to make a statement about parenthood and about the economy of 2009.

He accomplished both goals with an excellent addition to the legend of Kenzie and Gennaro.

(This review refers to the 2010 version titled “Moonlight Mile”)




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