Shutter Island

Shutter Island Description:

The year is U S Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule have come to Shutter Island home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane to investigate the disappearance of a patient Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them a strange case takes on even darker more sinister shades with hints of radical experimentation horrifying surgeries and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Mystic River

Mystic River Description:

When they were children Sean Devine Jimmy Marcus and Dave Boyle were friends But then a strange car pulled up to their street One boy got into the car two did not and something terrible happened something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever br br Twenty five years later Sean is a homicide detective Jimmy is an ex con who owns a corner store And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay demons that urge him to do terrible things When Jimmy s daughter is found murdered Sean is assigned to the case His investigation brings him into conflict with Jimmy who finds his old criminal impulses tempt him to solve the crime with brutal justice And then there is Dave who came home the night Jimmy s daughter died covered in someone else s blood br br A tense and unnerving psychological thriller Mystic River is also an epic novel of love and loyalty faith and family in which people irrevocably marked by the past find themselves on a collision course with the darkest truths of their own hidden selves

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1)

A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1) Description:

Kenzie and Gennaro are private investigators in the blue collar neighborhoods and ghettos of South Boston they know it as only natives can Working out of an old church belfry Kenzie and Gennaro take on a seemingly simple assignment for a prominent politician to uncover the whereabouts of Jenna Angeline a black cleaning woman who has allegedly stolen confidential state documents p Finding Jenna however is easy compared to staying alive once they ve got her The investigation escalates implicating members of Jenna s family and rival gang leaders while uncovering extortion assassination and child prostitution extending from bombed out ghetto streets to the highest levels of government p p i A Drink Before the War i p

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4)

Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4) Description:

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 abused or dead children they may be too far over the edge to come back Despite 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 executioners 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 existed p b Then another child disappears b Dennis Lehane takes you into a world of triple crosses elaborate lies and shrouded motives where the villains may be more moral than the victims the missing should possibly stay missing and those who go looking for them may not come back alive p p Settle in and turn off the phone From its haunting opening to its shocking climax i Gone Baby Gone i is certain to be one of the most thrilling talked about suspense novels you read this year p

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2)

Darkness, Take My Hand (Kenzie & Gennaro, #2) Description:

The master of the new noir Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working class Boston in this terrifying tale of darkness and redemption br br Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro s latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob The private investigators know something about cold blooded retribution Born and bred on the mean streets of blue collar Dorchester they ve seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate But an evil for which even they are unprepared is about to strike as secrets long dormant erupt setting off a chain of violent murders that will stain everything including the truth

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

The Given Day (Coughlin #1)

The Given Day (Coughlin #1) Description:

Set in Boston at the end of the First World War i New York Times i best selling author Dennis Lehane s long awaited eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future br br i The Given Day i tells the story of two families one black one white swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists immigrants and ward bosses Brahmins and ordinary citizens all engaged in a battle for survival and power br br Beat cop Danny Coughlin the son of one of the city s most beloved and powerful police captains joins a burgeoning union movement and the hunt for violent radicals br br Luther Laurence on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss in Tulsa works for the Coughlin family and tries desperately to find his way home to his pregnant wife br br Here too are some of the most influential figures of the era Babe Ruth Eugene O Neill leftist activist Jack Reed NAACP founder W E B DuBois Mitchell Palmer Woodrow Wilson s ruthless Red chasing attorney general cunning Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge and an ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover br br Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time including the Spanish Influenza pandemic and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of i The Given Day i explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with and in the thrall of itself As Danny Luther and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times they gradually find family in one another and together ride a rising storm of hardship deprivation and hope that will change all their lives

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

Prayers for Rain (Kenzie & Gennaro, #5)

Prayers for Rain (Kenzie & Gennaro, #5) Description:

The master of the new em noir em Dennis Lehane delivers a shattering tale of evil depravity and justice that captures the dark realism of Boston s gritty blue collar streets br br Private Investigator Patrick Kenzie wants to know why a former client a perky woman in love with life could within six months jump naked from a Boston landmark the final fall in a spiral of self destruction What he finds is a sadistic stalker who targeted the young woman and methodically drove her to her death A monster the law can t touch But Kenzie can He and his former partner Angela Gennaro will fight a mind twisting battle against this psychopath even as he turns his tricks on them

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Live by Night (Coughlin, #2)

Live by Night (Coughlin, #2) Description:

Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales Bible quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream br br Boston The s are roaring Liquor is flowing bullets are flying and one man sets out to make his mark on the world br br Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries speakeasies gangsters and corrupt cops Joe Coughlin the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city s most fearsome mobsters Joe enjoys the spoils thrills and notoriety of being an outlaw br br But life on the dark side carries a heavy price In a time when ruthless men of ambition armed with cash illegal booze and guns battle for control no one neither family nor friend enemy nor lover can be trusted Beyond money and power even the threat of prison one fate seems most likely for men like Joe an early death But until that day he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt br br Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales Bible quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption music and murder that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro,#6)

Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro,#6) Description:

Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood twelve years ago Desperate pleas for help from the child s aunt led investigators Kenzie and Gennaro to take on the case The pair risked everything to find the young girl only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home p Now Amanda is sixteen and gone again A stellar student brilliant but aloof she seemed destined to escape her upbringing Yet Amanda s aunt is once more knocking on Patrick Kenzie s door fearing the worst for the little girl who has blossomed into a striking clever young woman a woman who hasn t been seen in weeks p p Haunted by their consciences Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves methamphetamine dealers a mentally unstable crime boss and his equally demented wife a priceless thousand year old cross and a happily homicidal Russian gangster It s a world in which motives and allegiances constantly shift and mistakes are fatal p p In their desperate fight to confront the past and find Amanda McCready Kenzie and Gennaro will be forced to question if it s possible to do the wrong thing and still be right or to do the right thing and still be wrong As they face an evil that goes beyond broken families and broken dreams they discover that the sins of yesterday don t always stay buried and the crimes of today could end their lives p

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Sacred (Kenzie & Gennaro, #3)

Sacred (Kenzie & Gennaro, #3) Description:

Dennis Lehane won a Shamus Award for i A Drink Before the War i his first book about working class Boston detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro His second in the series i Darkness Take My Hand i got the kind of high octane reviews that careers are made of Now Lehane not only survives the dreaded third book curse he beats it to death with a stick i Sacred i is a dark and dangerous updating of Raymond Chandler s i The Big Sleep i as dying billionaire Trevor Stone hires Kenzie and Gennaro to find his daughter Desiree Patrick s mentor a wonderfully devious detective named Jay Becker has already disappeared in St Petersburg Florida while working the case so the two head there to pick up a trail Desiree of course is nothing like the sweet and simple beauty described by her father and even Chandler would have been amazed by the plot twists that Lehane manages to keep coming

Rating: 3.52 out of 5