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Moonlight Mile
by Dennis Lehane
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William Morrow, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Amanda McCready was kidnapped when she was four years old. The team of Kenzie and Gennaro found her and returned her to a mother who should never have had a child. Her mothering skills were nil. Now, at sixteen, Amanda has once again disappeared.

When Amanda's Aunt Beatrice begs the pair to find her again, the two have no idea what they are up against. The girl is an outstanding student and headed for scholarships to several prestigious colleges. Why would she go of her own free will? Sophia, Amanda's close and admiring friend, has also made herself scarce. Rumor has it she has become addicted to drugs.

Husband and wife team Kenzie and Gennaro go back in time to the first disappearance and work forward. What they discover is mind boggling: 'a world of identity theft, methamphetamine dealers, a mentally unstable crime boss and his equally demented wife, a thousand year-old cross and a happily homicidal Russian gangster'. Plus two sixteen year-old girls in the middle of all this. What more can one ask of a thriller? Absolutely nothing.

Dennis Lehane, acclaimed author of Mystic River and Shutter Island (to mention just two of his many outstanding works), has once again given his fans a novel worthy of his name. Moonlight Mile contains characters that you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley as well as others you would invite to dinner. This is the second outing for Kenzie and Gennaro and, as far as I am concerned, I do hope that there will be a third, and a fourth and ...

As a footnote, I enjoy the manner in which Dennis Lehane injects his own thoughts and mores into his work. Most authors do this in one way or another; it's hard not to. However, Lehane's writing makes one stop to think about what he is saying. You may agree or disagree, but at least you have acknowledged another viewpoint. Don't miss Moonlight Mile.

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