Hardcover First Edition with Dust Jacket
Very Good/Very Good (See Detail Below)
Publisher: William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York
Copyright Date: 1998
Stated First Edition with Number Line: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Book is slightly shelf cocked with some indentations to bottom back edge. Fore edge of text block has a light water marek. Bottom edge has a black marker line.
Dust Jacket has some wear and buckling on back as well as some rubbing.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Vanished, in this complex and unsettling fourth case for PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro (after Sacred, 1997) is four-year-old Amanda McCready, taken one night from her apartment in Dorchester, a working-class section of Boston, where her mother had left her alone. Kenzie and Gennaro, hired by the child's aunt and uncle, join in an unlikely alliance with Remy Broussard and Nick Raftopoulos, known as Poole, the two cops with the department's Crimes Against Children squad who are assigned to the case. In tracing the history of Amanda's neglectful mother, whose past involved her with a drug lord and his minions, the foursome quickly find themselves tangling with Boston's crime underworld and involved in what appears to be a coup among criminals. Lehane develops plenty of tension between various pairs of parties: the good guys looking for Amanda and the bad guys who may know where she is; the two PIs and the two cops; various police and federal agencies; opposing camps in the underworld; and Patrick and Angie, who are lovers as well as business partners. All is delivered with abundant violence?e.g., bloated and mutilated corpses; gangland executions; shoot-outs with weapons of prodigious firepower; descriptions of sexual abuse of small children; threats of rape and murder?that serves to make Amanda's likely fate all the more chilling. Lehane tackles corruption in many forms as he brings his complicated plot to its satisfying resolution, at the same time leaving readers to ponder moral questions about social and individual responsibility long after the last page is turned.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lehane was born and raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, and continues to live in the Boston area which provides the setting for most of his books. He is a graduate of Boston College High School, Eckerd College (where he truly found his passion for writing), and the nationally recognized graduate program in creative writing at Florida International University. His first book, A Drink Before the War (1994), which introduced the recurring characters Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, won the 1995 Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel.
Currently, as of June 2006, he teaches as Eckerd's writer-in-residence and co-directs Eckerd's Writers in Paradise conference in January.