Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
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“Powerful and raw, harrowing, and unsentimental.”

Washington Post Book World

 

“Chilling, completely credible….[An] absolutely gripping story.”

Chicago Tribune

 

“Mr. Lehane delivers big time.”
Wall Street Journal

 

In Gone, Baby, Gone, the master of the new noir, New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island), vividly captures the complex beauty and darkness of working-class Boston. A gripping, deeply evocative thriller about the devastating secrets surrounding a little girl lost, featuring the popular detective team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, Gone, Baby, Gone was the basis for the critically acclaimed motion picture directed by Ben Affleck and starring Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, and Morgan Freeman.

 

About Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Noticing a couple of details that escaped all those cops on the loose enables Patrick to contact Amanda’s kidnappers and set up a ransom drop, but it all goes horribly wrong—as does his attempt to recover a second child snatched several months later, in a case that reveals the truth to Patrick at...

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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

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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.

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Ben Affleck's powerful directorial debut adapts Dennis Lehane's novel about a Boston P.I. trying to find a missing girl.

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Credit for the pungent dialogue, which is nearly as salty as The Departed's and often as funny, should probably go more to Lehane than to the screenplay co-written by Affleck and Aaron Stockard, but Affleck gets near-perfect performances from his actors, with Harris a particular standout as a det...

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Pajiba

I figured since this 5K is "Locally Grown" and the idea is to read 5 books set in places you lived/live/want to live, I'd choose books about Boston and surrounding areas, since I've been here for nearly 9 years.

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Reviewing the Evidence

This is a novel that will be enjoyed by many, especially those coming to the book after seeing the movie, those who have never heard of Lehane or read one of his books before.

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Common Sense Media

Close Expand to see more details Based on Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name, Ben Affleck's directorial debut GONE BABY GONE stars Affleck's younger brother, Casey, in a subtle-yet-powerful performance as Patrick Kenzie.

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Deseret News

The only way "Gone Baby Gone" could be more faithful to its source material would be to simply photograph the pages of Dennis Lehane's best-selling mystery/crime novel.

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The Uncustomary Book Review

After avoiding his table for about two hours, I decided to finally read the back of one of his books once the line in front of his table had diminished.

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Monsters and Critics

There is an easy rapport between Monaghan and Casey Affleck, but the actor downplays his character to the point of disappearing at times and is left in the wake of such practiced performers as Freeman and Harris.

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Lit Lovers

Lehane returned as a writer for the fourth season in 2006 Lehane and the writing staff won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2008 ceremony and the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Television Feature/Mini-Series Teleplay for their work on the fourth season.

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New York Magazine

So I chose Gone Baby Gone: It’s based on one of Dennis Lehane’s terrific Kenzie-Gennaro detective novels, and I wanted to see if Ben Affleck could commit as a director the way he doesn’t as an actor.

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The Age

Lumet - an idol of Affleck's - has pursued in some of his best.

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CNN.com

(CNN) -- With the exception of his character turn in last year's "Hollywoodland," Ben Affleck hasn't exactly distinguished himself with his choice of roles of late.

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jrforasteros.com

Gone Baby Gone is Dennis Lehane’s fourth novel to feature crack private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

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Star Pulse

Summary:Ben Affleck's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel -Gone, Baby, Gone stars Casey Affleck as Patrick Kenzie, a private investigator from working-class Boston who takes on a case involving a kidnapped girl.

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