Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

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13 Critic Reviews

Even the private-eye couple's best friend, the blithe psychopath Bubba Rogowski, has duller edges this time out...Such criticisms don't detract from the entertainment value of "Moonlight Mile," which in its best moments zooms along...
-LA Times

Synopsis

“[Lehane has] emerged from the whodunit ghetto as a broader and more substantial talent....When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers a bravura demonstration of how it’s done.”
New York Times

Moonlight Mile is the first Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro suspense novel in more than a decade from the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling master of the new noir, Dennis Lehane. An explosive tale of vengeance and redemption—the brilliant sequel to Gone, Baby, GoneMoonlight Mile returns Lehane’s unforgettable and deeply human detective duo to the mean streets of blue collar Boston to investigate the second disappearance of Amanda McCready, now sixteen years old. After his remarkable success with Mystic River, Shutter Island, and The Given Day, the celebrated author whom the Washington Post praises as, “one of those brave new detective stylists who is not afraid of fooling around with the genre’s traditions,” returns to his roots—and the result, as always, is electrifying.

 

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 November 2, 2010 by William Morrow. 382 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Moonlight Mile
All: 13 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 5

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Oct 27 2010

So Patrick and Angie follow the bread-crumb trail of clues and suspects, giving Mr. Lehane many occasions to write acid-etched dialogue and show off his fine powers of description.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Feb 25 2011

Those who have read the earlier book or seen the film will feel this history even more keenly, but readers starting here will find some of the sharpest talk and smartest social observation in crime fiction.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Bruce G. Smith on Jan 02 2011

Lehane exhibits a mastery of the storytelling trade. He is truly a wordsmith. His characters are real, and they deal with real issues in realistic ways. No James Bond tricks.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Nov 01 2010

Lehane shows no rust at all in MOONLIGHT MILE. Its ending is surprising and of great consequence, and will leave his readers wondering what will come next.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Nov 02 2010

Even the private-eye couple's best friend, the blithe psychopath Bubba Rogowski, has duller edges this time out...Such criticisms don't detract from the entertainment value of "Moonlight Mile," which in its best moments zooms along...

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Darren Franich on Nov 03 2010

There is a lot to like about Moonlight Mile: the panoramic vision of societal decline, Patrick and Angie?s never-ending verbal one-upmanship. But you?ll finish it hoping that Lehane has another, better book on his mind.

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Dallas News

Good
Reviewed by Joy Tipping on Nov 07 2010

You always learn something new when reading Lehane. Here, he'll have you flipping pages as fast as you can, loving the pace and danger, all the while pondering how far your own moral compass might wobble away from true north under the right circumstances.

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Tampa Bay Times

Good
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Nov 13 2010

Moonlight Mile boasts not only such enigmatic clues but many of the other hallmarks of great hard-boiled fiction. Lehane is a master of the genre's lean, propulsive style and its sharply observed descriptions...

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About.com Bestsellers

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Reviewed by Mike Sullivan on Feb 01 2016

Lehane shows he still has the chops to make a mystery snap, crackle and pop...Gennaro is more of a secondary character this time, though she does still have some great scenes...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Theodore Feit on Sep 07 2011

The characters seem like cardboard cutouts, and a lot of the dialog appears stilted. These characteristics are unusual in a Lehane novel. Oh well, on to the next one.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Above average
Reviewed by Nerd of Noir on Dec 27 2010

But though I’d rank it fairly low in the Kenzie and Gennaro series, Moonlight Mile is still, you know, a fucking Kenzie and Gennaro book, one of the most addicting non-illegal things you can put under your nose.

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Spinetingler Magazine

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Reviewed by Brian Lindenmuth on Nov 16 2010

The Belarus Cross sub-plot. On one hand it was like something that even Dan Brown would have passed on...The quiet and bittersweet ending of the book and series. Putting criticism aside I found myself getting caught up in the emotional sweep of some of the final moments...

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The Pacific Northwest Inlander

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Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on Dec 01 2010

Lehane has a distinct talent for taking everyday people and the moral questions they’re wrestling with and twisting them until the reader screams. Still, there’s a lot of humanity in Lehane’s novel...

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