Review: A Drink Before the War

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

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

I think the Boston Sun­day Globe said it best, “Harsh and chill­ing … an absolute­ly ter­rif­ic sto­ry.”

This is the third Den­nis Lehane sto­ry I’ve tucked away and I have to say, the man can write. I only put the book down to get some sleep, and fin­ished it as soon as I could the next day. The sto­ry is sol­id, his char­ac­ters deep and nev­er dull, the loca­tions as defined as his char­ac­ters. And even if I was pret­ty sure how the end­ing would come out–and I was right–I still want­ed to know Ken­zie and Gen­naro would get there.

This was writ­ten 15 years ago, and yeah, I know, I’m behind the times.  Hap­pi­ly, for a read­er who doesn’t know much about the cur­rent Boston, the sto­ry has weath­ered very well.  I don’t know how much has changed local­ly in the bet­ter part of a gen­er­a­tion, but the top­ics Lehane hits go well beyond local, and well beyond our own neigh­bor­hoods, and they still seem as ram­pant today as they ever were.

I’m look­ing for­ward to Ken­zie and Gennaro’s next case, which I’m going to start … right about now.  Time for some more of Mr. Lehane’s excel­lent sto­ry­telling.

Has any­one else on my FL read much of Lehane?  If so, what did you think of him?  If you haven’t, what has stopped you from read­ing his work?

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