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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