Mystic River

“Happiness comes in moments, and then it’s gone until the next time. Could be years. But sadness settles in..” In the summer of 1975, three friends – Jimmy, Dave and Sean – are approached by two men claiming to be police officers.  While able to coax Dave into their car, Jimmy and Sean would stay…

World Gone By

Seven years after the events of Live By Night, Dennis Lehane’s World Gone By picks up as Joe Coughlin settles into a position acting as a bridge between the criminal underworld and high society.  Coughlin makes a lot of people a lot of money, which means a lot of people are very happy – so…

Moonlight Mile

After shelving Kenzie and Gennaro for eleven years, Lehane returned to his signature characters in 2010 with the series’ sixth novel, Moonlight Mile.  A lot has happened since we last left the detectives.  Patrick and Angie have since tied the knot and brought life into the world in their four year old daughter, Gabby.  Feeling…

Since We Fell

Since We Fell tells the story of Rachel Childs as she searches for her father, a man she barely remembers from her childhood.  It is also the story of her struggles as a journalist covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Oh, and it’s also the story of the breakdown of her first marriage to a…

The Drop

“Cities,” Bob’s father once told him, “aren’t run from the capitol building. They’re run from the cellar. The First City? The one you see? That’s the clothes they put over the body to make it look better. But the Second City is the body. That’s where they take the bets and sell the women and…

Live By Night

Live By Night begins in the thick of the roaring 20s.  The advent of prohibition has normalized corruption among the police and criminals with an explosion of illegal distilleries and speakeasies popping up all over the country.  Despite the government’s best efforts to keep liquor out of the hands of the population, consumption has more…

Prayers for Rain

Patrick Kenzie is approached by a woman named Karen Nichols who asks him to scare off a stalker.  After Kenzie, along with the always terrifying Bubba Rowgowski, put the fear of God into the guy, Patrick considers the matter settled.  About four months later, Karen leaves a vague message on Patrick’s phone asking for help…

Top 5 Reads in 2016

Dark Matter This book absolutely blew me away.  Given that people were rather secretive on the overall plot by throwing out testimonials like, “Just read this, you won’t regret it”, how could I pass it up?  Keeping in the tradition of the aforementioned praise, I will continue to refrain from spoiling the events in Crouch’s…