• Title: A Drink Before the War
  • Author: Dennis Lehane
  • ISBN: 9780553818222
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Drink Before the War Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are tough private investigators who know the blue collar neighbourhoods and ghettos of Boston s Dorchester section as only natives can Working out of an old church be
    Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are tough private investigators who know the blue collar neighbourhoods and ghettos of Boston s Dorchester section as only natives can Working out of an old church belfry, Kenzie and Gennaro take on a seemingly simple assignment for a prominent politician to uncover the whereabouts of Jenna Angeline, a black cleaning woman who has allegePatrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are tough private investigators who know the blue collar neighbourhoods and ghettos of Boston s Dorchester section as only natives can Working out of an old church belfry, Kenzie and Gennaro take on a seemingly simple assignment for a prominent politician to uncover the whereabouts of Jenna Angeline, a black cleaning woman who has allegedly stolen confidential Statehouse documents.But finding Jenna proves easy compared to staying alive The investigation escalates, uncovering a web of corruption extending from bombed out ghetto streets to the highest levels of state government.With slick, hip dialogue and a lyrical narrative pocked by explosions of violence, A Drink Before the War confronts a city in which institutionalized bigotry and corruption are often the norm, and the true nature of racial incidents is rarely clear Dennis Lehane s remarkable debut is at once a pulsating crime thriller and a mirror of our world, one in which the worst human horrors are found closest to home, and the most vicious obscenities are committed in the name of love.

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    1. My very first Dennis Lehane…and I LOVED every gorgeous, kick-ass, page-turning word of it. I loved the writingwhich paired genre grit and humor with a polished, emotive literary quality that you don’t often see in detective novels. I loved the plotwhich had a duo of private detectives trying to locate some “incriminating” documents for a group of political mucky mucks, and ending up mired in a conspiracy of dark family secrets, gang warfare, racial tensions and the U.S. Senate. I love [...]

    2. Dennis Lehane - from Boston Magazine A noir touch, complete with nifty madcap dialogue and a dark sense of humor makes this a fun detective tale. It begins when two politicians come to PI Patrick Kenzie and employ him and partner Angela Gennaro to retrieve some documents purloined by a cleaning woman. What follows is a large scale gang-war between two of the most notorious lowlifes in Boston, two who share a surprising connection. Depravity, turf, shame, revenge all figure in this dark tale of e [...]

    3. My friend Kelly recently read the fourth book in this series and clued me into it.I read Mystic River and Shutter Island by Lehane and they were both okay reads. This one I LOVED. You have Angie Gennaro who is tough as nails except for where it comes to her abusive husband. Then Patrick Kenzie. Kenzie has lots of daddy issues. Kenzie might just have lots of all kinds of issues.My gun is, as Angie would say, "not a fuck-around thing." It's a .44 magnum automatic-an "automag," they call it gleeful [...]

    4. As a gang war looms on the horizon, private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find a missing woman who stole some documents from a senator. What they find could ignite a race war and burn Boston to the groundWhen I recently got caught up on Robert Crais's Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, I wondered if I'd find an acceptable crime series to fill the void. Consider the void filled to the point of overflowing.A Drink Before the War stars PI team Patrick Kenzie and Angela Genn [...]

    5. Before he wrote Mystic River, Shutter Island or was part of the crime novelist dream team that worked with David Simon on The Wire, Dennis Lehane was just another writer trying to establish a private eye series. Of course, they’d end up being some of the best books of their kind because Lehane is just that damn good.Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro have been friends since their childhood growing up in a blue collar Boston neighborhood and now they’re partners in a detective agency. They’r [...]

    6. Posted at Shelf Inflicted Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are offered big bucks to find a cleaning woman who made off with some confidential documents. It sounds like a simple case, but there’s a lot more to those documents than just state secrets. Kenzie and Gennaro both grew up in blue-collar Dorchester and even though they’re tough, dealing with sleazy politicians and dangerous gangs takes all their energy, resolve and determination. The detectives have their own issues to deal with too [...]

    7. Actual rating : 4.5 starsDark and addictive, A Drink Before the War is probably one of the best thrillers I've ever read, and I can't wait to get my hands on the other books in the series. With none of the stereotypical crap I've learnt to dread, the characterization constitutes the greatest achievement of A Drink Before the War. Indeed I'm so tired of the one-dimensional archetypes which are often served to us on a silver platter. None of that here, but more nuances : none of them can be descri [...]

    8. A crime drama set in '90s Boston?! Yes and thank you! I came of age in the 1990s just 45 minutes outside of Boston. So much of this book speaks to me.What didn't feel as intimate was the race relations/strife plot. There was one black family in my sleepy little suburban hometown when I grew up. I'm sure we had racists, but racism wasn't a thing because there weren't races, just a bunch of whities. The subject didn't come up unless it was in the newspapers. The city had its problems, has had its [...]

    9. Sinead O'Connor sings "somebody cut out your eyes" in Drink Before the War. It is a very sad song. Basil Fawlty asks "would you like to eat first, or would you like a drink before the war? AHH! Er trespassers will be tied up with piano wire SORRY, SORRY!" It's a very amusing skit.If you could somehow combine these two into a book, you'd have A Drink Before the War.Denis Lehane's writing is very amusing, sometimes silly, often glib, yet with moments of poignancy. The world his characters live in [...]

    10. *3.5 Stars*Once that ugliness has been forced into you, it becomes part of your blood, dilutes it, races through your heart and back out again, staining everything as it goes. The ugliness never goes away, never comes out, no matter what you do. Anyone who thinks otherwise is naive.There have been so many books I've read and fallen in love with, lately. I'd love to say I'm just that good at picking out books and taking extraordinary leaps to try new and exciting genres and different authorsbut t [...]

    11. Private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are hired on to do what seems like a simple job - find a black cleaning lady that disappeared with some important documents. But suddenly they find themselves caught up in something more. Something that could kill both of them.I picked this up because I enjoy Dennis Lehane's writing and was looking for a new series since I just finished the last published book in Tana French's series. This completely fit what I was looking for: flawed character [...]

    12. This is my first experience with a Dennis Lehane book. I've seen the movie adaptations of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, and Shutter Island but had yet to read something by him. Last night I figured I would remedy that. Thanks to the magic that is Minecraft and Audible, I was able to blow through it in one session of gaming. The audiobook is narrated by Jonathan Davis (no, not the lead singer of Korn), and Mr. Davis does a passable job. Nothing stellar, but he got the job done. The book itself is [...]

    13. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are PIs who have been hired to find a woman believed to have stolen some possibly incriminating documents from a government official. Finding the woman is easy, but when she is gunned down in the middle of the street before Kenzie’s eyes (and before the documents have been recovered) the case gets a LOT more complicated.Dennis Lehane where have you been all my life????? If you think I’m going soft with two 5-Star ratin [...]

    14. Came across this series when looking for some good crime fiction (which is not cooked up by ghost writers and doesn't bear a name of James Patterson on its cover) to bind me over until the next Tana French's and Gillian Flynn's releases. I think I am going to stick with it.The main characters of this series are Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, Boston PIs. In A Drink Before the War they get hired by an influential state senator to locate a woman who, according to him, stole some sensitive docume [...]

    15. 'Some people, you either kill them or leave them be, because you’ll never change their minds.' A drink before the war is the outstanding first book  in the Kenzie and Gennaro series and I've gotta say this is a completely absorbing crime thriller that explores racial divides, political power plays, abuse in a sickening form, gang wars and a distinctly profound lack of goodness in people. Private Investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired by big guns Senator Sterling Mulkern a [...]

    16. This book had both the makings of greatness and potential disaster for me. For one, high-marks in gritty detectivery (not a real word) from a trusted source or two had me going in with high expectations. Then there are the elements of the story itself. A guy/girl PI duo, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, could make for tension-laced banter (see Archer and Lana for the spyland ideal), but I'm not a fan of romance when it encroaches on the territory of my mystery plots. Likewise, the geographical [...]

    17. A Drink Before the War was my first Dennis Lehane book and an excellent start to the Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro series. The only thing I wondered was, why the hell did it take me so long before reading this book?I liked Patrick and Angie, I didn't like Phil, Angie's husband and wondered how long before she would get rid of him. But there was one person beside the detective duo that I liked; Bubba. I have a bit of fondness for one person armies! The case was interesting and seemed to be a s [...]

    18. Terrific first half of this book (4-star), but what a disappointment in the last half (2-star), and the ending was awful (1-star)Lehane shows great promise in the beginning, with tight dialogue and action sequences, some great humour, and interesting characters and plot.By the end of Chapter 4, he finds his true voice: Patrick and Angela are talking and flirting after the first day’s work. Wonderful. Then Phil arrives and silently spars with Patrick over Angela’s attention, then they leave a [...]

    19. After reading "Shutter Island", which I liked, (with reservations that have grown in hindsight), and having seen the film "Mystic River", which I also liked, I decided to hunt down some of Dennis Lehane's other novels. "A Drink Before The war" is Lehane's first novel and is proof that a writer gets better with experience, (though they do have a ceiling and Lehanes is a low one). Let me explain; While Shutter Island had an interesting plot with clever twists, an interesting lead character, and a [...]

    20. 9/10A great start to this series, I had high expectations from the off after some very positive reviews and my enjoyment (if that is the right word) of the film, "Gone, Baby, Gone", but this was better than anticipated. The story starts with a light hearted tone with a private investigator, Kenzie, meeting with some high powered political players who want him to recover some missing documents that a cleaner has stolen. All sounds innocent enough. Let the mayhem ensue!The story goes at a fair old [...]

    21. LOVED IT!Welcome to the streets of Dorchester, Boston (late '80s)! And what have we here? A new favorite series.Rating, 4.5How did this happen? How had Dennis Lehane managed to slip under my radar till now? I've read my share of books featuring private detectives, fantasy, historical, contemporary detective agencies, pairs and those that work solo but it never caught me as an interesting theme so far (not counting Ian Rutledge he's a Scotland Yard inspector, an entirely different kind of fish) [...]

    22. Relentlessly violent with more than a hint of social commentary and a double dose of hardboiled PI.Dennis Lehane introduces his guy/girl dream team of attitude and mayhem, vulnerability and soul in the pairing of Kenzie & Gennaro with this first book in the series. Hired to find just one little old cleaning lady they become embroiled in gang warfare and political sleaze, leaving dead bodies wherever they go with a clever comment, a well placed shot and a heavy heart.Halfway through I was abo [...]

    23. I like Lehane's work, and I suspect if he hadn't billed this series as a team endeavor (Kenzie and Gennaro) I would have gotten to it a lot sooner. Partners are tough for me. I aim for Holmes/Watson and invariably wind up with Rocky and Bullwinkle. There's something about maintaining the balance between two principal personalities and a masterful piece of detection that defeats a number of authors. Because I've been burned more than once, I tend to stick to my lone rangers. The surprise here was [...]

    24. I'm a Lehane fan, pure and simple. His books Mystic River and Shutter island totally blew me away. I thought the novel Gone Baby Gone was great too. I really liked the Kenzie and Gerrano detective characters and was interested in their origins. I was also interested in checking out Lehane's debut novel, the one that got him into the game. So I searched out 'A Drink Before The War' and got cracking. The story is about two Boston private eyes doing some investigating on behalf of some wealthy poli [...]

    25. Um excelente romance policial.Assassínio, prostituição, corrupção, racismo, luta de poder, violência doméstica, guerra de gangs,… Um verdadeiro cocktail dos melhores “presentes” que o ser humano tem para oferecer…No meio deste “paraíso” movimentam-se:Patrick Kenzie – um detective muito bom no que faz (e, por isso, caro), frontal, corajoso – como se não tivesse nada a perder (e tem?) - e com um sentido de humor oportuno, refinado e inteligente;Angela Gennaro - a colega de [...]

    26. 3.5The first book in the 'Kenzie & Gennaro' series and I am impressed enough to continue the series. I do not think this book was as good as 'Mystic River' or 'Shutter Island' but that doesn't mean I thought it was bad. The book was good but not great. I think the thing that weakened this story for me was the lack of character development. Kenzie's background developed somewhat as the story progressed but other than his background relationship with his father there was really nothing else de [...]

    27. Brutal Backstreets of BeantownA blistering hot beginning to Lehane's Boston detective series. He was able to create magic mojo between mavericks Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro from the start, a super 1-2 Irish-Italian P.I. punch, taking it to the Boston streets, dodging bullets, brawn and barbs from 2 black street gangs and some powerful politicians.This is a close 2d in the series to #4 "Gone Girl." I've criticized as too implausible and forced the third one and the last one Moonlight Mile. I [...]

    28. My introduction to the fiction of Dennis Lehane begins with a BANG! and keeps popping for 277 pages, as if a stevedore spent big on the Fourth of July and can't stop chucking firecrackers around polite society. Published in 1994, the dirty, combustive energy of Lehane's debut seems appropriate for a novel that climaxes on Independence Day. Starting with a great title, A Drink Before the War takes place in and around present day Boston, where young private detective Patrick Kenzie is summoned to [...]

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