This is the first book I have read written by Dennis Lehane. It was difficult to read at first due to the racial tensions and constant debate between whites and blacks. Even though it was written in 2000, I felt the story more applicable to the 1980s. There were a lot of twists in the story which left me waiting for the next shocker. I have started to read the second book in the series and am already hooked.
(The first book in the Kenzie and Gennaro series)
Fairly readable if you're astute enough to see a few pages of two-bit writer pontification coming and thumb past it. Lehane managed to fill about 75-100 of the 350 pages with his match-stick chewing philosophy about racial hatred, politics, love, child abuse and drugs. But it's somewhat readable because it has a plot, dialogue, characters and a setting in Boston.
An excellent story with a gritty undercurrent. I enjoyed the relationship and banter between Kenzie and his partner Gennaro. The plot has a horrible core, though, so be prepared for being revolted.
Dennis Lehane never lets you down. In each novel he creates very dark but confident, don't-mess-with-me main characters you wouldn't like to meet alone in the night. And this makes them so amazingly interesting. After all none of his characters seems empty but to be full of twists. This time Lehane 'dares' to write about racism - from both white and black people - in Boston. A well written page turner.
Dennis Lehane is much more than a mystery writer; he goes beyond just telling a good, suspenseful story. This novel deals with race, class, politics, power, families, and the thin line between love and hate. It is an entertaining page turner, but it is also raw, emotional, dark, and disturbing. This book made me cringe, it made me think -- and it made me laugh. So far, I have read three of his novels, and I intend to read them all.
A Drink Before the War ---- by Dennis Lehane c - 1994/read 2003 pbk. ---- A Friend suggested this book ---- The story is Rough, Tragic and Mildly Funny. ---- 3 Stars ---- Enjoy ---- Richardpaul
As good a noir as anyone could wish.
Every book that Dennis Lehane writes is absolutely riveting and this one is no exception. His sense of humour and biting wit make me laugh often and help to get inside the situations. As his story takes you around Boston it's easy to picture the neighbourhoods and the people. It's surprising how much the characters he presents resound as human and real. I love it.
13 re-writes apparently after having written this in 3 weeks. Somehow it all worked out because this is a good one.
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