By Dennis Lehane
As richly complicated and brutal because the terrain it depicts, this is the enthralling, darkly unique novel that heralded the coming of Dennis Lehane, the grasp of the hot noir -- and brought Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his clever and hard inner most investigators weaned at the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.
A cabal of robust Boston politicians is keen to pay Kenzie and Gennaro gigantic funds for a doubtless small task: to discover the lacking cleansing lady who stole a few mystery files. As Kenzie and Gennaro research, although, this crime isn't any usual robbery. It's approximately justice. approximately correct and fallacious. yet in Boston, discovering the reality isn't only a soiled enterprise ... it's lethal.
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For one thing, it presented itself as a compulsion imposed from outside as to which I had not even the option of yielding on my own terms; and, for another, I had a definite conviction that, in revisiting Ellen's house, I was getting into something very queer that I didn't know how to handle. I did my best to resist this compulsion, and I did not allow myself to go till the impulse was no longer felt as morbid and I could put it to myself that I was merely dropping in to inquire about the illness of a friend.
I had crooked teeth and my head was too big for my body. " She was certainly not bad-looking now and she could never have been so homely as she imagined; but she was short and did have rather a large square head on a neck that was a little too small for it-physically, she resembled the doctor-and I could see that, with her precocious intelligence, she might not have been a belle. But her magnificent agate-green eyes must at any age have been arresting: they seemed to concentrate the light of the intellect as a powerful lens does the sun, and in this intellectual quality they suggested the eyes of a remarkable man; yet they were also extremely feminine and responded to everything that met them as the eyes of men seldom do.
Though she always maintained the attitude of the advanced and self-confident woman who is not afraid of conventions and who knows that she can compete with men in fields which they have largely monopolized, she was obviously gratified by this; and I was at first a little puzzled at her pleasure in recognition from so stuffy a quarter; but I felt that she was perhaps, as sometimes happens, falling back for reassurance in her new personal loneliness on public appreciation of her work from anywhere and by anybody.
A Drink Before the War (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Book 1) by Dennis Lehane