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As richly complex and brutal as the terrain it depicts, here is the mesmerizing, darkly original novel that heralded the arrival of Dennis Lehane, the master of the new noir -- and introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his smart and tough private investigators weaned on the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.

A cabal of powerful Boston politicians is willing to pay Kenzie and Gennaro big money for a seemingly small job: to find the missing cleaning woman who stole some secret documents. As Kenzie and Gennaro learn, however, this crime is no ordinary theft. It's about justice. About right and wrong. But in Boston, finding the truth isn't just a dirty business ... it's deadly.

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A Drink Before the War
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A drink before the war
August 4th, 2015
Had not read Dennis Lehane before and have become a fan. A great book that weaves political power mongering and manipulation with a story about the real people who are impacted by it and if all works well can end up exposing those responsible. Hard to put the book down. A great read.
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New discovery for me
June 15th, 2015
Ineligent mix of ethical and social questions interwoven with a believable plot. Good character depiction with subplot and insight. Will read more by this author
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Get to know Kenzie & Gennaro
February 26th, 2015
Have read other Lehane books but the first with these two PIs. This book has got me hooked on more in the series. Easy and quick read.
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A Drink Before the War
March 8th, 2014
Similar writing styles to Robert Crais, who is one of my favorites. I enjoyed this book enough to buy the next in the series but so far he is no Robert Crais.
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