Monday, October 17, 2011

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

Private Investigators

Review Courtesy of Cassandra Alpaugh
Moonlight mile by Dennis Lehane

Main Characters
Patrick Kenzie-P.I., Angela Gennaro-P.I., Amanda McCready – Sequel to Gone, baby, gone


11 years after Gone, baby, gone Kenzie and Gennaro are still in Boston, MA. Kenzie has mellowed with age and fatherhood and is looking to find more stable work and income. The start of the book does a good job expressing what it feels like to live in the current recession. Gennaro is a stay at home mom who is finishing up her degree but is pinning after the excitement of her P.I. days.


Kenzie is called back to once again find Amanda McCready. Amanada is missing, again. Amanda’s aunt has Kenzie and Gennaro are determined to do the right thing by Amanda but once again there are legally right and morally wrong decisions that need to be made.

Point of View

First person point of view from the character of Patrick Kenzie.

Has a nice pace in the beginning as the character’s current situation is explored and then takes off at an explosive pace as the investigation gets underway.

Main Character Traits

Matter of fact personalities laced with dark humor. The characters are getting older but they are balanced, yet prone to handling situations with violence.


Lehane has an amazing command of the first person narrative which stays consistent throughout the entire book. There is gritty language used.

Degree of Violence

There are Russian mafia folks who like to shoot people. Kenzie has a tendency to shoot people. Bubba has a tendency to shoot people … so it is pretty violent.


There is a lot of dark humor sometimes so understated that it may take you a while to get the job. Bubba has a few good one-liners.

There is a lot of talk about sex and a teenage pregnancy. It isn’t terribly descriptive but could be almost Rated PG-13.

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