Patrick Kenzie and Angela
Gennaro Series, No 6
November 2, 2010 / ISBN 978-0061836923
by Dennis Collins
was kidnapped when she was four years old. The perpetrators were
a couple who only wanted to take Amanda from a neglectful mother
and give her a loving childhood. But kidnapping is not an acceptable
way to address poor parenting transgressions. The child was eventually
tracked down by private investigator Patrick Kenzie and returned
to her mother. It wasn’t the best thing for the young child
but it was the law.
is sixteen years old, and in spite of a deplorable home life she
is an honor student with a great chance for a full ride college
scholarship. But now she has disappeared again and her grandmother
contacts Patrick Kenzie once more. “You found her once, you
can find her again.” was the grandmother’s plea.
very different this time around, at least as far as Kenzie is concerned.
Amanda is old enough to make her own choices and her scholastic
records indicate that she is capable of making very good ones. Amanda’s
mother is now living with a convicted felon who is almost certainly
running some sort of shady business out of their home. But they’re
not the biggest problem.
It seems that
Amanda has run afoul of the Russian mob and their baby mill scheme.
When Patrick Kenzie enters the fray, the stakes go up for the Russians
and Angie, Kenzie’s wife and former partner is put in the
line of fire along with their own four year old daughter. The Russians
have a seemingly limitless reach and the dangers appear all too
real. Amanda has something that the Russians want and they won’t
stop killing until they get it.
is the final installment on one of Dennis Lehane’s earlier
books, Gone, Baby, Gone which chronicles Amanda McReady’s
early life. The dialog is quite lively and very entertaining considering
how dark the subject matter is. The story moves along at a good
pace and never seems to get bogged down. Overall, it’s worth
a few stars.