Prayers for Rain

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Harper Collins, May 2, 2000 - Fiction - 416 pages
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The master of the new noir, Dennis Lehane delivers a shattering tale of evil, depravity, and justice that captures the dark realism of Boston’s gritty blue-collar streets.

Private Investigator Patrick Kenzie wants to know why a former client, a perky woman in love with life, could, within six months, jump naked from a Boston landmark—the final fall in a spiral of self-destruction. What he finds is a sadistic stalker who targeted the young woman and methodically drove her to her death. A monster the law can’t touch. But Kenzie can. He and his former partner, Angela Gennaro, will fight a mind-twisting battle against this psychopath even as he turns his tricks on them.

 

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Patrik Kenzie is feeling lost without Angela Gennaro, who has left the private investigator's partnership.
He's hired by Karen Nicholas, to stop a stalker from bothering her.
Patrick and his friend, Bubba, scare off the attempted assailant and think that their work is done.
Then, Patrick gets a call from Karen some time later.He doesn't think it's urgent so doesn't return it. Then he's aghast to find that she has committed suicide.
Patrick is feeling ashamed and depressed. He gets Angela to rejoin him and they investigate Karen's life, finding what transpired since she met with Kenzie. They will recreate the last days of Karen's life to see how she changed from a young woman anticipating her marriage, to a suicide victim.
Dennis Lehane tells an intriguing story of the evilness that a person can sink to and how a person's life can be changed by circumstances. Similiar plots have been written but Lehane tells this story well and grabs the reader's attention with the well orchestrated suspense.
Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are always interesting to read about. They have a witty dialogue when speaking to each other or the other characters and this helps make them a special couple.
 

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
4
Section 3
13
Section 4
22
Section 5
32
Section 6
38
Section 7
46
Section 8
56
Section 21
192
Section 22
202
Section 23
211
Section 24
223
Section 25
234
Section 26
245
Section 27
255
Section 28
264

Section 9
65
Section 10
77
Section 11
85
Section 12
99
Section 13
107
Section 14
118
Section 15
125
Section 16
136
Section 17
148
Section 18
159
Section 19
171
Section 20
180
Section 29
275
Section 30
283
Section 31
297
Section 32
302
Section 33
319
Section 34
327
Section 35
336
Section 36
350
Section 37
364
Section 38
369
Section 39
403
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About the author (2000)

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He lives in California with his family.

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