5149cn2SnML._SX277_BO1,204,203,200_Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

(Harper Collins, $26.99, 325 pages, ISBN # 978-0-06-183692-3)

I have to preface this week’s Mysterious Book Report by saying that I’ve never read a novel by Dennis Lehane that I didn’t like.  Mystic River, The Given Day and ShutterIsland all grabbed me and never let go.  Lehane’s newest, Moonlight Mile (Harper Collins, $26.99, 325 pages, ISBN # 978-0-06-183692-3) is no exception.  Highly entertaining and written in his easy-to-read style, it kept me up late into the night. Moonlight Mile takes place in Massachusetts.  It’s about a search, the second one in 12 years, for a woman named Amanda McCready, and reprises two of Lehane’s best-loved and most popular characters, the private eye couple, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennara.  It’s “an explosive tale of integrity and vengeance,” as the dust jacket remarks, with several moral dilemmas thrown in for good measure.  Add some dope, drug gangs, addicts and thugs, gun battles, Russian mobsters and a precocious, cute four year-old . . . you’ll see why I’d suggest starting this one on Friday night so you’ll have the weekend available to finish it, because it’s got more action than the Moscow Circus.  And like the circus, the action never, ever, stops.

Like mystery, crime and thrillers?  All I can say is read this book.  You won’t be disappointed.  Dennis Lehane is one of America’s best living writers.


John Dwaine McKenna