The follow-up to Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War, Darkness, Take My Hand continues the story of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro and their shoestring PI agency. Like the previous novel, it is a dark tale of South Boston and the corrupt, nihilistic characters who inhabit its underworld.
Unfortunately, where A Drink Before the War was dark and grim, Darkness, Take My Hand ups the gore factor and the sheer amount of human depravity and evil to an unpleasant level. It’s a fine line to walk in noir fiction, and Lehane steps way over it in this novel—reading it is like taking a bath in filth.
On the plus side, Lehane’s prose is finely honed and crafted.
Darkness, Take My Hand is definitely only for the hard-core noir fan.
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From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.