Prayers for Rain
|Publisher:||William Morrow & Company|
What if a total stranger was watching your every move? What if he read your mail, listened in on your phone calls, knew what you spoke of only to your most trusted confidants? What if he learned Your routines? Your weaknesses? And, most important, what if he discovered those things you love and cling to…and then he stripped you of them? And sat back to watch while you self-destructed?
Boston private investigator Patrick Kenzie is about to anger such a man.
When Patrick first meets Karen Nichols, she strikes him as the kind of woman who irons her socks—an innocent from a protected upbringing, untouched by tragedy. But six months later Karen commits suicide by leaping from one of Boston’s most cherished monuments. Patrick finds himself wondering what can alter someone so drastically, so quickly, that suicide seems her only option. Yet what begins as idle curiosity soon becomes obsessive as Patrick suspects that the tragic events that befell Karen during the last months of her life—an “accident” that destroyed her fiancé; the loss of her job, her apartment, and eventually her mind—may not have been as random as they first appeared.
Enlisting the aid of his ex-partner and ex-flame, Angela Gennaro, as well as that of his friend, the lethally unbalanced Bubba Rogowski, Patrick enters into a treacherous game of cat-and-mouse with a man who, instead of merely killing his victims, prefers to make them wish they were dead. Through the final weeks of a stifling summer, Patrick, Angie, and Bubba wage psychological warfare with this brilliant, depraved sociopath—a war that will bring them face-to-face with the sordid secrets of an affluent family, a brutal Mafioso, a cabal of twisted kidnappers, and a perilous encounter in the misty dark of a cranberry bog.
As the stakes grow higher and more personal, they find they might be fighting a losing battleagainst an enemy the law can’t touch, who is always one step ahead of them, who is gradually learning their weaknesses, their loves, and is determined to tear their worlds apart.
Prayers for Rain is Dennis Lehane’s fifth installment in his intricately plotted, beautifully written, and much underacknowledged Boston mystery series. Lehane’s books reflect our morally complex times, when the borders between right and wrong are somewhat blurry.
Private investigator Patrick Kenzie is in the middle of a personal crisis—he’s lost his passion for the profession, and is tired of people with their “predictable vices, their predictable needs and wants and dormant desires.” Angie Gennaro, his occasional sweetheart, lifelong friend, and fellow investigator has quit the business. She’s still deeply resentful about Patrick’s handling of the Amanda McCready case, the focus of Gone, Baby, Gone. Without Angie, private investigating has lost its fizz.
The suicide of a former client, Karen Nichols, gives Kenzie his investigative itch back. Six months earlier, Kenzie tracked down a stalker who had been harassing Nichols, and put an end to his heinous hobby. But Nichols needed more help than this PI could ever have imagined. “She’d been drowning, and I’d been busy.” The successful, middle-class young woman had been sinking into a sea of drugs, alcohol, and prostitution, hitting the bottom when she jumped from the Boston Custom House. Her death consumes Kenzie—he is convinced that someone pulled her into the vortex, although her nearest and dearest simply call her weak.
Kenzie teams up with his explosive, loving, gun-toting friend Bubba Rogowski, and, after a boozy reunion, Angie Gennaro joins them. This fearless threesome must surely be the most original team in contemporary crime fiction. Good at the core—but seriously screwed up by various demons from their pasts—tact and decorum is hardly their style. They work their way across Boston, doing whatever it takes to question Nichols’s family and acquaintances. By unveiling the real Nichols, tragic family secrets, betrayals, and conspiracies are also unmasked.
If you haven’t experienced Dennis Lehane’s world before, be prepared for an invigorating new reading experience. —Naomi Gesinger
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P.I.’s Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro team up once again for the intense Prayers for Rain. Their new task: Catch an evil manipulator whose modus operandi, which doesn’t involve a gun or a knife, leaves his victims quite dead nonetheless. See, this madman doesn’t do the killing himself: He mercilessly coaxes his victims into killing themselves.