A Drink Before the War

A Drink Before the War

Book - 1994 | First edition.
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As richly complex and brutal as the terrain it depicts, here is the mesmerizing, darkly original novel that heralded the arrival of Dennis Lehane, the master of the new noir--and introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his smart and tough private investigators weaned on the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.

A cabal of powerful Boston politicians is willing to pay Kenzie and Gennaro big money for a seemingly small job: to find a missing cleaning woman who stole some secret documents. As Kenzie and Gennaro learn, however, this crime is no ordinary theft. It's about justice, about right and wrong. But in Boston, finding the truth isn't just a dirty business . . . it's deadly.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, [1994]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780062049100
Branch Call Number: LEH
Mystery L PBK
Characteristics: 267 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 17, 2018

Early Kenzie/Gennaro detective novel by Lehane. The story about a threat of political scandal, murder, and gang warfare over a case of horrific sexual exploitation is fast-paced but rather contrived and straining believability. Later Kenzie/Genarro novels got better, especially Gone, Baby, Gone.

Sep 11, 2018

Here is the plot (meh). A US senator's black cleaning lady finds his child/porn pictures on his desk (yawn). She leaves with the pictures and hides out. Her husband is the leader of the oldest black gang in Boston, and her son is the leader of the competing young gang. They want to kill each other.

The photo's show the senator engaging in 'inappropiate' behavior with the child, while the father looks on; (this is her husband and her child), the two black gang leaders (ug.)

The most powerful senator hires a PI to 'get' the documents back with no questions asked.

Jul 27, 2017

This is the first book I have read written by Dennis Lehane. It was difficult to read at first due to the racial tensions and constant debate between whites and blacks. Even though it was written in 2000, I felt the story more applicable to the 1980s. There were a lot of twists in the story which left me waiting for the next shocker. I have started to read the second book in the series and am already hooked.

Dec 18, 2016

(The first book in the Kenzie and Gennaro series)

Jun 01, 2015

Fairly readable if you're astute enough to see a few pages of two-bit writer pontification coming and thumb past it. Lehane managed to fill about 75-100 of the 350 pages with his match-stick chewing philosophy about racial hatred, politics, love, child abuse and drugs. But it's somewhat readable because it has a plot, dialogue, characters and a setting in Boston.

Nov 01, 2014

An excellent story with a gritty undercurrent. I enjoyed the relationship and banter between Kenzie and his partner Gennaro. The plot has a horrible core, though, so be prepared for being revolted.

Sep 10, 2013

Dennis Lehane never lets you down. In each novel he creates very dark but confident, don't-mess-with-me main characters you wouldn't like to meet alone in the night. And this makes them so amazingly interesting. After all none of his characters seems empty but to be full of twists. This time Lehane 'dares' to write about racism - from both white and black people - in Boston. A well written page turner.

Vincent T Lombardo Apr 02, 2013

Dennis Lehane is much more than a mystery writer; he goes beyond just telling a good, suspenseful story. This novel deals with race, class, politics, power, families, and the thin line between love and hate. It is an entertaining page turner, but it is also raw, emotional, dark, and disturbing. This book made me cringe, it made me think -- and it made me laugh. So far, I have read three of his novels, and I intend to read them all.

Mar 01, 2012

A Drink Before the War ---- by Dennis Lehane c - 1994/read 2003 pbk. ---- A Friend suggested this book ---- The story is Rough, Tragic and Mildly Funny. ---- 3 Stars ---- Enjoy ---- Richardpaul

CannyGranny79 Nov 10, 2011

As good a noir as anyone could wish.

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