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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446465837
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
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A Drink Before The War




The first in Lehane’s electrifying crime series featuring the duo Kenzie and Gennaro.

Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are tough private investigators who know the blue-collar neighbourhoods and ghettos of Boston's Dorchester section as only natives can. Working out of an old church belfry, Kenzie and Gennaro take on a seemingly simple assignment for a prominent politician: to uncover the whereabouts of Jenna Angeline, a black cleaning woman who has allegedly stolen confidential Statehouse documents.
But finding Jenna proves easy compared to staying alive. The investigation escalates, implicating members of Jenna's family and rival gang leaders, while uncovering extortion, assassination and child prostitution extending from bombed-out ghetto streets to the highest levels of state government.
With slick, hip dialogue and a lyrical narrative pocked by explosions of violence, A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR confronts a city in which institutionalized bigotry and corruption are often the norm, and the true nature of 'racial incidents' is rarely clear. Dennis Lehan's remarkable debut is at once a pulsating crime thriller and a mirror of our world, one in which the worst human horrors are found closest to home, and the most vicious obscenities are committed in the name of love.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446465837
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston's inner-city.

Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a counsellor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. His one regret is that no one ever gave him a chance to tend bar.

He has an MFA from Florida International University, and is the writer-in-residence at Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida, where he runs the Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference.

He and his wife divide their time between St. Petersburg and Boston.

For more information on Dennis Lehane and his novels, visit his website: www.dennislehanebooks.com

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Praise for A Drink Before The War

“'Hip, and with a plot in overdrive, relentlessly violent and cathartic'”

Time Out

“'Truly excellent'”

Daily Telegraph


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