A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane

A Drink Before the War

By Dennis Lehane

  • Release Date: 2010-07-27
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 359 Ratings


The mesmerizing, darkly original novel that heralded the arrival of now New York Times bestselling author 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.


  • Fast paced and compelling

    By Hdahgacceggfghjfdgjgshjf
    I found the books pacing to be engaging. I thought the characters were fairly believable. I liked the plot and how it unraveled. A good quick read.
  • Made Me

    By AtomicCoug
    think a little
  • Excellent characters.

    By NancyZF
    Liked the complexity of the plot .
  • Was a recommendation...

    By Kelli_ud
    ... and I LOVED IT! Hard to put down. Witty characters and thought provoking content.
  • Great read

    By Thomas Dock
    Best book I’ve read yet!
  • Racist novel

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    Every other page was racist and about race. The author seems to hate black people
  • A Drink Before the War

    By Abro99
    Good read
  • Very good

    By Reader811
    I've read all of Lehane's books and enjoyed them all. I heartily recommend this mystery for it's good plot, good writing and good chacterization
  • Catch up before the next one comes out

    By Big Bub
    I began reading Lehane's books about PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro after reading his excellent novel "Mystic River." I found both characters to be engaging and the plots to be rock solid detective novels. After reading all of them, I have been waiting for him to write another, and my wait will be over on November 2, 2010, when "Moonlight Mile" is released. In case you didn't know or remember, one of their books was adapted by Ben Affleck (a fan of these novels as well) as the terrific film "Gone, Baby, Gone."