Thursday, 27 January 2011
Up For Grabs; Lehane's Moonlight Mile
Those nice peeps at Little, Brown sent me a copy of Dennis Lehane’s new book Moonlight Mile. See me with the fast, happy handclaps.
I first came across The Man after watching Eastwood’s (that would be Clint, in case you are having trouble keeping up) take on Mystic River. I liked the movie so much I read the book. I liked the book so much I read anything by Lehane I could get my hands on.
But don’t take my word for just how good Dennis Lehane is. Here are some quotes from other like-minded peeps...
“THE WELL-OILED PLOT MECHANICS, EDGE-OF-THE-KNIFE DIALOGUE AND EXPLOSIVE BURSTS OF VIOLENCE ARE POLISHED AND PRIMED IN THIS HARD-BOILED SHOCKER.”
-The New York Times Book Review
“IN THE MISERABLY HOT SUMMER OF 1999...THE SUPERB DETECTIVE NOVELS OF DENNIS LEHANE--BECAME A KIND OF LIFELINE FOR ME.”
“AN ANSWERED PRAYER FOR A SUMMER MYSTERY READER...DENNIS LEHANE SHOWS A GIFT FOR STRINGING OUT SCENES AND CREATING TENSION—SEXUAL, HOMICIDAL, YOU NAME IT—THAT MAKES A READER EAGER TO FIND OUT WHAT COMES NEXT AS KENZIE PUZZLES HIS WAY TOWARD A SADISTIC KILLER. BUT DON'T RACE AHEAD AND CHEAT YOURSELF OUT OF THE LOCAL PLEASURES.”
-People Magazine (Beach Read of the Week)
“DENNIS LEHANE DELIVERS A COMBINATION OF HIGH-ENERGY THRILLS AND DEAD-ON PORTRAYALS OF KILLERS AND OTHER BAD PEOPLE.”
“LEHANE IS A MASTER AT BALANCING THRILLER GIMMICKS WITH WONDERFULLY ROUND CHARACTERS. THE LATTER MAKE THIS AN A-PLUS NOVEL—THE PLUS IS FOR THRILLS.”
The blurb for “Moodlight Mile” reads thusly...
Sixteen-year-old Amanda McCready has disappeared. Her anxious aunt contacts Patrick Kenzie to investigate. It is not the first time she has gone missing, as Patrick well knows - he was the investigator who worked on her case when she was kidnapped before, as a four-year-old.
But this is not a simple case of a runaway girl. In fact, nothing in Amanda's life has been simple: brought up by the world's worst mother, neglected throughout her childhood, she has nonetheless blossomed into a formidably intelligent young woman. A young woman so bright that she can seemingly out-think and out-manoeuvre anyone...
For Patrick, the case leads him down Boston's darkest, most dangerous streets and into a world of shocking secrets that will threaten not only Amanda's life, but also his own and that of his partner Angie Gennaro.
So there you go. And why have you not bought one already? Oh, right, you read FREE BOOK into the title and wondered where I was going with it?
Anywho, those nice peeps at Little, Brown forgot they sent me copy#1 and sent me another. So I thought I would offer it up for my bloggy pals here on May Contain Nuts.
To win all you need to do is leave me a message that makes me smile. The one that ranks highest in the smile-o-meter gets the book.
Nice ‘n simples.
So talk to me already...