Author(s): Dennis Lehane
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 the 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.
PRAISE FOR A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR
"Harsh and chilling . . . An absolutely terrific story."-The Boston Sunday Globe
"The superb detective novels of Dennis Lehane . . . became a kind of lifeline for me."-Stephen King