A Drink Before the War



Author: Dennis Lehane

Title: A Drink Before the War

Genre: Suspense

Publication Date: 1994

Number of Pages: 267

Geographical                                                Setting:  Boston, Massachusetts

Time Period: 20th Century, present day

Series: Kenzie and Gennaro Series (#1)

 Plot Summary:  Private investigators, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, take a case for a small group of politicians looking for some missing documents stolen by a cleaning woman.  Locating the cleaning woman proves to be an easy task, but the case only escalates from there.  Soon Kenzie’s and Gennaro’s lives are in the cross-fires of vying political factions and Boston gangsters as their  investigation uncovers state secrets, extortion, and a child pornography ring.

 Subject Headings:   Private investigators Fiction, Massachusetts Boston Fiction, Family violence Fiction, Mystery Fiction

 Appeal: compelling, suspenseful, intricately plotted, strong sense of place, bleak, dangerous, dark, engaging, violent, realistic

 3 terms that best describe this book: fast-paced, gritty, psychological

 3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald, a gritty memoir of growing up in the violent neighborhood of South Boston

 The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century by Howie Carr, a compelling look at the strange, but true story of two brothers who reigned over Boston’s political and criminal underworlds during the latter half of the twentieth century

 Cold Crime: How Police Detectives Solved Alaska’s Most Sensational Cases by Tom Brennan, 13 short stories detailing some of Alaska’s most notorious crimes

3 Relevant Fiction Works

Dark Hollow John Connolly, both detective novels are psychological and suspenseful and take place in New England

 Love You More by Lisa Gardner, another intricately plotted, fast-paced thriller set in Boston, Massachusetts

 Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin, another gritty, fast-paced detective series

 Katie LaFramboise


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