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, uncovering a web of corruption 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 Lehane'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.
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"Hip, and with a plot in overdrive, relentlessly violent and cathartic" ( Time Out)
"Truly excellent" ( Daily Telegraph)
The first in Lehane's electrifying crime series featuring the duo Kenzie and Gennaro
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Book Description Harcourt Brace & Company, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. First Edition - First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. VOS. First edition, first printing. A very fine and unread copy in a very fine dust jacket, now in a clear removable protective cover. Bubble wrapped and shipped in a well padded, sturdy box, not an envelope. Free delivery confirmation with domestic orders. Lehane's first book, a Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro crime novel, is ".Smart, hip, and moving." notes James W. Hall, and, says John Dufresne, ".Christ, Lehane writes beautiful sentences! His gritty and distrubing first novel is that rare thing - a tale of frenzied and relentlesss violence told with grace and intelligence.". All the praise bestowed on this first novel has been borne out, considering his subsequent career successes. Bookseller Inventory # 010359
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Book Description Harcourt, 1994. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 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. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_015100093X
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Book Description Harcourt, U.S.A., 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. SIGNED BY AUTHOR! Stated First Edition, First Printing, (ABCDE denotes First print) (Harcourt and Brace, 1994) Signed in my presence at the Dallas Museum of Art on 4-7-15. Photo and copy of ticket included.**UNREAD** Signed on the full title page, author's name only. 1/4 black cloth over green boards are brilliant! As New, sharp corners. Spine is As New, with bright green metallic lettering. Pages are perfect. Dust Jacket is As New, Price intact. Protected in a clear archival cover! A Great Book! A great collectible! **As a Collector myself, I take personal pride in accurate, honest descriptions and grading. I always carefully ship in well padded boxes, and always smoke-free!**. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # HB5177