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Darkness, Take My Hand (1996): Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley of Harvard Yard, I Shall Fear No Evil

Dennis Lehane, Darkness, Take My Hand (Avon, 1996)

[originally posted 16May2001]

A hooded man walks up a snowy street on the mass market paperback cover for the book.

Ah, mass market paperbacks. Now in lurid blood-red!
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So after hearing many wonderful things about Lehane, I cracked the cover on my first experience with him Friday night. I finished it Sunday afternoon, exhausted. This is a seriously good book.

Lehane brings back the detective team from his first novel, and as with most serials, there is baggage afoot, but none of it detracted from enjoying this tale. The pages whip by as Patrick and Angela find themselves looking for someone or someones stalking the son of a friend of a friend; things get complicated when the person who tipped the FOAF that her son was in danger turns up dead.

Also as with all serials, most everything gets wrapped up at the end, with a few exceptions that are no doubt left for the next book in the series to take up. No complaints, though; after twenty-five years of Robert Parker novels, mystery fans should be used to it by now. *** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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