When Lionel McCready and his wife Beatrice approaches Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro in order to find their missing niece, the two private detectives are skeptical about the value they can bring to the table. After all, the entire police department along with the locals – both citizens and media – are leaving no stones unturned to find the barely five year old girl who went missing from her bed inside her home. But Angela is moved by a persistent aunt and the two private eyes embark on the quest. But their search for truth uncovers the dark side of the neighborhood.
Dennis Lehane is the author of this book which is the fourth in Kenzie-Gennaro series. The story is set in Boston like his earlier books and the victim belongs to the lower strata of the society. Like his earlier works, the starting premise is simple. But it gets complicated as the story progresses. The novel stands out on two accounts. The first questions the responsibility of parents and touches upon what makes them good or bad. The second is confusion of the main protagonist on the definition of “what is right?”. The second aspect comes out during the ending pages of the book touching the reader emotionally.
If you are looking for a thriller, this is recommended. But be ready to be shocked.