By Dennis Lehane
As richly advanced and brutal because the terrain it depicts, this is the spell binding, darkly unique novel that heralded the coming of Dennis Lehane, the grasp of the recent noir -- and brought Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his clever and difficult deepest investigators weaned at the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.
A cabal of strong Boston politicians is prepared to pay Kenzie and Gennaro colossal cash for a doubtless small task: to discover the lacking cleansing girl who stole a few mystery files. As Kenzie and Gennaro examine, notwithstanding, this crime is not any traditional robbery. It's approximately justice. approximately correct and incorrect. yet in Boston, discovering the reality isn't only a soiled company ... it's lethal.
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One is forced to set it aside as well i n respo nse to the ma ny dema nds of the day ; o ne gives o neself over to seco ndary tasks, so me of which req uire not weeks, b ut mo nths, a nd, wo uld n't you k now, o ne is the n req uired to i nsert still other s maller i mprovisatio ns, with o ut ever losing sight of o ne's larger a nd still larger concer ns. B ut the res ult is that bit by bit o ne co mes to bear o n o ne's sho ulders a nd i n o ne's mi nd the entire b urde n, the weight of every task a nd co nc ur re nt task.
For America, too, I wrote an i ntroduction to a n abridged New York editio n o f my essay o n Schope nhauer, the thi nker who made s uch a deep i mpressio n o n me in my yo uth. It can be fo und today i n the collectio n Essays of Three Decades. My two essays o n Fre ud, the seco nd give n as a lecture i n Vie nna to co mme morate the great researcher's eightieth birthday, likewise co me fro m those years of movi ng back a nd forth betwee n E urope a nd the New World, as does my seco nd Wag ner lect ure o n the Ring of the Nibelung, which I was asked to deliver at the U niversity of Zurich for a prod uctio n of the e ntire colossal work-all of the m i nterpola tio ns i nto the work o n my Goethe novel, which i n t ur n was an i nter polation i nto my chief epic e nterprise, the stories ofjoseph.
I have told the sto ry of this chaotic epoch in my life elsewhere. For my work o nJoseph it mea nt an i nterrup tio n of several mo nths. A brave daughter, who risked a retur n to o ur now co nfis cated ho use i n M unich , fo und the ma nuscript left behind there a nd bro ugh t i t to the so uth of Fra nce. Slowly, despi te disjointed , provi sio nal circ umstances , I was able to res ume work o n the e nterprise tha t was the sole g uarantee of co nti nuity i n my life. Despite freq ue nt a nd so meti mes lo ng i nterr uptio ns , my labor o n Joseph in Egypt came to a n e nd at Kus nach t o n the Lake of Zurich, to which we had moved i n the fall of 1933 , a nd the book was p ublished i n 193 6 i n Vie nna, the te mpora ry refuge of the Berl i n p ublishi ng ho use with which I was under co ntrac t.