Yesterday evening, I caught a commercial for the movie, Gone Baby Gone featuring Morgan Freeman, Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, etc and so forth that is being directed by Ben Affleck. I had to ask myself: could this be Dennis Lehane’s Gone Baby Gone? Featuring PI detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro? I’ve been waiting very patiently for Lehane to write another book in this series that started with the wonderful, A Drink the Before War. Anyone with news on that front, please share!
My favorite of the series is Darkness Take My Hand but I can see how Gone Baby Gone would make for an interesting movie. The plot revolves around a missing kid whose mother is flaky and irresponsible to say the least. The missing child’s aunt approaches Patrick and Angie with the case but they both decline it at first. However, after much prodding, they do take the case and things go wrong from there. The story ends with a moral dilemma that threatens to tear the two protagonists apart. It’s an ending that would spark much discussion. If you’re a fan of the series then my next comment would make sense to you – I pretty much sided with Angie. What I love about Lehane is that he writes stories that are morally ambiguous with flawed characters. Nothing is ever black and white in his world. His monsters are human. I highly recommend his books. Here is the synopsis from Gone Baby Gone. Personally, I don’t think I’ll catch the film. However, I do feel a reread coming on.
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don’t want the case. But after pleas from the child’s aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything—their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives—to find a little girl lost.
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