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Publisher's Summary

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro—brilliantly showcasing the unique voice and dark, exhilarating vision of a crime fiction phenomenon.
©1994 Dennis Lehane (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By L. O. Pardue on 11-23-11

Great beginning to thriller series

First of all, I love Dennis Lehane's books "Shutter Island" and "Mystic River". I did not previously know about the private detective series he wrote centering around Kenzie & Gennaro. The city of Boston (working class section) is almost the third character in the story. I really loved both main characters and worried about them throughout the story -- and believe me, it got scary at times. I look forward to reading all of these books in order. So glad that you can count on Audible to carry the full series. Jonathan Davis did a really good job narrating. He was an excellent choice for how I imagined the voice of Kenzie. Read this series in order, but start soon. My time was well spent listening to this audiobook.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sandeep Mehta on 10-11-15

Decent start of this series

What did you like best about A Drink Before the War? What did you like least?

There was a freshness in the earlier books of this series, including "A Drink Before The War". Lehane wasn't so politically correct and it gave the books a sense of jeapordy and "anything can happen, anyone can be wrong".

Would you be willing to try another book from Dennis Lehane? Why or why not?

No. Lehane steadily increases his injection of liberal politics with each successive book...to the point of absurdity and caricature. It becomes very condescending. Essentially, "A Drink Before The War" and "Gone Baby Gone" are the two best books in the series. The rest are just sub-par fillers.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This performer is AMAZING...until the last book of this series. For the earlier books, he has this cool, soothing, and strong voice...with only the slightest hint of an accent during the narration. It's the best vocal performance I've ever heard in audio books. Unfortunately, in the last book of this series...he bizzarely decides to thicken the Boston accent of the narrator. This sounds awful and needlessly pedestrian. In that last book, he's a pain to listen to.

Could you see A Drink Before the War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. The gang culture & dynamics depicted in this book were a stretch...even for the time period it was written in. Now, anyone who even vaguely knows anything about the hood and trap would laugh at how juvenile and dated the depiction is.

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