In the 1998 thriller, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro were involved in an investigation to find a missing 4-year old girl named Amanda McCready. In that case the couple risked their lives searching the worst neighborhoods surrounding Boston, MA to find the girl. Once she was found, despite Angela's reservations, the girl was returned to her unfit, neglectful mother.
Now, 12 years later Patrick and Angela have married and have a little girl of their own. Patrick receives a frantic call from Beatrice, the aunt of Amanda McCready, now age 16. The aunt claims that Amanda, a brilliant and attractive young adult has gone missing once again. Patrick is reluctant to get involved--but does. Her druggie mother Helene claims the girl is NOT missing, which only complicates matters.
Along the way as they search for Amanda, the couple and their buddy Bubba (also from previous book), have run-ins with meth dealers, mobsters and other unsavory characters. Much of this makes the story feel a bit unrealistic at times. To say much more about the story would lead to spoilers. The story ended in a manner that makes it pretty clear that this is the end of this particular series.
Having read all of LeHanes novels, except the The Given Day, which I hope to read soon, I think this author has real talent. Mystic River, Gone, Baby Gone and Shutter Island were terrific and all were made into movies. His other books were very good as well, in their own right. In my opinion, Moonlight Mile was good, but just not as good as some of his earlier works. LeHane's writing, wit and shady characters keep you interested in the story. I will still be anxious to read other books by him in the future.
RATING - 3.5/5 stars