I was expecting more from Dennis Lehane, but I suppose for a first novel it’s good enough. A little more cheesy and hard-boiled than I would have liked, and the story itself had little to keep my interest. Still, it moved quickly enough to keep it going.
Issues of race and family are addressed in a heavy-handed sort of manner, very black and white (no pun intended) in the sense that the good guys are enlightened and the bad guys are all racists. The bad guys molest children and the good guys fight for the little guy for no reason.
Can’t say I recommend this book, there are far better things to read, but I’m interested in the later books in the series so I’ll keep going with them.
Rating: 2 out of 5