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Lehane, Dennis. DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND. New York City, NY: William Morrow And Company, Inc. , 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 336 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The second title in the "Patrick Kenzie/Angela Gennaro" Series, childhood friends who work together as private investigators. "Explores horror close to home. Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro agree to help psychiatrist Diandra Warren. Her patient, using the name Moira Kenzie, has said she was abused by Kevin Hurlihy, a sociopathic Irish Mafia henchman who grew up in Angie and Patrick's neighborhood. Hurlihy may have threatened the doctor, who fears that her son, Jason, may be in danger. While Patrick and Angela shadow Jason, another former neighbor, Kara Rider, is found crucified. Sensing a connection, Patrick seeks out a retired cop-turned-saloonkeeper who recalls a hushed-up crucifixion murder in the neighborhood 20 years ago. By the time Patrick and Angie realize how the murders relate to their own youth, they are the next targets. The showdown is unpredictable, the story is densely peopled with multi-dimensional characters, there are no forgettable, walk-on roles on Lehane's stage. Lehane's voice, original, haunting, and straight from the heart, places him among the top ranks of stylists who enrich the modern mystery novel" (Publishers Weekly). His devoted readers, who take their crime fiction seriously, have called Dennis Lehane the new Dashiell Hammett, that is to say, the most remarkable thriller-genre writer of our time. A "must-have" title for Dennis Lehane collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Dennis Lehane. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DENNIS LEHANE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0688143806. $150.00

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