1974: The busing crisis has working-class Boston about to explode. As Blacks and whites prepare to square off over school de-segregation, Mary Pat Fennessy's daughter vanishes and a man's body is found at the neighborhood subway station. The author of Mystic River and Shutter Island is in terrific form in this story of hate crime and violent punishment. Mary Pat is an unforgettable, deplorable figure whose quest for vengeance changes the way she thinks about the Irish-American enclave she calls home. This superbly suspenseful mystery is a plain old terrific page-turner!
Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane