Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane, is a multi-layered story about disfunctional families, missing children, corrupt police, and a husband wife private investigator team trying to put their life back together following a case gone bad.
Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are contacted by the aunt and uncle of the missing four year old girl. The girl was left alone by her drug and alcohol addicted mother.
Kenzie and Gennaro do not want to be involved with a child abduction case and the emotional turmoil surrounding it. The aunt and uncle continue to pressure them until they accept the case.
This is a well told, compelling story filled with realistic well defined characters.
This book touched me most strongly on the issue of child safety. As I have gotten older, I've noticed the openness and trust of little kids. The total love and devotion they give their parents, they deserve the protection of all of us. Children are society's most precious resource.
Finally, a note to Dennis Lehane. You are an excellent novelist. I know you are making a lot of money writing for TV, but please get back to books. Thanks.