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Small Mercies: A Detective Mystery (original 2023; edition 2023)

by Dennis Lehane (Author)

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"One night Mary Pat's teenage daughter Jules stays out late and doesn't come home. That same evening, a young Black man is found dead, struck by a subway train under mysterious circumstances. The two events seem unconnected. But Mary Pat, propelled by a desperate search for her missing daughter, begins turning over stones best left untouched--asking questions that bother Marty Butler, chieftain of the Irish mob, and the men who work for him, men who don't take kindly to any threat to their business"--… (more)
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Title:Small Mercies: A Detective Mystery
Authors:Dennis Lehane (Author)
Info:Harper (2023), 320 pages
Collections:Your library, Audiobooks
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Boston, busing, 1970s, crime, murder, racism

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Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane (2023)

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This was another Lehane that made me think a lot. Please don't get me wrong, I am against any form of racism, but the way the solutions were implemented in Boston to bring about mixing was doomed to failure in my eyes. How is this supposed to work when children are bussed across the city to attend a school where there are mixed races? The question that should have been asked is how to mix neighbourhoods so that different ethnicities can live together and the school would also be mixed. This is hardly possible in America because rich parents send their children to private schools and the public schools (as it seems here in Switzerland) do not have the best reputation.
The second focus is drug dealing and consumption. How easy it is as an Irish population that is against the mixing of the races, but big in the drugs business, to blame all misdeeds on the weak population. They are often supported/covered up by the 'white' police.
Sometimes I felt really sick while reading, with so much injustice. And I ask myself, when I look at today's American politics from a distance, why after so many years the USA has somehow still not come up with a solution to racism. ( )
  Ameise1 | Mar 24, 2024 |
I read three Dennis Lehane novels pre-library thing (pre 2009): Mystic River, Prayers for Rain, and Sacred. I didn't recall the books thus gave them two stars. Librarything average rating is upper three, low four. Planning on re-reading them I saw Small Mercies had a solid 4.25 average rating. I gave it a shot, and glad I did. Very violent book and well done.
525 members; 4.25 average rating; 2/2/2024 ( )
  mainrun | Feb 13, 2024 |
Mother turned vigilante in the lead up to forced busing. Pretty weird scenario. ( )
  ghefferon | Jan 30, 2024 |
The story takes us to Boston and back nearly a half a century. In 1974, when the court ordered school busing, protests erupted throughout many of the white neighborhoods of some previously very segregated cities.... which it seems Boston to have been one of them. Mary Pat Fennessy was a hard-working white woman, the daughter of Irish immigrants, who was trying to keep ahead of the bill collectors. Her relationship with her teenage daughter, Jules, was close, but also trying. She suspected that Jules was keeping secrets. Then one night Jules doesn’t come home, and of course Mary Pat is frantic. The next day at Meadow Lane Manor, a retirement home for the elderly where Mary Pat works as an aide, she learns that the son of Dreamy Williamson, one of her few black co-workers, had died in, what the police are calling, a "mysterious subway incident" that same night. Mary Pat doesn’t really know Dreamy all that well, but she likes her, and is sorry for her loss. It now seems that they have a lot in common...they both have lost children, however they're responses to this event are very different, and... they experience entirely different levels of support from their two communities. Soon they come to learn that these seemingly separate losses; a death and a disappearance...have a connection that neither of them could have ever anticipated. The story mostly focuses on Mary Pat, showing her to be a loving mother and a decent person, but sharing the prejudices of her white, Irish neighborhood toward the people they feel are encroaching on their turf. It’s a hot summer, and tensions are escalating with threats of violence at a fever pitch. Mary Pat keeps trying to find out what happened to Jules and why her, no matter where or what the truth may be. What she discovers is how much she DIDN'T know about her daughter...her neighborhood, and who really has the power and the authority and how long it has gone unchallenged. In spite of their differences and their different circumstances, both mothers are willing to risk everything to learn the truth. It's a good story that will produce a bit of soul-searching. ( )
  Carol420 | Jan 24, 2024 |
I stopped reading this midway through. It's just one stereotypical character after another. Sad to see an author so talented tap out. ( )
  Kalapana | Jan 22, 2024 |
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"One night Mary Pat's teenage daughter Jules stays out late and doesn't come home. That same evening, a young Black man is found dead, struck by a subway train under mysterious circumstances. The two events seem unconnected. But Mary Pat, propelled by a desperate search for her missing daughter, begins turning over stones best left untouched--asking questions that bother Marty Butler, chieftain of the Irish mob, and the men who work for him, men who don't take kindly to any threat to their business"--

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Sommaren 1974 eldar värmeböljan på rashatet som redan kokar i den irländskdominerade slumförorten Southie där den ensamstående mamman Mary Pat levt hela sitt liv.

Samma natt som hennes tonårsdotter inte kommer hem efter en fest hittas en ung svart man död, påkörd av tunnelbanan. De två händelserna verkar inte sammankopplade, men Mary Pat, som desperat söker efter sin försvunna dotter, börjar vända på stenar som den irländska maffian hellre skulle se orörda.

Beväpnad med inget mer än sin fallfärdiga Range Rover och en mors förtvivlade önskan om att till sist göra rätt skyr hon inga medel i jakten på sanningen.

Hatets hjärta är en brutal skildring av kriminalitet och makt i den amerikanska rasismens hjärta. Det är en uppslukande thriller om hämnd, lojaliteter, desperation och uppror, som utspelar sig under en av Bostons mest tumultartade epoker. Fylld av gripande karaktärer lämnar den ingen oberörd.

Dennis Lehane fick sitt stora genombrott med Mystic River och Shutter Island och har sedan dess skrivit ytterligare en handfull kriminalromaner som blivit såväl internationella bestsellers som storfilmer, exempelvis The Drop och Live By Night. Han har även skrivit manus till The Wire, skrivit och producerat Boardwalk Empire och Bloodline samt producerat serie-adaptationen av Stephen Kings The Outsider. Han undervisar i kreativt skrivande på Harvard och är själv uppvuxen i Boston med irländsk härkomst. Just nu arbetar han med att utveckla en ny serie för Apple TV+.
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Drogue dans South Boston,
ses 2 enfants en sont morts,
vengeance implacable
(Tiercelin)

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