Beware of spoilers.
A four year old little girl, Amanda McCready, is kidnapped and P.Is Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired by the child's uncle and aunt to find her. Her negligent mother, Helene, claims she put her daughter to bed and went next door to watch television with a friend, the next morning, she discovers her daughter is gone. What she fails to mention is the trip to a bar and getting stoned while she was out. This is just the latest in a long string of abhorrent events in the little girls life. A week before her kidnapping, Amanda was left sleeping on the beach while the mom went out shopping with her friend. Helene, tired of the little girls crying, finally took her to her brother to deal with her saying she was being "a bitch". The little girls uncle, seeing his niece's face and back, promptly took her to the hospital and was told Amanda was just short of having third degree burns from being left in the sun too long without sunscreen. The poor 4 year old could do nothing but cry from the pain. Patrick and Angela, knowing all of this, must now ask themselves, when they find her, will they admit to it and give the girl back to her mom, who she legally belongs to? Or, do they follow their conscience and save the girls life?
It's not an easy choice, and Lehane tackles it with the brutality that seems to encompass his stories. His is not an easy world.
Devin reached into his pocket and removed a cell phone, dialed 411. When the operator answered, he said, "West Beckett Sheriff's office, please." He repeated the number under his breath as she gave it to him, then punched the numbers into his cell phone keypad.
Before he could press send, Angie put a hand on his wrist. "What are you doing, Devin?"
"What are you doing, Ange?" he looked at her hand.
"You're going to arrest them?"
He looked up at the house, then back at her and scowled. "Yes, Angie, I'm going to arrest them."
He pulled his hand away from her. "Oh, yes, I can."
"No. She's --" Angie pointed through the trees. "Haven't you been watching? They're good for her. They're...Christ, Devin, they love her."
"They kidnapped her, " he said. "Were you awake for that part?"
"Devin, no. She's..." Angie lowered her head for a moment. "If we arrest them, they'll give Amanda back to Helene. She'll suck the life out of her."
Also, in case you are interested, I've discovered a movie was once made based on Gone, Baby, Gone IMDB
Should be interesting.
Gone, Baby, Gone