Before Dennis Lehane wrote Mystic River
, the basis for Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film, he wrote four detective thrillers about blue-collar private eyes Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, a sort of shanty Nick and Nora Charles. Ben Affleck's directing debut is an adaptation of the fourth and best of the series.
Little Amanda McCready (Madeline O'Brien) has vanished from her own bedroom in Dorchester, a poor but tight-knit, working-class Irish-American neighborhood. Her mother, Helene (Amy Ryan), is distraught, the community is up in arms, and the police and news media are all over the case. But three days after Amanda's disappearance, the cops ha...