Broken Harbor

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Viking, 2012 - Fiction - 450 pages
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The mesmerizing fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by New York Times bestselling author Tana French

Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.

On one of the half-built, half-abandoned "luxury" developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care.

At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks.

And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children.

With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.

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User Review  - AntT - LibraryThing

French puts the narrator's voice in the reader's head and it won't let go. This is the 2nd of her books I've read, and this is an author who proves that women can inhabit male characters authentically. Read full review

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User Review  - NatalieSW - LibraryThing

Just read this one; again, a really good book, as much literary novel as it is a mystery. Almost as good as work by Denise Mina, and the Irish settings make them more familiar to me. Very thought-provoking. Very well written. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theatre, film and voiceover. she is the author of Faithful Place, The Likeness, and In the Woods, which won Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for first novel. She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.

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