You can beat one killer. Beating your own squad is a whole other thing.
This is the case that will make Detective Antoinette Conway's murder squad career. Or break it.
A searing novel of psychological suspense from multi-award-winning author Tana French
The case that will make Detective Antoinette Conway's murder squad career. Or break it.
There's the murder squad you set your sights on, back at the beginning of your career: the one where you're playing knife-edge mind-games with psychopathic geniuses. And there's the one you actually work on. The night shifts. The vicious pranks that go too far. Sifting the dregs for the case that might just be special.
Tonight's case isn't it. Uniforms call it in as a slam-dunk domestic. Except when Conway takes a good look at the victim's face, she realises she's seen her somewhere before. And she knows there's a different answer. And it takes her breath away.
This is the case she imagined. Precision-cut and savage, lithe and momentous.
French trammels the passions and drives and dark forces of the case, and renders them in vivid, surging prose: this is her gift ... [And yet] when I have only 100 pages to go it isn't nearly enough. I just want to stay in this world with these characters for as long as possible — Declan Hughes, Irish Times
Another gripping tale, beautifully told, by a woman at the top of her game — Sunday Independent
Story-telling at the highest level, packed with sparky dialogue and a feisty heroine who rises above her difficult background and challenging work environment in order to seek the truth — Irish Independent
A tour de force ... [Tana French] has become required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting — The New York Times
Most crime fiction is diverting; French's is consuming ... [Other literary] detectives investigate crimes, but French's pursue mysteries, the kind that can never be completely solved, although we all spend a life's worth of days in the trying — The New Yorker
A gnarly, absorbing read, and a finely tuned slice of wintry gloom from one of the best thriller writers we have — The Guardian