By Tana French
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.
**Winner of the Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award, 2016 (BGE Irish Book Awards) **
This is 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 spend your day playing knife-edge mind-games with psychopathic geniuses, knowing that one wrong blink could mean the difference between victory and another dead body.
And there's the one you actually work on, when you're the squad pariah. The night shifts. The vicious jabs and the pranks that go too far. Processing scumbags and matching witness statements, sifting the dregs for the case that might get you closer to where you want to be.
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 suddenly the conviction that there's a different answer takes her breath away.
This is the case she imagined. Precision-cut and savage, lithe and momentous.
But you can beat one killer. Beating your own squad is a whole other thing.
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin and has worked mainly in theatre. Her first novel, In the Woods, was published in 2007; it won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel and the IVCA Clarion Award for Best Fiction. In the Woods and her second novel, The Likeness, were both New York Times bestsellers. Broken Harbour won the BGE Crime Fiction Book of the Year award in 2012 and the LA Times prize for best Mystery/Thriller.
She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughters.
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22 Sep 2016
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Hachette Books Ireland
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 Observer
Its single voice is brilliantly sustained . . . and the book is a clever and intriguing experiment - the default technique of the psychological thriller, first-person female narration, deployed instead in a procedural whodunit — Sunday Times
This is crime writing at its most sublime: spell-binding story-telling with a heroine to treasure in Detective Antoinette Conway ... Author Tana French's reputation has been growing steadily in recent years and she is now at her peak, as this superb novel underlines — Daily Mail
I can do you no greater favour in life than recommending that you read [Tana French's] books — Guardian.com
The puzzle can only be resolved by hard listening and smart questioning, setting traps through tone and vocabulary, in extended encounters that display French's virtuosity in the phrasing and pacing of inquisitorial dialogue. The Trespasser contains the most tense and serpentine interrogation scenes outside of John le Carré. — The Guardian
An immersive, detailed saga — Sunday Business Post