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Broken Harbour

Broken Harbour

‘One of the most talented crime writers alive’ Washington Post

‘I’ve been enthusiastically telling everyone who will listen to read Tana French’ Harlan Coben, author of Safe

Sometimes there is no safe place.
Nothing about the way this family lived shows why they deserved to die.
But here’s the thing about murder: ninety-nine times out of a hundred, it doesn’t break into people’s lives.
It gets there because they open the door and invite it in…

In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin – half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned – two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad’s star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once.

Scorcher’s personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent 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 Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk . . .
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 2nd July 2012

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781444743722

Reviews

Praise for Tana French
:
Every holiday needs a good crime novel and French's skilful thrillers are tailor-made to terrify
<i>Guardian</i>
A gripping, literate thriller laced with black humour
<i>Irish Times</i>
If you're only going to buy one thriller this year, let it be Tana French's Faithful Place. Searing, utterly Dub, and very funny . . . Tana French, Dublin author of international hits . . . is a wonder. Just don't plan anything if you pick this up; you won't be able to put it down.
<i>Evening Herald</i> (Dublin)
Gripping. Tana French's third novel hooks the reader from the outset; the characters are masterfully drawn, and the author's ear for Dublin dialogue is pitch-perfect.
<i>Irish Independent</i>
The first thing that Ms. French does so well in Faithful Place is to inhabit fully a scrappy, shrewd, privately heartbroken middle-aged man. The second is to capture the Mackey family's long-brewing resentments in a way that's utterly realistic on many levels. Sibling rivalries, class conflicts, old grudges, adolescent flirtations and memories of childhood violence are all deftly embedded in this novel, as is the richly idiomatic Dublinese.
<i>New York Times</i>
'Ambitious and extraordinary'
Washington Post
'Crime fiction at its best'
InStyle magazine
'One of the most startling debuts I have seen any writer make: polished, assured, ferociously intelligent, at once very original and effortlessly engaged with the conventions of crime fiction'
Sydney Morning Herald