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Broken Harbor (Hardcover)

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For those of you who fell in love with Tana French's writing while reading In The Woods you are going to love Broken Harbor (late July release, no idea if we'll get signed copies but if we do, we'll let you know).

Michael "Scorcher" Kennedy, detective in the Murder Squad, lands a big-deal case: two kids and dad murdered, mom hanging on by a thread, down in a newly planned community called Brianstown, formerly known as Broken Harbor. Granted, he's got a rookie partner, but Scorcher has the best overall solve rate in the Squad. He's got a good nose for what's what and he follows his rules until he gets his killer.

And his new partner, Richie Curran, is really working out. For once, Mike may have a partner he can really work with. Except...Richie's keeping a secret.

Then too, the immediate suspect looks really good, except...there are holes in his story, and he's awfully ready to confess.

Sure then, the holes in the walls of the slaughtered family’s home are strange, but so what? Except...what made them? Why? Does it even matter?

Well, and Mike's sister is having a bad time, which wouldn't be any big deal. Except...when Dina has a bad time, so do the folks who love her, and that can get in the way of Kennedy's investigation.

Once again, Tana French introduces us to a whole cast of characters who will immediately grab a place in your life, and they won't let go. With the deft touch and hard-edged writing she has shown from the very beginning, French proves that she isn't just a flash in the pan; Tana French is the real deal and is well on her way to becoming an powerhouse in the mystery community.

And if you loved In the Woods, you will love Broken Harbor. No exceptions.


August 2012 Indie Next List

“I keep wondering how long Tana French will be able to keep up the quality of her mesmerizing Dublin detective series, but they just keep getting better! In Broken Harbor, Mick 'Scorcher' Kennedy, the hardline murder detective who made his first appearance in Faithful Place, takes the starring role. A father and his two children are murdered and their mother is in the hospital, gravely injured. What happened in their almost abandoned luxury housing development? Ghosts of both the present and the past haunt the investigation in this atmospheric procedural.”
— Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY


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.

About the Author

Nee aux Etats-Unis et residant en Irlande, Tana French a fait des debutsfracassants en 2007 en raflant tous les prix de la litterature policiere pourson premier roman, La Mort dans les bois. Ses romans suivants, Comme deuxgouttes d eau et Les Lieux infideles, pour lequel elle a recu le prix du meilleurpolar des lecteurs de Points, ont confirme son immense talent. Elle est traduiteen 31 langues et ses livres se sont vendus a 1,5 million d exemplaires.- Encore un triomphe pour French. -The Sunday Times- Aussi brillant que Le Maitre des illusions de Donna Tartt. -The Washington Post

Praise For…

"One of the most talented crime writers alive."

-The Washington Post

“Ms. French created haunting, damaged characters who have been hit hard by some cataclysm . . . This may sound like a routine police procedural. But like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, this summer’s other dagger-sharp display of mind games, Broken Harbor is something more.”

-Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“So much of the pleasure inherent in reading these novels is in trying to figure out where things are going and being constantly surprised, not to mention thoroughly spooked. I predict Broken Harbor will be on more than one Best of 2012 lists — it’s definitely at the top of mine.”

-The Associated Press

"Broken Harbor is truly a book for, and of, our broken times. It's literature masquerading as a police procedural."

-The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“French has that procedural pro's knack for making mundane police work seem fascinating. And she's drawn not just to the who but also to the why — those bigger mysteries about the human weaknesses that drive somebody to such inhuman brutality. What really gives Broken Harbor its nerve-rattling force is her [French’s] exploration of events leading up to the murders, rendered just as vividly as the detectives' scramble to solve them."

-Entertainment Weekly, A- rating

“These four novels have instated Ms. French as one of crime fiction’s reigning grand dames — a Celtic tigress . . . It’s not the fashion in literary fiction these days to address such things as the psychological devastation that a fallout of the middle class can wreak on those who have never known anything else, and Ms. French does it with aplomb — and a headless sparrow and dozens of infrared baby monitors."

-The Washington Times

“The fourth book in Tana French’s brilliant, genre-busting series about the (fictitious) Dublin Murder Squad . . . Invoking atmosphere is one of French’s particular gifts, and in this department, Broken Harbor (the name of the town before the developers got hold of it) is a tour de force.”

-Laura Miller, Salon.com

“Ms. French has come to be regarded as one of the most distinct and exciting new voices in crime writing. She constructs her plots in a dreamlike, meandering fashion that seems at odds with genre's fixed narrative conventions. Sometimes, it's not even clear whodunit. Her novels have been translated into 31 languages, with 1.5 million copies in print . . .  Broken Harbor has the hallmarks of a standard police procedural: a cocky homicide detective with a troubled past who educates his younger partner with pat lessons; a shocking crime that seems to defy explanation; a heart-stopping twist at the end. But Ms. French undercuts expectations at every turn. The victims begin to look less like victims; the case starts to unravel and the lead detective makes compromises that could ruin him.”

-The Wall Street Journal

“Both the characters and the crime command attention, page by page.”

-New York Daily News

“French's flair for setting and its influence on characters, as well as her elegant prose, shine in Broken Harbor. The emptiness of Brianstown becomes the modern equivalent of the spooky mansion, complete with things that go bump in the night . . . French expertly shows the importance of connecting with each other, and how fragile those bonds can be.”

-South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Salon.com’s Laura Miller has this advice for anyone who has not yet read EVERY Tana French novel, 'Just go out and get them right now.'”

-NPR's Weekend Edition

“Part police procedural, part psychological thriller, all fun.”

-People ("Great Summer Reads")

“French’s eloquently slow-burning fourth Dublin murder squad novel shows her at the top of her game . . . As usual, French excels at drawing out complex character dynamics.”

-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Each of French’s novels (Faithful Place, 2010) offers wonderfully complex and fully realized characters . . . French has never been less than very good, but Broken Harbor is a spellbinder.”

-Booklist (starred review)

“A mystery that is perfectly in tune with the times . . . [French] continues to distinguish herself with this fourth novel, marked by psychological acuteness and thematic depth . . . There are complications, deliberations and a riveting resolution.”

-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780670023653
ISBN-10: 0670023655
Publisher: Viking Books
Publication Date: July 24th, 2012
Pages: 450
Language: English
Series: Dublin Murder Squad