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Broken Harbour: Dublin Murder Squad 4

Tana French

16 Reviews

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Dublin Murder Squad, Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

A searing psychological crime novel from the international bestseller Tana French.

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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Praise for Broken Harbour: Dublin Murder Squad 4

  • Poignant, compelling, beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric. - Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of STAY CLOSE

  • A complex, well crafted psychological thriller as well as an exemplary dissection of the plight of the disappointed and desperate human wreckage washed up in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland . . . A hugely impressive and intelligent book . . . It confirms French as the First Lady of Irish Crime. - Irish Independent

  • A tale about the different facets of obsession and insanity . . . The best yet of French's four excellent thrillers, it leaves its readers "throat-deep in terror" . . . enticing, threatening, atmospheric prose - Observer

  • A gripping story in an atmospheric setting by an author who knows how to grab a reader's interest and never let it go. - Jessica Mann, Literary Review

  • An emotionally jolting story of love, obsession and madness is played out to incredible effect. Since her first novel, In the Woods, was larded with awards in 2007, French has garnered a huge legion of fans and they will be thrilled with this, her fourth and possibly best novel. - Carla McKay, Daily Mail

  • Poignant, compelling, beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric. - Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of STAY CLOSE

  • A complex, well crafted psychological thriller as well as an exemplary diss

  • I've been enthusiastically telling everyone who will listen to read Tana French. She is, without a doubt, my favorite new mystery writer. Her novels are poignant, compelling, beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric. Just start reading the first page. You'll see what I mean. - Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of STAY CLOSE

  • With Broken Harbour, Tana French should cement her name not only as the queen of Irish crime fiction but the queen of Irish fiction. Broken Harbour sucks you into its murky depths that any good novel - cr

  • Broken Harbour is a complex, well crafted psychological thriller as well as an exemplary dissection of the plight of the disappointed and desperate human wreckage washed up in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. As always, French's carefully wrought but seemingly effortless prose is a delight. A hugely impressive and intelligent book, with writing to savour. It confirms French as the First Lady of Irish Crime. - Irish Independent

  • 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. - New York Times

  • 'Every holiday needs a good crime novel and French's skilful thrillers are tailor-made to terrify' - Guardian

  • Praise for FAITHFUL PLACE:

  • Observer Thriller of the Month: 'Enticing, threatening, atmospheric prose' . . . Broken Harbour is a tale about the different facets of obsession and insanity, and it winds up to a finale that is almost too distressing. The best yet of French's four excellent thrillers, it leaves its readers - just like the Spains - "throat-deep in terror"' - Observer

  • 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. - Evening Herald (Dublin)

  • Praise for Faithful Place: 'It is a remarkable achievement.' - The Canberra Times

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Tana French

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She is the author of In the Woods (winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel), The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour (winner of the LA Times prize for Best Mystery/Thriller) and The Secret Place. She lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. She keeps a website at www.tanafrench.com