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.
'Contains the most tense and serpentine interrogation scenes outside of John Le Carre' -
'Taut, twisty, packed with all-too believable characters and rattles along at breakneck speed.' Woman and Home
This is the case she imagined. Precision-cut and savage, lithe and momentous.
Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder squad, but only just. She's partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that's going well - but the rest of her working life isn't. Antoinette doesn't play well with others, and there's a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her. She and Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a slam-dunk lovers' tiff. All she and her partner have to do is track down Lover Boy and bring him in. Then it'll be back to business as usual, watching from a distance as the real detectives go up against the psychopaths. Except when Antoinette 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.
To say that Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer. - Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
One of the best crime writers working today, Tana French . . . I can do you no greater favour in life than recommending that you read her books. - Guardian.com
The narrator this time is the wonderfully foul-mouthed, bad-tempered detective Antoinette Conway. And her narrative voice proves to be just as entertaining as I'd hoped, with a wonderfully salty and sometimes cruel sense of humour . . . At last it looks like a police procedural series from this side of the Atlantic can rival the best of the Americans. - Sunday Express
Its single voice is brilliantly sustained over 450 pages, 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
A gnarly, absorbing read, and a finely tuned slice of wintry gloom from one the best thriller writers we have. - Observer
French and The Trespasser merit all the praise we can heap on them. If 2016 has a better crime thriller to offer, I've not yet read it. - New Books Magazine
THE TRESPASSER contains the most tense and serpentine interrogation scenes outside of John Le Carre . .
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