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, but gradually they realise there's more going on: someone on their own squad is trying to push them towards the obvious solution, away from nagging questions.
They have to work out whether this is just an escalation in the drive to get rid of her - or whether there's something deeper and darker going on.
©2016 Tana French (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Kildonan by the sea
Tana French is on fire, this is a book driven by character and inner struggles, suppositions that kill, assumptions that destroy, preset ideas that derail entire lives; plot is secondary to feelings and character to dialog and atmosphere.
Four Hundred and eighty pages devoured in two days, and now I will have a hard time finding a book as interesting and absorbing as this.
Antoinette Conway the hard woman of irish detectives is such a breath of fresh air, she takes no prisoners and expects no mercy, but she is human like few characters are.
Loved this book, it is intricate and moves fast through all the gear changes and psychological wars, to snare to capture the prey that always hides in denial of their crime, and it does it all without fetishist or sadomasochistic murders, or cardboard victims, it builds real interesting people that could live next door or at least in Dublin.
If you prefer your detective stories without sadistic killing described in graphic detail then this is a good choice.
The whole story takes place over a week although you feel like you've been in the head of Antonette, the Detective In charge of the murder of a young woman for much longer.
She's not very likeable and the Dublin accent can jar but there are twists enough to keep you listening right to the end.
Absolutely superb writing from Tana French. I was a little disappointed by The Secret Place, but this is French back at the top of her game. Conway and Moran make a superb team- the fractious murder squad is painted brilliantly, with a beguiling murder at the heart of the story. French doesn't put a foot wrong.
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Love Tana French's books, and that they are set in Dublin/Ireland adds to that. Hilda Fay's narration is excellent.
"A personal disclosure."
The amazingly gifted Tana French draws you into a fantasy world, and since that is what the book is about, in a way it is a (very) partial autobiography. I am mesmerised.
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