Broken Harbor

Broken Harbor

A Novel

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  • ISBN 9781101583753
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Books
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A New York Times bestseller and quintessential Tana French thriller—a damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mystery—nestled in a timely examination of lives shattered by the global economic downturn.

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy plays by the book and plays hard. That’s why he’s the Dublin Murder Squad’s top detective, and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year in his hands. 

On one of the half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children have been murdered. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first, Scorcher thinks it’s going to be an easy solve, but too many small things can’t be explained: the half-dozen baby monitors pointed at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls, the files erased from the family’s computer, the story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder slipping past the house’s locks. And this neighborhood–once called Broken Harbor–holds memories for Scorcher and his troubled sister Dina: childhood memories that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control. 

Tana French’s newest novel, The Trespasser, will be published by Viking in October of 2016.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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NPR’s Weekend Edition

“Part police procedural, part psychological thriller, all fun.”  — People (“Great Summer Reads”)

“Every bit as piercingly brilliant as its predecessors . . . Readers can brace themselves for the gritty details of a typical police procedural and then sit back and savor the poetry.” — Chicago Tribune

“Tana French describes Broken Harbor, her latest thriller set in Dublin, as a ‘chain-linked’ book, because a secondary character from an earlier novel becomes ‘the narrator of the next.’ This is the world according to Mick ‘Scorcher’ Kennedy. He has his murder squad’s highest solve rate, earning him the lead in a triple family murder near the seaside at Broken Harbor. Scorcher’s narration is commanding and compelling, cynical and honest, and it’ll keep you riveted to this book. Murder is ‘a unique crime,’ says Scorcher, ‘the only one that makes us ask why’… The novel is a complex psychological procedural, following Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, through their investigation, each step punctuated with Scorcher’s teachable moments like ‘Nothing can trip you up like compassion.’”
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“French’s plotting is gripping and original, but perhaps most impressive is her facility with the psychological implications of murder. There is evil at work in this book, but it’s an evil that can be found within human nature rather than contrived to give the hero something to grapple with. Also on display is a bleak landscape of an Ireland hit particularly hard by the recession.”
The Daily Beast

“French is known for creating detectives that are as complex as the mysteries they solve.”
The, “Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview”

“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.”

“Each of French’s novels 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 (starred review)

“French’s deft psychological thriller, focusing on parallel stories of mentally ill mothers and the tragedy of depression, offers a nuanced take on family relationships that will satisfy her fans and readers of psychological thrillers and police procedurals.”
Library Journal