Broken Harbor

Broken Harbor

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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--the novel that "proves anew that [Tana French] is one of the most talented crime writers alive." (The Washington Post). Don't miss Tana French's newest novel, The Trespasser, available now

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.

Winner of Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year
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Product details

  • Paperback | 451 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143123300
  • 9780143123309
  • 151,491

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"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, New York Times bestselling author

"Broken Harbor proves anew that [Tana French] is one of the most talented crime writers alive."
--The Washington Post

"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...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 "Ms. French creates 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... she has irresistibly sly ways of toying with readers' expectations"
--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 list--it's definitely at the top of mine."
--Associated Press "a tour de force."
--Laura Miller, "In most crime novels, cood cops and decent people court tragedy by disobeying the rules of society. But the stories French tells reflect our own savage times: the real trouble starts when you play fair and do exactly as you're told."
--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "French's psychologically rich novels are so much more satisfying than your standard issue police procedural...French brilliantly evokes the isolation of a Gothic landscape out of the Brontes and transposes it to a luxury suburban development gone bust. The cause, of course, is Ireland's economic free fall -- the Celtic Tiger turned needy cub -- and, like all superior detective fiction, French's novels are as much social criticism as they are whodunit."
-Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air "French ...[is] 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 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 "Broken Harbour is a novel, of course, but it's also a's good to see contemporary literature engaging a crisis that has had such an impact on the lives of so many. This is, in fact, what good literature does. It makes us look at our world and perhaps forces us to see what we have chosen to ignore."
--Los Angeles Times
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About Tana French

Tana French is also the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, The Secret Place, and The Trespasser. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.
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Rating details

51,704 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 27% (13,774)
4 46% (23,538)
3 23% (11,661)
2 4% (2,153)
1 1% (578)
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