Broken Harbour

Broken Harbour : Dublin Murder Squad: 4. Winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction Book of the Year

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 35mm | 366g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340977655
  • 9780340977651
  • 19,640

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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 * 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 * 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 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 * Poignant, compelling, beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric. * Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of STAY CLOSE *
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About Tana French

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. Her first novel, In the Woods, was published in 2007: it won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel and the IVCA Clarion Award for Best Fiction. In the Woods and her other two novels, The Likeness and Faithful Place, were all New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter. Visit Tana's website at
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Rating details

58,313 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 27% (15,651)
4 46% (26,553)
3 22% (13,108)
2 4% (2,380)
1 1% (621)

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Improbable main character who addresses everyone as "old son" every 10 lines - not just farcical, but overwhelmingly monotonous. Carry-on quoting endless email posts about rodents can also be skimmed. 100 pages shorter would have been a decent light weight detective more
by Catherine Spence
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