The Trespasser

The Trespasser : Dublin Murder Squad. The gripping Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 thriller

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The masterful Richard & Judy pick, from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
Winner of the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year.

'A TRULY GREAT WRITER' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

'ONE OF THE BEST CRIME WRITERS WORKING TODAY' Guardian

You can beat one killer. Beating your own squad is a whole other thing.

Being on the Dublin Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed. Her working life is a stream of thankless cases and harassment. Antoinette is tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point.

The new case looks like a regular lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty and lying dead next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her - except that Antoinette has seen her somewhere before.

And her death won't stay neat. Other detectives want her to arrest Aislinn's boyfriend, fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the simple woman she seemed to be.

Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can't tell just how far gone she is. Is this the case that will make her career - or break it?

'ONE OF THE BEST THRILLER WRITERS WE HAVE' Observer
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 139 x 197 x 32mm | 336g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444755668
  • 9781444755664
  • 44,922

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First-rate . . . her procedural thoroughness takes her deeper and deeper into a wholly convincing portrayal of Dublin police. David Hare Guardian
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French's gripping sixth novel checks every box from prose to plotting to suspense to characterisation. I'm working my way through the Dublin Murder Squad series and they're stellar. * Big Issue * Perfect winter reading. Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series are up there with the most read on our 50 book challenge discussions. This is no surprise since her books offer readers compelling, intelligent thrillers with brilliant characters - including the tough and foul-mouthed detective, Antoinette Conway, the narrator of this twisty and thrilling story. * Mumsnet Best books for Christmas * A beautifully wrought murder mystery and investigation into what it means to be a murder detective. * Mail on Sunday * This is crime writing at its most sublime: spell-binding story-telling with a heroine to treasure in Detective Antoinette Conway . . . Author Tana French's reputation has been growing steadily in recent years and she is now at her peak, as this superb novel underlines. * Daily Mail * Tana French's thrillers are consistently good - well-plotted, intelligent, with memorable characters - and her latest, THE TRESPASSER, does not disappoint. * Good Housekeeping * I'm a huge fan of hers and have read all her novels. -- Cecilia Ahern * The Lady * A clever and well-crafted read. * Sun * Uncommonly well written * Irish Times * This is story-telling at the highest level, packed with sparky dialogue and a feisty heroine who rises about her difficult background and challenging work environment in order to seek the truth. * Irish Independent * A tense study in paranoia, delivered with French's customary adroitness. It's not hard to see why such writers as Stephen King and Gillian Flynn are admirers. -- Barry Forshaw * Crime Time * One of this year's most anticipated books * Stylist * French's psych-profile shtick is so sharp, she ensures we're wrapped up, too . . . the big reveal can hit you like a loaded punch * Crime Scene * Get ready to get comfy on the sofa with this clever, compelling and creepy thriller - it's quite possibly French's best to date. * Closer Magazine * She's fast becoming our fave crime/thriller writer, as this latest offering is flipping brilliant! * Fabulous Magazine * Taut, twisty, packed with all-too believable characters and rattles along at breakneck speed. * Woman & Home * Another gripping tale, beautifully told, by a woman at the top of her game. * Sunday Independent * THE TRESPASSER contains the most tense and serpentine interrogation scenes outside of John Le Carre . . . Shows French to be a one-off phenomenon. -- Mark Lawson * Guardian * 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 * A gnarly, absorbing read, and a finely tuned slice of wintry gloom from one the best thriller writers we have. * Observer * A beautifully wrought murder mystery and investigation into what it means to be a murder detective. * Mail on Sunday * French's gripping sixth novel checks every box from prose to plotting to suspense to characterisation. I'm working my way through the Dublin Murder Squad series and they're stellar. * Big Issue * 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 * Perfect winter reading. Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series are up there with the most read on our 50 book challenge discussions. This is no surprise since her books offer readers compelling, intelligent thrillers with brilliant characters - including the tough and foul-mouthed detective, Antoinette Conway, the narrator of this twisty and thrilling story. * Mumsnet Best books for Christmas * 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 * I'm a huge fan of hers and have read all her novels. -- Cecilia Ahern * The Lady * 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 * Best Crime Title of the Year * Daily Mail * Best Crime Title of the Year * Daily Mail * First-rate . . . her procedural thoroughness takes her deeper and deeper into a wholly convincing portrayal of Dublin police. -- David Hare * Guardian * First-rate . . . her procedural thoroughness takes her deeper and deeper into a wholly convincing portrayal of Dublin police. -- David Hare * Guardian *
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About Tana French

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
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42,951 ratings
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4 45% (19,274)
3 21% (9,105)
2 4% (1,820)
1 1% (435)
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