Starting with her award-winning debut, French has scored four consecutive "New York Times" bestsellers and established herself as one of the top names in the genre. "Broken Harbor" is quintessential FrenchNa damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mysteryNnestled in a timely examination of lives shattered by the global ...
Starting with her award-winning debut, French has scored four consecutive "New York Times" bestsellers and established herself as one of the top names in the genre. "Broken Harbor" is quintessential FrenchNa damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mysteryNnestled in a timely examination of lives shattered by the global economic downturn.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-09-24 You can tell from the very start that Stephen Hogan's narration of French's fourth thriller about the coppers of Dublin's murder squad is going to be a standout. It's not just because his melodic, accented voice is such a perfect fit for the book's protagonist, Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy. It's that Hogan performs French's words, turning Scorcher's first-person narration into a nuanced, naturalistic monologue and his conversations and interrogations into what resemble full-cast ensembles. French's book is a psychological study of its leading characters wrapped in the popular trappings of a police procedural. The case on the murder squad's docket is a brutal attack on the Spains, a family living in a hastily gentrified suburb, that has left the father and two children dead and the mother severely wounded. Hogan does a stellar job capturing the book's gloomy atmosphere (a result of Ireland's economic downturn) and the effect it has on the characters. But Hogan's greatest success is his portrayal of the highly moral Scorcher as he mentors his partner, cares for his unstable and difficult sister, and desperately tries to do the right thing even at the cost of his honor and his job. A Viking hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-05-28 Edgar-winner French's eloquently slow-burning fourth Dublin murder squad novel shows her at the top of her game. In a half-built luxury development near Dublin, a family of four is attacked and left for dead, with only the mother clinging to life. For Det. Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, introduced in 2010's Faithful Place, this is a case that makes-or breaks-a career. With his new rookie partner, Det. Richie Curran, Mick arrives soon after Patrick Spain and his two children, six-year-old Emma and three-year-old Jack, are discovered stabbed to death in their home, while mother Jennifer is taken to the hospital. The house, one of the few completed in the Brianstown development, is a bloody mess, and suspicion immediately falls on Patrick, who recently lost his job. The recession figures prominently, as Brianstown-once known as Broken Harbor-was abandoned by contractors when money dried up. Mick's own childhood memories of Broken Harbor are marred by tragedy and intertwined with watching over his mentally unstable sister, Dina. As usual, French excels at drawing out complex character dynamics. 5-city author tour. Agent: Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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