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Broken Harbour by Tana French
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Aug 06, 12

Read from April 25 to 30, 2012


This is the fourth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French and she gets better all the time. Winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for best first novel, Tana has firmly secured a place in the mystery and thriller genre and the accolades of her readers.

Promised the lifestyle of an upscale community the Spain’s purchase a home in Brianstown, Ireland formerly known as Broken Harbor. Amidst the countries recession and loss of jobs the building comes to a screeching halt leaving the community looking like a run-down ghost town. This is where the bodies of the four members of the Spain family are found, father and two children murdered with the mother in a coma fighting for her life. It’s a horrific crime and the Murder Squad is being pressured by the press to bring the killer to justice.

Detective Mike “Scorcher” Kennedy and his rookie partner Ritchie Curran are assigned the high profile case and immediately get to work. When they arrive at the Spain home to survey the crime scene they find strange things have been going on in the household. Holes in the walls and ceiling with numerous baby monitors are out of character with the immaculate home leaving the team wondering what it all means in context to the murders.

Amidst Scorcher’s inner demons and a sister who requires constant attention the detective along with his rookie follow leads and a list of suspects that will bring them to the killer. What they find brings up a conflict between what is right and what is stepping over the line.

This book is a fast paced thriller. French works with a believable cast of characters drawing her reader headlong into the story. She adds peeks into the mind of her protagonist developing further insight into the detective from her previous book “Faithful Place”. French has honed her craft creating the best book yet in her Dublin Murder Squad series.
Reviewed for Suspense Magazine
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