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The bestselling novel by Tana French, author of The Witch Elm, is “required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting” (The New York Times). She “inspires cultic devotion in readers” (The New Yorker) and is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post).
“Atmospheric and unputdownable.” —People
In bestselling author Tana French’s newest “tour de force” (The New York Times), being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point.
Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed-to-a-shine, and dead in her catalog-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before.
And that her death won’t stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn’s boyfriend, fast. There’s a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinetteʼs road. Aislinnʼs friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll 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 case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?
From Publishers Weekly
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Brilliant Five Star read with Ms. French once again demonstrating outstanding character and plot construction which hold the reader to each turn of the page.
Waiting for the next Tana French release already!
Outstanding book!! I enjoyed reading this and could visualize the scenes so well. The ending was especially good as the protagonist understood a very important lesson and realized that her perceptions of reality were not always accurate, that her boss actually thought she was especially competent and honest, her boss had integrity, and compared herself to the victim's tunnel vision and fierce tenacity in pursuing a twisted and distorted desire for revenge to the exclusion of a happy life. The victim suffered from the murderer's selfish and arrogant decision, but she missed a great chance for a great life with love and happiness! Loved this book!
The book was so well written. Ms.French's writing was more than just a well crafted story. I loved the dialogue, and banter of the characters. She gave them more depth than I've seen from any other author. This was also the first time in a few decades, that I haven't been able to solve the mystery halfway through the book. Satisfying until the end!