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Broken Harbor: A Novel (Dublin Murder Squad) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Tana French

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Title:Broken Harbor: A Novel (Dublin Murder Squad)
Authors:Tana French
Info:Viking Adult (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 464 pages
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Mike "Scorcher" Kennedy is called to the scene of a brutal crime in which two children and their father lost their lives, and the mother was severely injured and left unconscious. As she is whisked off to hospital, Kennedy and his new partner Richie Curran begin the investigation. Kennedy is legendary on the Dublin force for his ability to solve murders quickly; Curran is new to the murder squad and eager to learn. It doesn't take long for them to identify a suspect and bring him in for questioning.

But wait ... this happens only 1/3 of the way through the book. It can't be that easy, and of course it isn't. Kennedy works tirelessly to collect sufficient evidence to charge the suspect, and Curran proves his worth through his ability to extract information from people associated with the suspect or the victims. At the same time, Kennedy is distracted and troubled by his sister Dina, whose mental instability flares up most inconveniently.

And that's what I love about this series: the detective's personal drama running in parallel to the crime-solving. In this case, the crime occurred on a housing estate that was once a seaside resort where Kennedy spent his childhood summers. A family tragedy put an end to those idyllic holidays, and may or may not have exacerbated Dina's mental illness. Kennedy keeps all of this locked up inside, desperately trying not to let it interfere with his work. And it turns out Curran has something to hide as well, and after some huge foreshadowing Tana French sets this part of the story on a slow drip that keeps the reader guessing about its impact on the case.

At this time there is only one more book in this series, and I don't plan to let too much time pass before reading it. ( )
1 vote lauralkeet | Apr 26, 2015 |
Broken Harbour by Tana French was another excellent addition to her Dublin Murder Squad series. This is an author who consistently produces intelligent, complex, interesting crime stories that keep the reader on tenderhooks throughout the entire book.

Entirely capturing the dynamics of a family on the brink of disaster, throwing in the creepiness of a stalker, and adding a heart rendering and totally chilling murder, this was not a story for the faint of heart. I felt a definite sadness and despair as I read about the dreams that fell apart and the lives that were spinning out of control. Her pacing, plotting and writing are all designed to give the reader the best mystery experience with many twists and turns along the way.

Broken Harbour is the fourth book in this series that just keeps on getting better. This particular book is a layered, atmospheric narrative that shows how quickly lives can fall apart when trouble comes calling. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 1, 2015 |
Another great novel from Tana French. Almost from the very first page of her books I am sucked into the story and I hate to put it down. This time there is a multiple murder in a once up & coming subdivision. A happy family is destroyed. Are they truly happy? Once again this novel in the Dublin series does not disappoint. ( )
  kp9949 | Mar 12, 2015 |
Constant sense of dread, instantly and utterly gripping. The crime scene is gripping, horrifying, and heartbreaking with attention to detail that would rival any forensic specialist. The characterizations are so rich and vivid that the reading is present and immersed in the events and the lives of the characters. No character is too minor to be fully developed. The mood is broody and atmospheric throughout, always consistent. Droll sense of humor - cop humor - is a welcome element. Realistic, believable dialogue. Genuine camaraderie. Sensitive, insightful portrayal of mental illness and its effects on family. Honest, complex, flawed characters. Smoke and mirrors tactic played to perfection will likely fool the most astute reader at least for a time. Another treasure by French whose books I recommend at every opportunity. ( )
  TheLoopyLibrarian | Feb 28, 2015 |
This may be tied for favourite of the series. This book....

I need time to process ( )
  beearedee | Feb 16, 2015 |
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Murder Detective Mick Kennedy is all about control.
Driving the right car. Wearing the right suit. Everything carefully designed to show the world - and most importantly, the killer - that he is in charge of this case.
But Broken Harbour will not be tamed.
This wild, beautiful place holds Mick Kennedy's happiest memories. It also holds his worst.
And now a new horror has happened here, and the cracks are beginning to show.
From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday TImes and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, Broken Harbour is a searing novel of psychological suspense.
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In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher's haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.… (more)

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