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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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Rating:****1/2
Tags:murder, police detectives

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Broken Harbor by Tana French (2012)

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This one was really excellent. Tana French gets better with each book, and I'm very pleased that this story had s much clearer, slightly more definitive ending than her other works. It may not have been wrapped up nicely or ethically in a pretty package (this is a crime novel after all) but by golly, it was wrapped up. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
With each book, I find Tana French writes with more assurance. Her stories are not just satisfying police procedurals and mysteries, but meditations on modern life, the heartbreak of family, and compassion found in suprising places. So good. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
BROKEN HARBOR (Dublin Murder Squad, 4) by Tana French is mystery/psychological thriller writing at its best. Ms. French’s books are mesmerizing, raw, suspenseful and multi-layered. Her characters, plot and ‘sense of place’ are exquisite.
Characters from previous ‘cases’ seem to pop up in different settings and circumstances. This is different from spotlighting one particular detective or department. The first person narratives add drama, also. One sees how all people are connected in various ways and at different levels. I am ‘hooked’ and begin my 5th Dublin Murder Squad title tomorrow! ( )
  diana.hauser | Oct 31, 2016 |
The best in crime fiction. Told in the first person, and done right. ( )
  sberson | Oct 21, 2016 |
The fourth book in French's excellent Dublin Murder Squad series picks up with [b:Faithful Place|7093952|Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)|Tana French|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1291165900s/7093952.jpg|7350661]'s Mick Kennedy. Scorcher, as he's known, is a by-the-book cop famous for his diligence, attitude, and solve rate. However, he's still trying to make amends for one case, so he's given this one - a family found in an estate in the Irish suburbs. Father Patrick and the two children are dead, while mother/wife Jenny is in critical condition at the hospital. At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think the case is open and shut. But they quickly discover things aren't what they seem--with the Spains themselves or the murder case. Why are there holes all over the family's home, and baby monitors and cameras everywhere? Who erased the family's computer? Why did Jenny pull their young son out of preschool? Scorcher finds himself on a case that will test his resolve and the morals he holds so dearly.

This was an superb book; I don't know how French does it, but her novels never disappoint. It's a bit slow going, but amazingly interesting. Her painstaking detail of a crime scene and murder investigation is thorough and somehow beautiful; she knows her stuff. The first person detail with Mick is a welcome relief, honestly, after the "varying POV" chapters that seem to be the method du jour lately (I know the book is a few years old, but still). Mick is a crazily complex character and hearing his innermost thoughts just adds to his depth.

I won't lie: the book is long and it's probably not for everyone. You need to be a mystery fan and not be thrown off by a main character who talks and shares a lot. There's a dynamic between Mick and his new partner that adds to this detail and character development. Further, Mick and his family have a tie to Broken Harbor (the site of the murder), which involves some flashbacks. Again, it adds length, but also to the depth of his character. Plus, the plot kept me guessing, which I really appreciated. It would have been an easy 4.5 star rating, but it dived a little with the ending and a move that seemed a bit out of character for Mick, but still - an excellent mystery with a detailed and thoughtful plot. I'm glad I've picked up French's series again and look forward to getting completely caught up. ( )
  justacatandabook | Jul 20, 2016 |
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Kolstad, HenningTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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