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Tana French - Author

About the Author

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as an actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theatre, film and voiceover.

 

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Featured books by Tana French

Broken Harbour

Broken Harbour

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk ...

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Other books by Tana French

The Wych Elm The Sunday Times bestseller

The Wych Elm The Sunday Times bestseller

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History' THE TIMES 'An engrossing, unpredictable, beautifully written mystery' SOPHIE HANNAH 'Dark and twisty' SUNDAY TIMES 'Mesmerising' GILLIAN FLYNN 'I'm a big fan of Tana French' IAN RANKIN ________________________________________ WHAT DO WE HIDE INSIDE OURSELVES? One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself. A spellbinding book from a novelist who takes crime writing and turns it inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are. ________________________________________ 'The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists 'Observer 'This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction's] biggest contemporary star' Guardian 'Lyrical, suspenseful, unpredictable' Harlan Coben 'French offers a masterclass in unreliability' Sunday Times 'Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent' Stephen King 'Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin' Lucy Mangan, Stylist 'To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer' Gillian Flynn 'This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' Erin Kelly

The Wych Elm The Sunday Times bestseller

The Wych Elm The Sunday Times bestseller

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2018

'AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE' John Boyne 'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History . . . impossible to put down' The Times 'Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent' Stephen King' From one of the greatest writers of the century comes a landmark novel of huge ambition. ________________________________________ WHAT DO WE HIDE INSIDE OURSELVES? One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself. A spellbinding standalone from a literary writer who turns the crime genre inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are. ________________________________________ 'To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: A TRULY GREAT WRITER' Gillian Flynn 'French offers a masterclass in unreliability . . . dissolving the boundaries between genre and literary fiction' Sunday Times 'The finest crime writer around right now' Mail on Sunday 'A brilliant examination of male privilege and family secrets' Guardian 'Gripping and suspenseful, with more twists than a rollercoaster, The Wych Elm is a MAGNIFICENT NOVEL' John Boyne 'HER BEST BOOK. Really, it is not a crime novel: as ever, Tana's scope is so much broader than that' Gillian McAllister 'Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin' Lucy Mangan, Stylist 'Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns' The New York Times 'I DROP EVERYTHING for a new Tana French book - feign illness, cancel plans and miss deadlines - and it's always worth it. This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' Erin Kelly 'The Trespasser contains the most tense and serpentine interrogation scenes outside of John le Carre' Mark Lawson, Guardian

Faithful Place

Faithful Place

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2018

'Breathtaking -- an elaborately twisted ballad of class resentments, family burdens, regret and passion' The Washington Post 'An author of exceptional talent and insight' Sunday Independent 'In all your life, only a few moments matter. I was lucky. I got to see one of mine face to face, and recognise it for what it was.' The course of Frank Mackey's life is set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The time his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as planned. Frank never heard from, or of, her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found ...

Likeness

Likeness

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2018

New York Times bestselling author Tana French:"e;has become required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting"e; (The New York Times)"e;is the most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years"e; (The Washington Post), "e;inspires cultic devotion in readers...most crime fiction is diverting; French's is consuming."e; (The New Yorker)Look out for Tana French's newest novel, The Trespasser, available nowIn the "e;compelling"e; and "e;pitch perfect"e; follow up to Tana French's runaway bestseller In the Woods, it's six months later and Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder squad. But an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl?

Faithful Place

Faithful Place

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2018

From Tana French, "e;the most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years"e; (The Washington Post), the bestseller called "e;the most stunning of her books"e; (The New York Times) and a finalist for the Edgar Award. Don't miss her newest, The Trespasser, now available.Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family's cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not. Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.

The Trespasser Dublin Murder Squad. The gripping Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 thriller

The Trespasser Dublin Murder Squad. The gripping Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 thriller

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2017

The masterful Richard & Judy pick, from the Sunday Times bestselling author. Winner of the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year. 'One of the best crime writers working today' Guardian Being on the Dublin Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed. Her working life is a stream of thankless cases and harassment. Antoinette is tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. The new case looks like a regular lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty and lying dead next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her - except that Antoinette has seen her somewhere before. And her death won't stay neat. Other detectives want her to arrest Aislinn's boyfriend, fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the simple woman 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 the case that will make her career - or break it? Because you can beat a murderer. But you can't beat your whole team.

The Trespasser Dublin Murder Squad. The gripping Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 thriller

The Trespasser Dublin Murder Squad. The gripping Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 thriller

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2017

The masterful Richard & Judy pick, from the Sunday Times bestselling author. Winner of the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year. 'A TRULY GREAT WRITER' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl 'ONE OF THE BEST CRIME WRITERS WORKING TODAY' Guardian You can beat one killer. Beating your own squad is a whole other thing. Being on the Dublin Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed. Her working life is a stream of thankless cases and harassment. Antoinette is tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. The new case looks like a regular lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty and lying dead next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her - except that Antoinette has seen her somewhere before. And her death won't stay neat. Other detectives want her to arrest Aislinn's boyfriend, fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the simple woman 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 the case that will make her career - or break it? 'ONE OF THE BEST THRILLER WRITERS WE HAVE' Observer

Gefrorener Schrei

Gefrorener Schrei

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 29/12/2016

Die Nummer 1 der SPIEGEL-Bestsellerliste jetzt im TaschenbuchEin Fall so dicht wie der Nebel uber DublinDie Kollegen in der Dubliner Mordkommission machen der eigenwilligen Antoinette Conway das Leben zur Holle. Nur ihr Partner Stephen Moran halt noch zu ihr. Als eine junge Frau zu Hause tot aufgefunden wird, sieht alles nach einer schnell aufzuklarenden Beziehungstat aus. Aber warum hat dann jemand aus der Mordkommission ein Interesse, die Ermittlungen zu behindern? Soll Antoinette endgultig aus dem Dezernat fliegen? Wei auer ihr und Stephen noch jemand, dass sie das Opfer schon einmal gesehen hat? Ermittler, Verdachtige und Zeugen finden sich in einem gefahrlichen Vernehmungskreisel wieder.

Trespasser

Trespasser

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2016

The bestselling novel by Tana French, author ofThe 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 herexcept 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 Antoinettes road. Aislinns 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?

The Trespasser

The Trespasser

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

**Winner of the Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award, 2016 (BGE Irish Book Awards) ** This is the case that will make Detective Antoinette Conway's murder squad career. Or break it. There's the murder squad you set your sights on, back at the beginning of your career: the one where you spend your day playing knife-edge mind-games with psychopathic geniuses, knowing that one wrong blink could mean the difference between victory and another dead body. And there's the one you actually work on, when you're the squad pariah. The night shifts. The vicious jabs and the pranks that go too far. Processing scumbags and matching witness statements, sifting the dregs for the case that might get you closer to where you want to be. Tonight's case isn't it. Uniforms call it in as a slam-dunk domestic. Except when Conway takes a good look at the victim's face, she realises she's seen her somewhere before. And suddenly the conviction that there's a different answer takes her breath away. This is the case she imagined. Precision-cut and savage, lithe and momentous. But you can beat one killer. Beating your own squad is a whole other thing.

The Trespasser Dublin Murder Squad. The gripping Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 thriller

The Trespasser Dublin Murder Squad. The gripping Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 thriller

Author: Tana French Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

'Contains the most tense and serpentine interrogation scenes outside of John Le Carre' - Guardian This is the case she imagined. Precision-cut and savage, lithe and momentous. Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder squad, but only just. She's partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that's going well - but the rest of her working life isn't. Antoinette doesn't play well with others, and there's a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her. She and Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a slam-dunk lovers' tiff. All she and her partner have to do is track down Lover Boy and bring him in. Then it'll be back to business as usual, watching from a distance as the real detectives go up against the psychopaths. Except when Antoinette takes a good look at the victim's face, she realises she's seen her somewhere before. And suddenly the conviction that there's a different answer takes her breath away.

The Secret Place Dublin Murder Squad: 5

The Secret Place Dublin Murder Squad: 5

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2015

'A gripping read for those still pining for GONE GIRL' Elle's top five beach reads The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago. The caption says, 'I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM'. Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story. Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card. Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear. From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, The Secret Place is a searing novel of psychological suspense.

In The Woods

In The Woods

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2015

Murder brings back memories ... You're twelve years old. It's the summer holiday. You're playing in the woods with your two best friends. Something happens. Something terrible. And the other two are never seen again. Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past. Even he has no memory of what happened that day. Then a little girl's body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. For him and his DI partner, Cassie, every lead comes with its own sinister undercurrents. The victim's apparently normal family is hiding layers of secrets. Rob's own private enquiries are taking a toll on his mind. And every trail leads inexorably back ... into the woods.

Geheimer Ort

Geheimer Ort

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2014

Ein Toter. Acht Madchen. Nur ein Tag fur die Wahrheit.Mord im Dubliner Internat: der psychologisch-literarische Kriminalroman von Tana French; Platz 1 der Spiegel-Bestsellerliste."e;Uberwaltigend. Die Sprache gluht."e; Stephen King"e;Absolut hypnotisierend."e; Gillian FlynnVor einem Jahr ist im Park des traditionsreichen Madcheninternats St. Kilda der sechzehnjahrige Chris Harper erschlagen worden. Nun hangt sein Bild am Schwarzen Brett - mit der Uberschrift: ICH WEISS, WER IHN GETOTET HAT. Nur eines von acht Madchen kann die Karte aufgehangt haben. In zwei Cliquen stehen sie sich gegenuber - unverbruchliche Freundinnen, erbarmungslose Feindinnen. Der junge Detective Stephen Moran kann die toughe Ermittlungsleiterin Antoinette Conway uberreden, ihn mit nach St. Kilda zu nehmen. Denn Stephen kennt eines der Madchen, Holly Mackey, aus einem fruheren Fall. Die Detectives wissen beide, was auf dem Spiel steht, auch fur sie selbst. Doch sie haben unterschatzt, in welch verfangliches Netz sie sich begeben.Tana Frenchs funfter Kriminalroman