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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 Secret Place Dublin Murder Squad: 5

The Secret Place Dublin Murder Squad: 5

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2015

'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 the inspiration for the major new BBC/RTE drama series DUBLIN MURDERS

In The Woods the inspiration for the major new BBC/RTE drama series DUBLIN MURDERS

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

Secret Place

Secret Place

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 02/09/2014

The sensational new novel from ';one of the most talented crime writers alive' (The Washington Post)The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls' boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption saysI KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin's Murder Squadand one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. ';The Secret Place,' a board where the girls at St. Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.But everything they discover leads them back to Holly's close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival cliqueand to the tangled web of relationshipsthat bound all the girls to Chris Harper. Every step in their direction turns up the pressure. Antoinette Conway is already suspicious of Stephen's links to the Mackey family. St. Kilda's will go a long way to keep murder outside their walls. Holly's father, Detective Frank Mackey, is circling, ready to pounce if any of the new evidence points toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined.The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty, and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

The Secret Place

The Secret Place

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

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 that 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.

In the Woods the inspiration for the major new BBC drama series DUBLIN MURDERS

In the Woods the inspiration for the major new BBC drama series DUBLIN MURDERS

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

When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened. 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. Then a little girl's body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. Knowing that he would be thrown off the case if his past were revealed, Rob takes a fateful decision to keep quiet but hope that he might also solve the twenty-year-old mystery of the woods.

Broken Harbour

Broken Harbour

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2012

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 . . .

Schattenstill

Schattenstill

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2012

"e;WAS SIE UBER MORD WISSEN MUSSEN: IN NEUNUNDNEUNZIG VON HUNDERT FALLEN BRICHT ER NICHT IN DAS LEBEN DER MENSCHEN EIN. SONDERN SIE OFFNEN IHM DIE TUR."e;In Broken Harbour, einer windgepeitschten Geisterstadt voller Bauruinen, ist eine ganze Familie ausgeloscht worden. Seltsame Locher klaffen in den Wanden ihres Hauses. Kuhl und methodisch beginnt Detective Mike Kennedy mit den Ermittlungen - doch Broken Harbour zieht auch ihn erbarmungslos in sein zerstorerisches Kraftfeld."e;Tana French in Hochform: ein Meisterwerk."e; Cosmopolitan "e;Die irische Autorin Tana French gehort langst zur Elite der europaischen Krimigarde. Auch nach diesem Buch wei jeder, warum."e; MDR "e;730 Seiten subtile Spannung. Spitzenklasse!"e; TV Movie "e;Ein packender Psychothriller, in dem alle Beteiligten einem Wahn verfallen sind."e; Die Welt "e;Tana French ist eine der besten Crime-Autorinnen der Welt."e; The Washington Post "e;Frenchs Bucher gehoren zum Starksten, was in den letzten Jahren an Krimis erschienen ist - nicht zuletzt, weil sie so viel mehr sind."e; Brigitte "e;Das ist die hohe Schule des Krimischreibens."e; Financial Times

Faithful Place Dublin Murder Squad: 3

Faithful Place Dublin Murder Squad: 3

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from 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. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true.

Faithful Place

Faithful Place

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

'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 ...

Sterbenskalt

Sterbenskalt

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2011

Niemand lotet Charaktere gnadenloser aus, niemand zieht die Leser tiefer in die Atmosphare: der dritte Roman der jungen irischen Kriminal-Literatin Tana French."e;Ich stand dort im Schatten, wahrend die Glocken drei und vier und funf schlugen. Die Nacht verblasste, und ich wartete noch immer auf Rosie Daly."e;Frank Mackey, Undercover-Ermittler, hat seine Familie seit 22 Jahren nicht gesehen. Er wollte der Perspektivlosigkeit seines Viertels fur immer entfliehen - zusammen mit seiner ersten groen Liebe Rosie. Doch die hatte ihn versetzt und war allein nach England aufgebrochen, so hat Frank es jedenfalls immer gedacht. Bis in einem Abbruchhaus Rosies Koffer gefunden wird. Was ist damals wirklich geschehen? Frank muss zuruck nach Faithful Place - und feststellen, dass er diesen dunklen Ort immer in sich getragen hat ...

Faithful Place

Faithful Place

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from 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. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true.

Grabesgrun

Grabesgrun

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

"e;Ich sehne mich nach der Wahrheit. Und ich luge."e;Er ist ein erfolgreicher Ermittler. Man vertraut ihm schwierige Falle an. Er lost sie alle. Bis eine Leiche gefunden wird - an dem Ort, der seine tiefsten Angste weckt ...In der Ausgrabungsstatte Knocknaree bei Dublin wird ein Madchen tot aufgefunden, aufgebahrt auf einem Opferaltar. Der junge Ermittler Rob Ryan und seine Partnerin Cassie Maddox ubernehmen den Fall. Doch alle Spuren fuhren nur tiefer in ein unergrundliches Dickicht. Und niemand darf erfahren, was mit Ryan vor zwanzig Jahren im Wald von Knocknaree geschehen ist."e;Fangen Sie mit diesem Buch nicht an, wenn Sie die Nacht gut durchschlafen wollen."e; Publishers weekly

Totengleich

Totengleich

Author: Tana French Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Dem Tod wie aus dem Gesicht geschnittenAls die junge Polizistin Cassie Maddox in ein verfallenes Cottage auerhalb von Dublin gerufen wird, schaut sie ins Gesicht des Todes wie in einen Spiegel: Die Ermordete gleicht ihr bis aufs Haar. Wer ist diese Frau? Wer hat sie niedergestochen? Und hatte eigentlich Cassie selbst sterben sollen? Keine Spuren und Hinweise sind zu finden, und bald bleibt nur eine Moglichkeit: Cassie Maddox muss in die Haut der Toten schlupfen, um den Morder zu finden. Ein ungeheuerliches Spiel beginnt.Die junge irische Kriminal-Literatin Tana French erzielte mit Totengleich ihrem zweiten Roman, einen auergewohnlichen Erfolg bei den Lesern und wurde von der Kritik in eine Reihe mit Crime-Autorinnen wie Minette Walters, Elizabeth George oder Val McDermid gestellt.

The Likeness the inspiration for the major new BBC drama series DUBLIN MURDERS

The Likeness the inspiration for the major new BBC drama series DUBLIN MURDERS

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2009

Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID shows she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective. With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in her place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job.

The Likeness the inspiration for the major new BBC/RTE drama series DUBLIN MURDERS

The Likeness the inspiration for the major new BBC/RTE drama series DUBLIN MURDERS

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

'One of the best crime writers working today' Guardian 'The Likeness isn't just a good page-turner, but a skilfully written modern novel' Sunday Independent Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder Squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam ONeill. But she's too badly shaken to commit to him, or to her career. When Sam calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID says she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective. With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in the dead girl's place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job.