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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The sixth book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series is a realistic, masterful procedural. The Trespasser focuses on Antoinette Conway, the irritable loner who’s partnered with French’s previous lead character, Stephen Moran. When a seemingly straightforward murder case gets increasingly complicated, the intrepid detectives must look to their own squad for suspects. We love Conway’s idiosyncratic view of detective work and its myriad frustrations, including how the snapshot of a crime can shift continually in and out of focus.
Det. Antoinette Conway takes center stage in Edgar-winner French's sharp but shakily paced sixth Dublin Murder Squad novel (after 2014's The Secret Place). When Aislinn Murray, a young woman just coming into her own, is found in her picture-perfect apartment with the back of her head smashed in, the killer appears to be her new boyfriend, Rory Fallon, who was due to come over for dinner the evening of her murder. But that's too easy for the suspicious Conway, whose hackles are raised when a more experienced detective takes an interest in the case and wants Rory charged. In several tense interrogation scenes, Rory's sweat practically drips off the page, and it's obvious why Conway, the only woman on the squad, is so good at her job. French is less adept than usual, however, in weaving in her main characters' backstories. The underlying themes of loyalty and how far one should go to protect a person are what makes this entry worthy of French's prodigious talents, though Conway isn't her best conduit.
Forgive us our trespassers
Glamorous young blonde called Aislinn is found dead in her home: punch to the jaw followed by nasty head wound from edge of fireplace en route to ground. Conway and Moran are exhausted after night shift when "the gaffer," which is Irish for the boss detective, lobs this case their way. He also sends a more experienced man, Breslin, to help out. That pisses Conway off almightily, which isn’t difficult to do. She gets to be narrator this time too, which means we hear all about it. Naturally enough, or unnaturally considering the vic’s hair colour and makeup, all was not sweetness and light about young Aislinn. Tired of the clandestine affair she was having with a middle- aged detective for reasons you’ll have to read the book to discover, she found new blood closer to her age bracket. Jealousy then reared it’s ugly green head. Cue slow burning tension, lots of intrigue, and mucho psychological issues affecting the dead girl and her fledgling new suitor, not to mention her best mate and several detectives, particularly Conway, who has more baggage than Kim Kardashian. Moran, on the other hand, is still an all round great guy, despite being a ranga. Blah, blah, blah… the good guys catch the baddie in the end. Conway shows disturbing signs of becoming human. Aislinn remains dead.