From Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher, a New York Times bestselling novel that “proves anew that [Tana French] is one of the most talented crime writers alive” (The Washington Post).
“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times
Mick “Scorcherˮ Kennedy is the star of the Dublin Murder Squad. He plays by the books and plays hard, and thatʼs how the biggest case of the year ends up in his hands.
On one of the half-abandoned “luxuryˮ developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children have been murdered. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first, Scorcher thinks itʼs going to be an easy solve, but too many small things canʼt be explained: the half-dozen baby monitors pointed at holes smashed in the Spainsʼ walls, the files erased from the familyʼs computer, the story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder slipping past the houseʼs locks. And this neighborhood—once called Broken Harbor—holds memories for Scorcher and his troubled sister, Dina: childhood memories that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control.
Edgar-winner French's eloquently slow-burning fourth Dublin murder squad novel shows her at the top of her game. In a half-built luxury development near Dublin, a family of four is attacked and left for dead, with only the mother clinging to life. For Det. Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, introduced in 2010's Faithful Place, this is a case that makes or breaks a career. With his new rookie partner, Det. Richie Curran, Mick arrives soon after Patrick Spain and his two children, six-year-old Emma and three-year-old Jack, are discovered stabbed to death in their home, while mother Jennifer is taken to the hospital. The house, one of the few completed in the Brianstown development, is a bloody mess, and suspicion immediately falls on Patrick, who recently lost his job. The recession figures prominently, as Brianstown once known as Broken Harbor was abandoned by contractors when money dried up. Mick's own childhood memories of Broken Harbor are marred by tragedy and intertwined with watching over his mentally unstable sister, Dina. As usual, French excels at drawing out complex character dynamics. 5-city author tour.
Good not great
This is a good book: very well written with well-imagined characters, and a believable plot until the very end where it wraps up a bit too easily for all concerned. The relationships: detective partners, the detective and his sister, the detective's dead mother hovering over Broken Harbor, are all very good, and the portrayal of his challenging sister is true to life (trust me, I know). I'll look forward to more books from Ms. French.
More than an exquisite procedural
I didn’t know what to expect of Scorcher Kennedy after the glimpse of him in Faithful Place. However, the more I read, the more I understood him and his choices. Tana French has written an intimate procedural and importantly, an honest look at how one’s perceptions and coping mechanisms are shaped and tested by the hardest events. French doesn’t shy away from the difficulties and injustices that humans create and endure. Scorcher Kennedy is beautifully complex and vulnerable. Watching him gain wisdom is an added bonus. Just, thanks.
Got me hooked on the series
I read this book for a class in Dublin and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the complexities of the characters and the twist endings