From Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher, “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post), the bestseller called “the most stunning of her books” (The New York Times) and a finalist for the Edgar Award.
Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping hisi 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This murder mystery takes complicated, dysfunctional families to a whole new level. More than 20 years ago, Dublin teenager Frank Mackey hatched a plan to run away to London with his girlfriend, Rosie—but she never showed up. Now a police detective, Frank uncovers evidence that suggests something nefarious held her back. The only problem is, he wants nothing to do with his old neighborhood or his toxic family. Tana French is an expert at crafting irresistible mysteries, and the third book in her acclaimed Dublin Murder Squad series teems with living, breathing characters harboring secrets, rumors, and lost dreams. We love the sense of foreboding that lingers as Frank reluctantly inches closer to the truth. Whether you’ve read the rest of French’s loosely connected series or not, Faithful Place is a mystery you’ll savor.
For the third novel in her Dublin Murder Squad mystery series, French focuses on Squad detective Frank Mackey (a secondary character in The Likeness) as its protagonist, a man faced with new evidence that his first love may have been murdered years ago instead of, as he's believed, deserting him for life in London. He's forced to revisit his old inner-city neighborhood and a dysfunctional family, from whom he's been estranged for 22 years. Tim Gerard Reynolds's task is to be true to the novel's Irish working-class roots, but also to capture Mackey's voice as he shifts between tough cop to confused son and bitter sibling struggling against the past. Not only does Reynolds meet that demand, he adds his own admirable touches to the wonderfully drawn denizens of Faithful Place. For Mackey's aging, abusive father, Reynolds uses a deep hoarse growl, for his ever-disapproving Ma a shrill harangue. Older brother Sean speaks with an arrogant edge, older sister Carmel with lofty uninterest, while younger siblings Kevin and Jackie have the upbeat voices of na fs. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, May 31).
I am thoroughly enjoying this series; the author is far more talented than the average mystery writer. She has occasional lapses in the “suspension of disbelief” department, but otherwise, the stories are wonderfully engaging.
Blah blah blah... Once you read the first tedious chapters you can guess who the killer is. What is supposed to be charming Irish neighborhood memories is boring, repetitive background detail.
If you want a well written novel involving family conflict read "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck.
A great story and so well written! Not a fast read, but a story that deserves the time to sink your teeth into its beauty.