The bestselling novel by Tana French, author of The 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 her—except 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 Antoinetteʼs road. Aislinnʼs 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?
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The sixth instalment of the Dublin Murder Squad novels focuses on Detective Antoinette Conway, a tack-sharp and tough-as-nails wunderkind who’s trying to break into the old boys’ club of the homicide department. Conway lands what seems like a simple case—a pretty girl apparently murdered by her lover—but she soon discovers that nothing about this crime is as perfectly coiffed as the victim. The Trespasser is full of gripping interrogation scenes and penetrating forays into the psychology of detectives that show you why Tana French is a master of the crime thriller.
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.
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The book was so well written. Ms.French's writing was more than just a well crafted story. I loved the dialogue, and banter of the characters. She gave them more depth than I've seen from any other author. This was also the first time in a few decades, that I haven't been able to solve the mystery halfway through the book. Satisfying until the end!
I have just completed reading all of Tana French’s books, in chronological order. And while I like all of her books, some are better than others. This sixth book, the Tresspasser, was phenomal! Trying to solve the crime while seeing everything through the psychological weaknesses of the lead character, kept me thinking and trying to figure out what was really happening and what was just imagined. It really challenged me, and I couldn’t put it down. Loved the storyline, and all the characters. I highly recommend it.
Tresspasser by Tana French
In this, her third or fourth novel that I have read, she, or rather I ket myself to be to be led, sometimes nudged, into dead ends with slippery floors. By the time I found the light and the right oath to the solving of this mystery, i felt a bit foolish while at the same time feeling comfortable about staying the course to enlightenment and not simply gobsmacked with uncertainty about following her main characters trail of crumbs. She does an excellent job of getting the reader involved in the mystery and T the same time not using cheap tricks to confound you though confound you she does in spurts.
She, Tamara French, doesn’t let me down and i am grateful for that. She provides well crafted stories with really good characters.
Looking forward to reading the next one. Reading about crime outside of Chicago and the states lets me know we are not alone in being immersed in all the bad stuff that hits the nightly news.