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Tana Frenchis also the author of"In the Woods," "The Likeness," "Faithful Place," "Broken Harbor"and"The Secret Place." Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards, the"Los Angeles Times"Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family."
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 naifs. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, May 31). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"[French] revisits, evocatively and lyrically, themes she's used
before: love, loss, memory, murder, and life in modern Ireland.
French's writing remains brilliant, and her dialogue is sharp,
often lacerating, and sometimes mordantly funny. "Faithful Place"
is her best book yet."
"The charming narrative will leave readers begging for a sequel."
"Part Raymond Chandler, part Roddy Doyle, crime fiction's rising star takes it into mesmerizing new territory . . . French's hypnotic storytelling remains in full force in this novel . . . "Faithful Place" is wrenching to a degree that detective fiction rarely achieves . . . French does something fresh with every novel, each one as powerful as the last but in a very different manner. Perhaps she has superpowers of her own? Whatever the source of her gift, it's only growing more miraculous with every book."