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ISBN13: 9780670023653
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ery3612, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by ery3612)
Tana French blurs the lines between genres with this police procedural that could also be described as literary fiction. The suspense gets thicker the further you read, and when the answers are finally revealed, you won't be able to stop turning the pages. Get ready for some sleepless nights until you finish this one.
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savin2retire, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by savin2retire)
Tana French just gets better and better - I just turn pages faster and faster. Broken Harbor is her best yet!
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suevt1, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by suevt1)
"...and I have always been caught by the pull of the unremarkable, by the easily missed, infinitely nourishing beauty of the mundane." Wow! This is the kind of writing that Tana French offers in this, her latest mystery.
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techeditor, December 9, 2012 (view all comments by techeditor)
BROKEN HARBOR by Tana French is the best of the three Tana French books I've read. The other two, IN THE WOODS and THE LIKENESS, both received many good reviews. I, however, was not so impressed. But BROKEN HARBOR has made me want to go back and read the book I skipped, FAITHFUL PLACE.

This is a mystery that has other mysteries going on within it. Many good mysteries have multiple mysteries, but BROKEN HARBOR begins with one main mystery, who killed the Spain family, and then has mysteries about the two suspects within the main mystery. And then comes another mystery about what the neighbors knew and then another mystery about a possible other suspect. And so on.

BROKEN HARBOR is that rare mystery that is both plot- and character-driven. So often mysteries are plot-driven, alone, and the characters are not studied or described in depth. If a novel IS character-driven, it is often boring because it has no plot to make the reader turn the pages. This book is rare; it ignores neither to concentrate on just one.

Also, most of this book is dialog, and it is well done, right on. So the story moves along with no long paragraphs of description that beg to be skipped. Too many authors drone on and on; French doesn't.

Other reviews of BROKEN HARBOR complain about the end. Therefore, I was ready to be disappointed. You, however, can relax. Maybe you'll wish it ended differently, but you shouldn't have a problem with it and neither should those complainers.

The four Tana French novels are all about the same Dublin, Ireland police squad. I read them out of order. So go ahead and read this one first, if you want. Each can stand alone.

Thanks to the Life in Review blog at http://lifeinreviewblog.com/ for this great book.
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Wendy C Feltham, October 26, 2012 (view all comments by Wendy C Feltham)
A gripping, creepy, well-written psychological detective novel set outside Dublin in a planned community after the crash. Tana French is one of my favorite authors, although I generally do not enjoy crime thrillers, as they make me too nervous! Having read all of her four books, I wouldn't call this one of my favorites, but still, I couldn't put it down. I love how she includes details about her characters, their family relationships, the power of their early friendships, their clothing, their dreams. The twists of the plot, the interpretation of modern Dublin, and the bizarre moments in this book are brilliant.
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. Agent: Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Ms. French created haunting, damaged characters who have been hit hard by some cataclysm....This may sound like a routine police procedural. But like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, this summer’s other dagger-sharp display of mind games, Broken Harbor is something more.”
"Review" by , “So much of the pleasure inherent in reading these novels is in trying to figure out where things are going and being constantly surprised, not to mention thoroughly spooked. I predict Broken Harbor will be on more than one Best of 2012 lists — it’s definitely at the top of mine.”
"Review" by , "Broken Harbor is truly a book for, and of, our broken times. It's literature masquerading as a police procedural."
"Review" by , “French has that procedural pro's knack for making mundane police work seem fascinating. And she's drawn not just to the who but also to the why — those bigger mysteries about the human weaknesses that drive somebody to such inhuman brutality. What really gives Broken Harbor its nerve-rattling force is her [French’s] exploration of events leading up to the murders, rendered just as vividly as the detectives' scramble to solve them."
"Review" by , “These four novels have instated Ms. French as one of crime fiction’s reigning grand dames — a Celtic tigress....It’s not the fashion in literary fiction these days to address such things as the psychological devastation that a fallout of the middle class can wreak on those who have never known anything else, and Ms. French does it with aplomb — and a headless sparrow and dozens of infrared baby monitors."
"Review" by , “The fourth book in Tana French’s brilliant, genre-busting series about the (fictitious) Dublin Murder Squad....Invoking atmosphere is one of French’s particular gifts, and in this department, Broken Harbor (the name of the town before the developers got hold of it) is a tour de force.”
"Review" by , “Ms. French has come to be regarded as one of the most distinct and exciting new voices in crime writing. She constructs her plots in a dreamlike, meandering fashion that seems at odds with genre's fixed narrative conventions. Sometimes, it's not even clear whodunit. Her novels have been translated into 31 languages, with 1.5 million copies in print....Broken Harbor has the hallmarks of a standard police procedural: a cocky homicide detective with a troubled past who educates his younger partner with pat lessons; a shocking crime that seems to defy explanation; a heart-stopping twist at the end. But Ms. French undercuts expectations at every turn. The victims begin to look less like victims; the case starts to unravel and the lead detective makes compromises that could ruin him.”
"Synopsis" by , The latest New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of In the Woods and Faithful Place.

Tana French’s rise can only be called meteoric. Starting with her award-winning debut, French has scored four consecutive New York Times bestsellers and established herself as one of the top names in the genre. Broken Harbor is quintessential French — a damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mystery — nestled in a timely examination of lives shattered by the global economic downturn.

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy always brings in the killer. Always. That’s why he’s landed this high-profile triple homicide. At first, he thinks it’s going to be simple, but the murder scene holds terrifying memories for Scorcher. Memories of something that happened there back when he was a boy.

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Detective Aector McAvoy returns in a thrilling new case set in Yorkshire; a series of salacious murders has him on the hunt for a sadistic killer in David Marks critically acclaimed series.


When “swinger” Simon Appleyard is found strung-up and naked in his Hull apartment, the authorities are only too happy to chalk up his death to a suicide. After all, a new gang has taken over the local drug trade, and Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaohs Serious and Organized Crime Unit is being run ragged by this well-connected and merciless group of criminals. With violent drug-related crime on the rise, the last thing the police need is an investigation of a depressed young mans death.

But more bodies begin to turn up, and all are somehow connected to the local underground erotic scene. Although Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy would be perfectly content to stay at home with his beloved wife and newborn baby, he begins to suspect that murder is just the tip of the iceberg. As his shrewd investigation brings him uncomfortably close to the local political elite—powerful people who would kill to keep their secrets buried, and who have the power to make or break his career—McAvoy realizes he is hunting a killer who has plenty more targets in sight, and a lust that wont be satisfied until the River Humber runs red.

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