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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (July 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780340977644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340977644
  • ASIN: 0340977647
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A beautifully crafted thriller that exposes the bleak repercussions of destroyed hope in recession-riddled Dublin. The setting for Tana French's stunning thriller is an eerie ghost estate on the outskirts of Dublin, where half-finished houses and abandoned buildings provide a chilling backdrop.―Marie Claire

With red herrings and false turns aplenty, Broken Harbour by Tana French will keep you gripped right to the shocking final page.―Good Housekeeping

With Broken Harbour, Tana French should cement her name not only as the queen of Irish crime fiction but the queen of Irish fiction. Broken Harbour sucks you into its murky depths that any good novel - crime or otherwise - should . . . the breadth of character is also astonishing . . . This is a writer working at the height of her powers . . . humour, pathos, well-observed social commentary, but above all a cracking story that keeps you guessing until the end . . . A great Irish novel.―Sunday Independent Dublin

The acclaimed Irish crime writer returns with a timely tale―Irish Times

Tana French is one of those rare novelists who combine a gift for dialogue and characterisation, with suspense, intrigue and fabulous plotting. And she's a beautiful writer, to boot. A real treat.―Kate Mosse

Tana French is one of the most assured crime novelists writing today and BROKEN HARBOUR affirms her reputation. French spins a suspenseful web, which tightens with every chapter.―Time Out

Nothing short of a masterpiece. French's first three thrillers were all brilliant but this is by far her best and reaches a level of spine-chilling, gripping moreishness that will leave readers open-mouthed with admiration.―Sophie Hannah, Daily Express

Lauded as Tana French's best crime fiction yet, the writer's fourth thriller triumphantly conjures up the atmosphere of an Irish town ravaged by recession and the underlying animosity simmering among its actuely drawn characters―Stylist- Hot New Books of July

I've been enthusiastically telling everyone who will listen to read Tana French. She is, without a doubt, my favorite new mystery writer. Her novels are poignant, compelling, beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric. Just start reading the first page. You'll see what I mean.―Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of STAY CLOSE

Gradually, an emotionally jolting story of love, obsession and madness is played out to incredible effect in this searing, intense, complex and intelligent thriller by a new master of the art.―Daily Mail

French is on finest spine-chilling form in her fourth crime thriller . . . subtlety of plot, language and tone . . . makes this one of the must-read-page-turners―Sunday Times Dublin

French is an impressive writer who knows just how to manipulate her readers' emotions . . . as revelation follows revelation, the dark pull of the narrative keeps you enthralled until the entirely satisfying ending.―Spectator

Finely written psychological crime thriller . . . the characters are subtly drawn and the writer reveals a sense of time and place.―Choice

Fast-paced psychological thriller . . . Gripping.―Image Magazine Dublin

Edgar-winner French's eloquently slow-burning fourth Dublin murder squad novel shows her at the top of her game . . . French excels at drawing out complex character dynamics―Publishers Weekly

Creepy, compelling and uncomfortably believable, this is not just a story about solving a crime, but about the destruction of a generation's hopes and dreams―Independent

As beautifully written as it is gripping―Stellar Magazine Ireland

A thoroughly mesmerising story. After four novels, French is fast becoming one of the best crime writers around . . . a briliantly twisted tale―Heat

A gripping story in an atmospheric setting by an author who knows how to grab a reader's interest and never let it go . . . not a word of this densely written, long novel was superfluous - I would have been happy for it to be longer still.―Literary Review

A deftly written thriller―Woman & Home

Broken Harbour is a complex, well crafted psychological thriller as well as an exemplary dissection of the plight of the disappointed and desperate human wreckage washed up in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. As always, French's carefully wrought but seemingly effortless prose is a delight. A hugely impressive and intelligent book, with writing to savour. It confirms French as the First Lady of Irish Crime.―Irish Independent

Observer Thriller of the Month: 'Enticing, threatening, atmospheric prose' . . . Broken Harbour is a tale about the different facets of obsession and insanity, and it winds up to a finale that is almost too distressing. The best yet of French's four excellent thrillers, it leaves its readers - just like the Spains - "throat-deep in terror"'―Observer

About the Author

Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. Her first novel, In the Woods, was published in 2007: it won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for Best First Novel and the IVCA Clarion Award for Best Fiction. In the Woods and her other two novels, The Likeness and Faithful Place, were all New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter. Visit Tana's website at

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I've been an avid fan of Tana French since her chilling debut novel, In the Woods, a poetically written murder mystery that combined police procedural with psychological thriller. She writes evocatively about solitary adults afflicted by damaged childhoods. Her novels go beyond the murder cases and weave layered tales about memories, the search for identity, the healing of broken families, and the social and economic issues of contemporary Ireland. Broken Harbor will satisfy old enthusiasts and hook new ones alike with its complex characters, detailed plot, moving themes and fresh, taut dialogue.

The narrator is Detective Mick 'Scorcher' Kennedy, a tough, flinty cop introduced in French's third novel, Faithful Place. Here he is fleshed out as a media-savvy and taciturn (and surprisingly sensitive) crackerjack detective with a reputation to fix. He is assigned to a murder that occurred in the affluent but half-abandoned suburb of Brianstown, which used to be called Broken Harbor. This is sure to be a high profile case: the fatal stabbing of a family man, Patrick Spain, and the suffocation of his two young children. His wife, Jenny, a victim of multiple knife wounds, is in critical condition at the hospital's intensive care unit.

Kennedy has a resonant family history with BH, reaching back to childhood summer vacations with his mother (who died years ago) and two sisters. One sister, Dina, is emotionally unstable, volatile and flammable, and pops in unannounced at inconvenient times. Kennedy is protective of Dina, but her labile moods and confrontational behaviors are particularly vexing to him during this investigation.
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This is a newly discovered author for me and will now be adding her to my list of favorite authors. All her books seem to be highly rated, and I was lucky enough to find this hardcover in the markdown section at Barnes & Nobel.
The main character Detective referred to as Scorcher Kennedy was likable right from the start. His training and expertise goes a long way in the story, and his experience and attention to detail is very well written in this high profile murder mystery. A family is murdered and he takes on the case along with his newly appointed inexperienced partner. This story is highly psychological and the author climbs into all the minds of the characters and their lives. Very good writing. Very good story. I didn't predict anything in this book. I definitely recommend this author.
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By L. D. Godfrey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 21 2012
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I liked this novel, it wasn't a page turner but Broken Harbour is a good, solid read. It is a large novel,average hardcover size and 500+ pages but the pace never lagged and it kept my interest.I have not read many of Tana French's novels, truth told this is only my second,but will not be my last. The novel is well written, it has compelling characters, an easy to follow plot and a few well place red herrings. You have the main character, Mick Kennedy,a homicide detective.He seems to be harder on himself than the murderer(s) he is trying to catch.His story is the main thread in the novel.The plot seems to spin off him and his relationships. You will not find car chases, gun battles, or any of that in this novel.What you will find in Broken Harbour is an entertaining, classic detective story.
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Fantastic effort on Tana French's part. I don't often read thrillers, but this was a riveting read of "whodunit" right to the end. A book I wished I'd never read so I could read it again! The perfect book to take on a trip and block out the world. The twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. What a great author, incorporating the humour and the sorrow of the Irish set in what was a promising suburb that has been broken down by recession.
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By Rod on Feb. 18 2013
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Detective with imperfections.

Strange homicide.

Not exactly original premises...but, I enjoyed the book.

Kudos to Tana French!

A movie contract has to be on her agenda.
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This book is quite dark but has brilliantly developed characters and a very poignant subplot. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel when I started reading it - another murder - ho hum but I found I couldn't put the book down after a few pages.

Any mystery lover who enjoys the psychology of grief and guilt will be big fans of this book and probably this author.
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