Guardian Interview with Bestselling Author Tana French

Still waiting to get your hands on a copy of the new Tana French Dublin Crime Squad novel? If not, you should be! Tana French is rocketing to fame in the U.S. with her fifth novel, The Secret Place, and a movie in the works for The Likeness; just think of her as the Irish Gillian Flynn.

I have been a fan of French’s since I read her first novel, In the Woods, in 2007 and have been following her steady rise to fame, which she has rightly earned with her literary crime thrillers set in and around Dublin, Ireland, and was pleased to find this interview The Guardian recently did with the author, where she talks all about the new book and her inspiration for her characters:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/aug/24/tana-french-interview-secret-place-crime-fiction-murder-mystery

When reading her novels, I recommend you start from the beginning because even though the books stand alone plot-wise, they are somewhat interconnected, told from the point of view of her various characters. The audiobooks are fantastic too, with quality narrators, so by all means do a little multitasking with a novel and an audio for the car or the gym!

Here is a run-down of all five novels in order of publication with summaries and links to our catalog, in case you’d like to check one out. We have the titles as ebooks as well!

Tana French Dublin Crime Squad Novels (all cover images and summaries below provided by Novelist) :

1. woodsInto the Woods (2007)

Twenty years after witnessing the violent disappearances of two companions from their small Dublin suburb, detective Rob Ryan investigates a chillingly similar murder that takes place in the    same wooded area, a case that forces him to piece together his traumatic memories.

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likeness2. The Likeness (2008)

This novel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

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faithful3. Faithful Place (2010)

Detective Frank Mackey finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind twenty-two years ago when the suitcase belonging to his first love, Rosie Daly, shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place.

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broken4. Broken Harbor (2012)

In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher’s haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.

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secret5. The Secret Place (2014)

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad – and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. The Secret Place – a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

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