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«Un'intelligenza cristallina e una trama geniale».
«The New York Times»
Patrick Spain e i suoi due bambini vengono ritrovati morti in un complesso residenziale mezzo abbandonato per colpa della crisi. Jenny, la madre, è in fin di vita. All'inizio Mick «Scorcher» Kennedy, incaricato delle indagini, pensa alla soluzione piú scontata: un padre sommerso dai debiti, travolto dalla recessione, ha tentato di uccidere i propri cari e si è tolto la vita. Ma ci sono troppi elementi che non quadrano: le telecamere nascoste nell'appartamento, i file cancellati su uno dei computer e il fatto che Jenny temesse che qualcuno fosse entrato in casa loro per spiarli. A complicare il quadro, c'è il quartiere in cui vivevano gli Spain - un tempo noto come Broken Harbour - che riporta a galla ricordi dolorosi del passato di Scorcher.
«Tana French non delude mai»
«Tana French ispira nei suoi lettori una devozione quasi religiosa»
The New Yorker
«È sempre piú chiaro che Tana French, americana di nascita e ora di stanza a Dublino, è l'autore di crime piú interessante e piú importante emerso negli ultimi dieci anni».
The Washington Post
2° su The New York Times
3° sul Los Angeles Times
1° su Der Spiegel
I detective Antoinette Conway e Stephen Moran non sono popolari alla Omicidi di Dublino: nessuno perdona a Antoinette di essere una donna e a Moran di essere suo alleato. È per questo che a loro toccano solo le rogne e la routine di cui nessuno vuole occuparsi, come sembra essere l'assassinio di Aislinn Murray. L'hanno ritrovata in casa, riversa accanto a un tavolo apparecchiato per una cena romantica. All'apparenza, il classico litigio tra innamorati finito in tragedia. Ogni indizio incastra il ragazzo della vittima, ma Conway non è convinta, e resiste alle pressioni di chi vorrebbe chiudere l'incartamento in fretta. Troppe interferenze, troppe ombre nella vicenda. E quando inizia a indagare sul serio, quello che doveva essere un caso scontato prende una piega inattesa. È solo paranoia oppure, sotto la superficie scintillante, l'unità di punta della polizia nasconde qualcosa?
«Una meraviglia, puro piacere, un poliziesco dal gran ritmo, ma pieno di sfumature...French pensa e architetta trame come pochi altri».
Los Angeles Times
«Un romanzo che non lascia scampo da una autrice che è una fuoriclasse».
«Una lettura eccitante e coinvolgente regalataci da una delle migliori scrittrici di thriller del momento».
When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened.
Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past. Then a little girl's body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. Knowing that he would be thrown off the case if his past were revealed, Rob takes a fateful decision to keep quiet but hope that he might also solve the twenty-year-old mystery of the woods.
'A gripping read for those still pining for GONE GIRL' Elle's top five beach reads
The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago.
The caption says, 'I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM'.
Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story.
Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card.
Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear.
From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, The Secret Place is a searing novel of psychological suspense.
«Intelligente, crudo, volgare e perverso un attimo prima, e profondamente, sinceramente drammatico subito dopo».
The New York Times Book Review
The masterful Richard & Judy pick, from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
Winner of the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year.
'A TRULY GREAT WRITER' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
'ONE OF THE BEST CRIME WRITERS WORKING TODAY' Guardian
You can beat one killer. Beating your own squad is a whole other thing.
Being on the Dublin Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed. Her working life is a stream of thankless cases and harassment. Antoinette is tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point.
The new case looks like a regular lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty and lying dead next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her - except that Antoinette has seen her somewhere before.
And her death won't stay neat. Other detectives want her to arrest Aislinn's boyfriend, fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the simple woman 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 the case that will make her career - or break it?
'ONE OF THE BEST THRILLER WRITERS WE HAVE' Observer
In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once.
Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk . . .
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"This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet . . . Its own kind of masterpiece." --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"A new Tana French is always cause for celebration . . . Read it once for the plot; read it again for the beauty and subtlety of French's writing." --Sarah Lyall, The New York Times
Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.
"One of the greatest crime novelists writing today" (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking how to tell right from wrong in a world where neither is simple, and what we stake on that decision.