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Author: Tana French Narrator: Stephen Hogan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dublin Murder Squad Series Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9780593162859
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From Tana French, author of The Witch Elm, a New York Times bestselling novel that “proves anew that [Tana French] is one of the most talented crime writers alive” (The Washington Post). 

“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.” —The New York Times



Mick “Scorcherˮ Kennedy is the star of the Dublin Murder Squad. He plays by the books and plays hard, and thatʼs how the biggest case of the year ends up in his hands. 

On one of the half-abandoned “luxuryˮ developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children have been murdered. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first, Scorcher thinks itʼs going to be an easy solve, but too many small things canʼt be explained: the half-dozen baby monitors pointed at holes smashed in the Spainsʼ walls, the files erased from the familyʼs computer, the story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder slipping past the houseʼs locks. And this neighborhood—once called Broken Harbor—holds memories for Scorcher and his troubled sister, Dina: childhood memories that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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, New York Times bestselling author
  • Broken Harbor proves anew that [Tana French] is one of the most talented crime writers alive. The Washington Post
  • 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...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. The Wall Street Journal
  • Ms. French creates 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... she has irresistibly sly ways of toying with readers’ expectations Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • 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 list—it’s definitely at the top of mine. Associated Press
  • “a tour de force.
    Laura Miller, Salon.com
  • In most crime novels, cood cops and decent people court tragedy by disobeying the rules of society. But the stories French tells reflect our own savage times: the real trouble starts when you play fair and do exactly as you’re told. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
  • French's psychologically rich novels are so much more satisfying than your standard issue police procedural...French brilliantly evokes the isolation of a Gothic landscape out of the Brontes and transposes it to a luxury suburban development gone bust. The cause, of course, is Ireland's economic free fall — the Celtic Tiger turned needy cub — and, like all superior detective fiction, French's novels are as much social criticism as they are whodunit. Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
  • French ...[is] 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 exploration of events leading up to the murders, rendered just as vividly as the detectives’ scramble to solve them. Entertainment Weekly (A- rating)
  • 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. The Washington Times
  • Broken Harbour is a novel, of course, but it's also a headline...it's good to see contemporary literature engaging a crisis that has had such an impact on the lives of so many. This is, in fact, what good literature does. It makes us look at our world and perhaps forces us to see what we have chosen to ignore. Los Angeles Times
     

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 2/18/2014

    " This is another terrific Dublin Murder Squad mystery from Tana French. Each time she picks a new detective and a new case, and it is always a little bit personal to the detective. Her style is such that you feel like you are in the main character's head. I loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayzee | 2/14/2014

    " Tana French is officially my favorite crime/suspense writer! Actually, I believe she's the only crime/suspense writer I read. That's because aside from a fantastic plot-driven story she still manages to write so beautifully. I was up all night (literally) just so I could finish this book. And I had work in the morning! French is becoming quite adept at psychological suspense. Her characters are always very human, even the sickos. Two thumbs up to this book! THe LIkeness is still my favorite though. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 2/4/2014

    " This story kind of fell apart at the end (I think French was trying too hard not to be predictable), but this is by far the best book of the series. As always, she kept me up way past my bedtime because I can never put her books down once I've started them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/24/2014

    " A beautifully written crime novel, hugely atmospheric and emotionally affecting. Only negative is that it's overlong - a lot of the chapters could have been trimmed considerably. But there were points in this novel when I was more absorbed than I have been in a long time. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/14/2014

    " Compelling story and fascinating characters. Suspenseful until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/13/2014

    " Patrick Spain and his two children are found murdered in their home, with his wife, Jenny, near death. Mike (Scorcher) Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie Cullen, are assigned to investigate it. I enjoyed this book. Love Tana French! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 San | 12/31/2013

    " Pretty good crime novel. Well written with good character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/25/2013

    " Another freaking awesome book from Tana French. She is one if my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/24/2013

    " Another wonderfully written detective novel from Tana French. I'm a big fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 12/7/2013

    " good read, not my absolute fave, but a gritty story nonetheless. next one'll be about Richie, i bet... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/6/2013

    " Am loving it, of course, it's Tana French! But a bit too much foreshadowing... I mean, it's a Murder Squad novel, I know that somethings going to go bad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/4/2013

    " I read this in a weekend; very fast paced and at times had me putting it down because I was so agonized by what was happening. It was a good mystery in that I didn't anticipate the outcome. Also all that seemed so mystical turned out just to be the simplest answer. Which is how life is, isn't it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/3/2013

    " Great murder mystery. Story about a family who is brutally murdered in their home. A family who had everything going for them...until....Many twists...do not find out who dun it to almost the end. Great story line! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/4/2013

    " This is my first Tana French book. It's a great mystery with some decent character development. I could not figure it out and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 9/26/2013

    " I think this is the best of the four mysteries Tana French sets in Ireland. It was a good mystery with twists and turns that made sense and kept you speculating about the murderer. The quality of writing takes it from mystery to literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 7/17/2013

    " pretty good, nat Tana's best though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathann403 | 6/1/2013

    " The best of her novels so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mistina | 3/30/2013

    " Another masterful book by Tana French. Her tales are never predictable, and her characters are always poignant and human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 2/23/2013

    " Great story! Had me guessing til the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 12/13/2012

    " Great book, well worth reading. Hard to put down. Beautifully written, I feel like I personally know each of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/27/2012

    " Not my favorite but definitely worth a read. after reading any Tana French novel I am left pondering the story and characters. Even though Scorcher isn't my favorite character I now I know I will be left thinking about him and this book for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 10/24/2012

    " Known for her police procedural/psychological thrillers, Tana French has again produced a vivid, tautly -written story with a sinister, sometimes macabre atmosphere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 9/18/2012

    " My only complaint about Ms. French's books is that I'm ready for the story to wrap up about 3/4 of the way through. The last hundred pages or so are often skimmed just do I can put all the pieces together quickly. Great read. I think her first was still my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/31/2012

    " Not as great as her first, but still a very good book. She really writes novels that seem like murder mysteries, not your typical whodunit. "

About the Author

Tana French is the award-winning author of several New York Times bestselling novels. She has won many awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Macavity, and IVCA Clarion awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Best Crime Fiction. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US, and Malawi, and trained as an actress at Trinity College Dublin before becoming a writer.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hogan is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.