Tana French – Broken Harbor


From Tana French, author ofThe Witch Elm, aNew York Timesbest-selling 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 Scorcher Kennedy is the star of the Dublin Murder Squad. He plays by the books and plays hard, and thats how the biggest case of the year ends up in his hands.

On one of the half-abandoned “luxury” 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 its going to be an easy solve, but too many small things can’t be explained: the half dozen baby monitors pointed at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls, the files erased from the familys computer, the story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder slipping past the house’s 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.

Author: Tana French
Narrator: Stephen Hogan
Duration: 19 hours 54 minutes
Released: 19 Jul 2005
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I deeply enjoyed Stephen Hogan’s narration. He has the type of voice I find relaxing, while also being able to vary the character’s voices to a great degree. Many times I thought, as he went through the conversations between the officers, that I was hearing a dramatization. Someone complained his women’s voices all sounded whiny – I would say there was less distinction between them, but they didn’t bother me in that regard.
The story starts out so strong that the last third dragged for me and then just stops. Many people commented on this same thing . However, I love the lead character in this book, Scorcher Kennedy, and his partner, Curran. I hope to hear more about Scorcher – I found him a convincing mix of pompous & pathos. The tie between the case at hand and Scorcher’s back story made for interesting contrasts and lines of thought.
Finally – I am following an alternate order for reading the series suggested in Book Riot. This book is first (the rationale being it’s so suspenseful, it sucks you in – I agree), next they say to read Faithful Place. So far, so good.