Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CBR4 #44 Broken Harbour by Tana French

Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands. On one of the half-built, half-abandoned "luxury" developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks. And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends 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 Harbor, back when they were children. With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.
ARC from giveaway shelf at work

I've been interested in reading something by Tana French for a while.   Reading the description I thought the premise sounded interesting, but I felt Scorcher's family plot line was a distraction.  Perhaps it would have been more interesting if I had read her earlier books.

It was interesting how the "suspect" was arrested half way through the boom versus near the end.  It made me wonder what was left to solve and the book was less like an Law & Order episode. Even so I was disappointed by the ending of the book. I am curious to read other books by French.

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