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From Tana French, "the most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years" (The Washington Post), the best-seller called "the most stunning of her books" (The New York Times) and a finalist for the Edgar Award. Don't miss her newest, The Trespasser, now available.

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family's cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not.

Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.

©2011 Tana French (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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What a life

This is a Dickens family, So ugly you cant stop reading. The mystery is as usual in French's books a really good tough one. It is the setting that rules in this one though. A truly terrific writer.

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  • 05-31-18

Best so far...

... of the Dublin Murder Squad series, in my opinion. Although, in truth, this had very little to do with the squad. I like how French introduces a supporting character in one book, then makes them the focus of the next. I didn't care that much for Frank Mackey in the previous book, but he won me over in this one. I think a lot of it had to do with the narration, which was superb. French is a terrific writer, better, I think, with character and a sense of place than she is with plotting. The mystery was not that hard to figure out - I did so half way through. But the reveal brought me no joy - it was incredibly sad. I couldn't get it out of my head for days. This is more a portrait of a dysfunctional family than anything else, but well done. Or as Mackey would say, "fair play to you."

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I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. Whether I was making a short drive or going on a road trip, I had it on. I remember a saying my Mother would say when she was reading an Agatha Christy book or any murder mystery book she loved those type of books. She'd say hurry up help me with these dishes or what ever was taking her away from her read, " hurry I need to get back to my book, I don't want to miss anything while I'm away". That saying always made me laugh. And, to me this was that read.

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Disfinctional

French’s searing portrayal of a disfunctional Irish family tears you apart. I found it very hard to read. On the other hand the narrative was shocking good.

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Perfect Marriage

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It is rare to find a book in which the exquisiteness of language is equal to the fineness of the plot line and the development of sensitively wrought characters. When these come together, it is a sparkling surprise and a joy to this reader. Tana French has done it in Faithful Place. However, the wrong narrator is often the ruination of that delicate balance; Tim Gerard Reynolds is the singular storyteller making this book into that rarest of all birds: the perfect marriage.

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Fantastic!!!

I enjoyed this book best so far in the series. The characters and plot line were very believable. Tim Gerard Reynolds’ narration made the story come alive! I found myself laughing out loud at some of the expressions, especially those spoken by Frank’s mother.