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Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Tana French
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The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true.

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    Praise for THE LIKENESS:

    'An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller.'

    (Woman and Home)

    Creepily melding elements of Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' and undercover police procedural, THE LIKENESS by Tana French, seduces from the start... A nifty tale of desire for belonging, as well as a cool thriller (Time Out)

    Beautifully written and elegantly descriptive, this is a true literary detective novel rather than a whodunnit (Irish Mail on Sunday)

    The Likeness isn't just a good page-turner, but a skilfully written modern novel . . . French has a brilliant ear for dialogue . . . Also in the best tradition of classic crime writers, such as P D James and Ruth Rendell, her characters are fully-rounded people and she is able to layer plots and storylines with a mastery that belies the fact that it is only her second book. (Sunday Independent)

    French's second foray into the dark world of psychological crime more than proves she's the real deal (Daily Mirror)

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    Praise for THE LIKENESS: 'An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller.' -- Woman and Home 'Creepily melding elements of Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' and undercover police procedural, THE LIKENESS by Tana French, seduces from the start... A nifty tale of desire for belonging, as well as a cool thriller' -- Time Out 'Beautifully written and elegantly descriptive, this is a true literary detective novel rather than a whodunnit' -- Irish Mail on Sunday 'The Likeness isn't just a good page-turner, but a skilfully written modern novel ... French has a brilliant ear for dialogue ... Also in the best tradition of classic crime writers, such as P D James and Ruth Rendell, her characters are fully-rounded people and she is able to layer plots and storylines with a mastery that belies the fact that it is only her second book.' -- Sunday Independent 'French's second foray into the dark world of psychological crime more than proves she's the real deal' -- Daily Mirror

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1364 KB
    • Print Length: 449 pages
    • Publisher: Hodder; Export / Airside ed edition (19 Aug. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003TSD9RG
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A superb story 22 Jan. 2012
    Format:Paperback
    I read "Into the Woods" and really enjoyed it then bought "The Likeness" which bored me so much I gave up half way through. Then with much trepidation bought "Faithful Place" WOW what a tale I was hooked immediately. The characters are brilliantly drawn and totally true to life (I am a Dubliner myself) and I was so moved by the love story between Frank & Rosie it brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. I did however guess the killer quite early on but this in no way put me off the story. Tana's understanding of Dublin and particularly in the 1980's is spot on, not sure if she lived there then or not and her portrayal of a family from Dublin's poorer district's is totally authentic. I don't live in Dublin any longer but the book transported me back so well I could even smell the hops from the Guinness factory. Well done Tana, more please.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsion Catharsis and Crime 30 Oct. 2011
    Format:Hardcover
    I found this book compulsive from the opening sentence onwards, to the very last page. I have read one of her other books, 'The Likeness' which was strong on many levels, but this gripped far more than that book did, much as I enjoyed the way French played with the idea of doubles in 'The Likeness'. 'Divorced Cop' is a cliche, what French does is turn the cliche inside out so that the first murder is the catalyst for a much bigger story, told in retrospect, about how a deeply unhappy family might contribute to the potential for divorce and estrangement, never mind the motivation for becoming a policeman, and how the unhappy family background and police work combined would strain the most committed of marraige partnerships. The portrayal of the Frank Mackey is humane-ness itself, tested by an inhumane situation.

    As for predictability, some will guess who did what and when they did it fairly early in, but the point is more why they did it, which is where the compulsion comes into the reading of it. One of the reasons Greek Tragedy has lasted is because the plots are about 'why' rather than 'how' or 'when', character rather than procedural details, and those tragedies were about invoking catharsis. The family at the centre of this story, and the street on which they live, are hewn out tragedy, and have a strong sense of spiking each other's chances from before birth onwards. I am sure French kept a note book of the aggressive vernacular working class phrases which fit the Dublin she portrays, which particularly delighted me. Even now, though, I would not like to think of or count the number of expletives in the book, nor the number of seperate portrayals of domestic violence, or times when drink put reason and calm to sleep.
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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Place in French's Best Yet 17 Jun. 2011
    Format:Paperback
    Tana French has been a cut above from the word go. Her haunting debut In the Woods left no doubt in my mind that a distinctive new voice in crime fiction had spoken up, demanding a fair hearing, and though French's next novel had its issues - perhaps The Likeness was a touch too Murder She Wrote in the belief-beggaring mystery of coincidence at its core - nevertheless its was a gripping read, so taut and thrilling and refreshingly character-driven most longtime crime writers would have stood to learn a thing or two from it.

    Well you ain't seen nothin' yet.

    Faithful Place in French's best yet, and by a country mile. With a brilliantly conflicted new protagonist to come to grips with, and a grim new neighbourhood with its very own closet full of skeletons to explore, the Irish import of the hour ably breaks away from the pack, delivering an unabashedly heartfelt portrait of a people, a place, and a time.

    Twenty years ago, Frank Mackey planned to escape Faithful Place with his gorgeous girlfriend, Rosie Daly. The son and the daughter of two tight-knit families at war with one another over a long-forgotten grudge, these star-cross'd lovers had hoped to run away from the estate, to take off towards the bright city lights of London and never return. In secret the pair packed their bags, arranged with great care a rendezvous point from which they would stage their daring flight, and bided their sweet time.

    But come the appointed hour, there was no sign of Rosie. Frank waited for her the whole night through... but nothing. And with the dawning of the next day came the dawning realisation that the love of his life had stood him up.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable and beautifully written story 22 Oct. 2010
    By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    This is special. I'm new to Tana French, despite this being her third novel, but she is clearly an exceptionally gifted storyteller. Not so much for the story itself - although that element is very good anyway - but for the way she tells it, for her skills as a writer are right up there with the very best. It's a tale worth treasuring for all aspiring authors, because in many ways this is a classy demonstration of how it should be done, with quality on every single page.

    The story is relatively simple at first glance. Set mainly in the present day in a tough, close-knit community in Dublin, it occasionally looks back 22 years to the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of Frank Mackey's first love Rosie, on the eve of their secret elopement to England. Today Frank is 41, divorced, works as an undercover cop and has been living in another part of Dublin for all of those two decades and more, not wanting to return to the road in which he grew up - Faithful Place - because of the many painful memories it holds for him, his lost love being not the only one. His father has a long history of domestic violence, and deep-rooted feuds among and between close neighbours still hold true after all these years. But an unexpected phone call from one of his sisters brings Frank back to his spiritual home for a reunion with his family that he neither expected nor wanted. A body has been found in a derelict house in Faithful Place, and the universal assumption from all involved is that it must be that of the departed Rosie Daly. If it is true, then the list of suspects is far from clear....
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on the Dublin Detectives
    What a great book. Ms French has me hooked on her Dublin Detectives now.
    Published 1 month ago by Hilary Mortz
    1.0 out of 5 stars Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Broken Harbour
    Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Broken Harbour, I was excited to give another of Tana French books a go. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by jade1
    3.0 out of 5 stars Claustrophobic and not one of the author's best
    I had previously read The Harbour and The Likeness which are excellent so was slightly disappointed in this book . Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Tara
    3.0 out of 5 stars A decent crime story
    This is the first of Tana French's novels I have read and was a little disappointed. Like other reviewers, I knew who the guilty party was from very early on and was hoping for... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Katherine Pathak
    5.0 out of 5 stars I think Tana French is one of the best. Her books are well written and...
    I think Tana French is one of the best. Her books are well written and the story lines fascinating. Characters are there to love and hate...
    Published 3 months ago by Corri van de Stege
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected
    Not as good as I expected. The plot got lost from time to time because of all that was going on in the main characters life. I didn't really like any of the characters in the book. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Margaret Madden
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great to have discovered a new author!
    Good pacy story. Believable and sympathetic characters. Keeping me guessing all the way.
    Published 3 months ago by Kathryn Joy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Superb-again!
    Another absolutely brilliant novel by Tana French.Gripping throughout.Tailor made for a James Nesbitt tv series....there was never a dull moment.So good i was sad when i finished.
    Published 4 months ago by Denis Reed
    4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I've read this.
    My first read by this author. It took me a little time to get into the rhythm of the text, I think, because I'm not Irish, but could well imagine the close knit community that the... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Sue Ryan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, beautifully written.
    Great dialogue, strong characters and a well woven plot all beautifully adorned in Tana French's detailed depictions. This is a whodunnit with class!
    Published 4 months ago by Julie
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