The Trespasser: Dublin Murder Squad. The gripping Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 thriller (Dublin Murder Squad 6) Paperback – 20 Apr 2017
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First-rate . . . her procedural thoroughness takes her deeper and deeper into a wholly convincing portrayal of Dublin police. (David Hare Guardian)
Best Crime Title of the Year (Daily Mail)
The narrator this time is the wonderfully foul-mouthed, bad-tempered detective Antoinette Conway. And her narrative voice proves to be just as entertaining as I'd hoped, with a wonderfully salty and sometimes cruel sense of humour . . . At last it looks like a police procedural series from this side of the Atlantic can rival the best of the Americans. (Sunday Express)
I'm a huge fan of hers and have read all her novels. (Cecilia Ahern The Lady)
Perfect winter reading. Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series are up there with the most read on our 50 book challenge discussions. This is no surprise since her books offer readers compelling, intelligent thrillers with brilliant characters - including the tough and foul-mouthed detective, Antoinette Conway, the narrator of this twisty and thrilling story. (Mumsnet Best books for Christmas)
One of the best crime writers working today, Tana French . . . I can do you no greater favour in life than recommending that you read her books. (Guardian.com)
Its single voice is brilliantly sustained over 450 pages, and the book is a clever and intriguing experiment - the default technique of the psychological thriller, first-person female narration, deployed instead in a procedural whodunit. (Sunday Times)
French's gripping sixth novel checks every box from prose to plotting to suspense to characterisation. I'm working my way through the Dublin Murder Squad series and they're stellar. (Big Issue)
A gnarly, absorbing read, and a finely tuned slice of wintry gloom from one the best thriller writers we have. (Observer)
A beautifully wrought murder mystery and investigation into what it means to be a murder detective. (Mail on Sunday)
You can beat one killer. Beating your own squad is a whole other thing.
This is the case that will make Detective Antoinette Conway's murder squad career. Or break it.
A searing novel of psychological suspense from the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller In the Woods.See all Product description
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In her last novel in this series, The Secret Place, Tana has us reading about the partnership of Detective Antoinette Conway and Detective Stephen Moran. This pair of detectives continue into this novel but thankfully Tana is back to her usual form and structure.
The Trespasser can be read as a stand-alone. It is a first person narrative crime thriller with a linear time scale. This novel ticks ALL the boxes for me. The characterization of Antoinette is spot on and the relationship between her and Stephen is fully developed.
What I liked most about The Trespasser was the brainstorming between all the Murder Squad detectives. Some of their theories and what-if’s were private thoughts, others were spoken challenges between them. They would then move on to follow their lead. As a reader you had two options, think your own theory of who did it and whether it was manslaughter or murder - OR - just ride along with the novel as you are bombarded with countless theories and what-if’s. I liked how all these theories and what-if’s were built into the story and found it very entertaining as each possibility fully explained the death of the young woman.
There is lots of local character and dialogue which adds to the value of this book. Her vocabulary is extensive and I had to tap my Kindle screen many a time to pull up the dictionary definition.
I liked the detailing of the police procedures and the explanation of the interview techniques used by the detectives. I also liked how the characters lied so very convincingly with statements that were very hard to disprove.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Trespasser and it gets the top score of 5 stars from me. I found the story very engaging and think it would make a great television drama.
I put my Kindle down and when I took my dog out for his walk, thought about this novel and how Detective Antoinette Conway was very lucky indeed to get a solve on her case. If only the killer had done or not done this or that, they would not have been caught. Sadly this is the latest of the Dublin Murder Squad series but I hope that Tana will write another. Of the six novels, I have given five of them the top score of 5 stars. Only The Secret Place disappointed me and that was not written in her usual style. I think I have become a fan and tomorrow will be a surprise as I open my Kindle with a different author and genre.
The writing is excellent and very descriptive. I could really picture myself being present. It was definitely more literary than your usual police procedural or murder novel and I loved it. The characterisation was extremely good too and I got really caught up in the novel.
It's always exciting when you stumble across a book by an author you haven't heard of and end up really enjoying it. It's even better when they have a back catalogue of other books you can dive straight into as well. Total bonus.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes police procedurals or murder mysteries, particularly if you appreciate a more polished, sophisticated literary writing style.
A Dublin based female detective story based on the suspicious death of a young woman, and the detective's efforts to solve the case with her one possible ally in the murder squad. There is a likely suspect, but nothing is as clear as the first impresisons would suggest and she and her partner have to dig deep to find the truth. Having done so, wheels within wheels make it seem likely that the murderer will escape justice!
This lady writes a magnificent book.
and yes the heroine of the book is not a likeable character (and not in a good way.)
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