Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad, #4) by Tana FrenchMick “Scorcher? Kennedy is the star of the Dublin Murder Squad. He plays by the books and plays hard, and that?s 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 it?s 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 family?s 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.
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Broken Harbour by Tana French – review
What a pretty picture: an Irish seaside community of new houses built for lucky, happy families. In the evenings the aroma of home cooking fills the air. Commuters return from work. Gleaming cars fill driveways. Children play in the glow of streetlights. Husbands and wives talk in privacy, because these houses are well built.
In Broken Harbor , as in its predecessors, a secondary character from the previous book becomes the narrator of the latest. The victims are Pat Spain and his two young children. The Spains bought into Broken Harbor while it was being developed; shortly afterward, Pat was laid off and they sunk deeply into debt, surrounded by empty houses no one was buying. To begin with, French challenged herself with Kennedy, the least likeable of her narrators so far. French is more successful when writing detectives outside the establishment—too young, too independent, too female. Kennedy, by contrast, is the establishment, rigid and unpleasant on purpose.
Their books invariably top the charts and rack up millions of sales. They themselves have become celebrities and multi-millionaires. Again, these are authors who sell books in their millions and Agatha is still doing so. Here in Ireland, renowned around the world as the home of Joyce and Beckett and where we are all supposed to have an innate talent for writing, it's different. We have a couple of modestly successful male crime writers like Ken Bruen. But where are the Irish female crime queens?
The books that win prizes are usually set in barely recognisable landscapes in the distant reaches of the s or beyond, they say, where the words 'Celtic' and 'Tiger' have yet to be dreamed of. But what is the present without the past? This is probably a debate for another day, but it raises the point: where is the great Irish novel, post recession? Broken Harbour may well be it. Young Irish writer Tana French has made an international name for herself with her series of stand-alone psychological crime novels, featuring detectives from Dublin's fictional Murder Squad.
I t's possibly the most perfect post-crash setting for a slice of genuinely disturbing horror: an Irish housing estate built during the height of the boom years, now mostly empty and abandoned, half-finished, horribly symbolic. In Ocean View, Brianstown — "A new revelation in premier living. Luxury houses and apartments now viewing", trumpets the sign at the entrance — the Spain family has been attacked. The young children are dead, smothered in their beds. Their parents were stabbed with a knife, father Pat dead, mother Jenny fighting for her life.