Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad Series #4)

Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad Series #4)

by Tana French
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Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad Series #4) by Tana French

New York Times bestseller and quintessential Tana French thriller—a damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mystery—the novel that "proves anew that [Tana French] is one of the most talented crime writers alive.” (The Washington Post). Don't miss Tana French's newest novel, The Trespasser, available now

Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy plays by the book and plays hard. That's why he's the Dublin Murder Squad's top detective, and that's what puts the biggest case of the year 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. 

Winner of Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143123309
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Dublin Murder Squad Series , #4
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 64,383
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tana French is also the author of In the WoodsThe LikenessFaithful PlaceBroken HarborThe Secret Place, and The Trespasser. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.

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Broken Harbor: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Tana French and have long felt she has only gotten better with each "Dublin Squad" novel--"Faithful Place" is outstanding and one of the best books I've read in the last decade. I waited very impatiently for two years for the new installment--but I cannot rate "Harbor" above three stars. On the PLUS side: ***An incredibly creepy crime and once the novel reveals the reasons behind it--OMG; I'm reeling. ***French's uncanny knack for language and dialogue--she is superb in making her characters HEARD. She is cinematic in her use of language. The DOWN side: ***While I have always loved French's technique of centering a novel around a character previously introduced in a previous novel--Scorcher may have not been the best choice. He's so patently unlikeable, so smug, pretentious and judgemental that [SPOILER-ISH]even when he does get his comeuppance--it wasn't enough. While "Faithful's" Frank is a hard man to like, his charm and inner vulnerablity carry him; even Rob from the first novel is more grabbing than Scorcher. NO character caught me; NO character made me care enough...the Spain family, yes...but not the major characters. PLEASE bring back Cassie or Frank! ***Scorcher's crazy sister is so horrible I couldn't get past her but even she didn't make me care enough about Scorcher. I wanted her GONE. ***TOO much repetitive conversation with the partner, witnesses--it just drags; by page 200 you've read the same speculation and theories to the point of screaming; unlike the other novels, the dysfunctional family backstory just is not intriguing. I could not care about Kennedy's family (although it explained a lot about him) and felt it simply took away from the main crime. Editing? Probably needs more. I LOVE Tana French--just not this book--but I will wait, impatiently, for book four--like I said--can we find out what Cassie and/or Frank are doing??
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
With 'Broken Harbor', Tana French has once again brought us a thrilling police procedural with lots of 'crazy' psychological turns and twists. Veteran detective , 'Scorcher' and his new rookie detective, Richie, explore means and methods of working togetherness to solve a terrible tragedy. The 'perfect' couple, with their 6 year old Emma, and 3 year old Jack, have been living in the partially developed 'Broken Harbor' by the sea for about a year when their tragedies strikes them. At first it's builders going broke after just starting a new community development. Most of their houses are empty or not completed. All the extras---shops, parks, community centers---have not even begun to be built. But the Spaines and their two children find themselves living there in their new 'dream house' that is anything but a dream. Eventually more tragedy strikes and our story begins with two dead children in their beds, and a bloody mess in the kitchen, where Patrick lies dead with his barely alive wife curled up beside him. Tana French expertly uses today's headlines to develop her psychological story line. Builders going broke, homes empty, job loses becoming more prevalent amongst the 'climbing' middle classes, and message boards on computers becoming the primary source for information, communications, and the hope of helpful comforting solutions to life's problems. Mix this case in with a developing working relationship with a veteran and rookie cop, add in a less than admirable fellow officer, plus a large dose of our veteran cop's nearly psychotic sister, and top it off with a stalking 'best friend'. What do you have? Another winning read from Tana French!! Be prepared to keep reading till you complete this book once you open the first pages. I was on page 100 before I realized that we'd not even left the scene of the crime yet, and I was loving it!!
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book. Kept me entertained all the way.
MargiOR More than 1 year ago
I would give five stars to each of the three previous Tana French books and really looked forward to Broken Harbor. It was a disappointment, a waste of money and precious time. I only kept going because it was Tana French, after all. I skimmed over pages and pages of dialogue that didn't go anywhere and more pages and pages of the animal in the attic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down...just brilliant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like Denise Mina, French creates incredibly real characters, pokes at big questions about life and human nature, includes intense psychological drama in an enthralling story. A complete book. Very good literature first and then a crime novel. I have read all her books. I recommend every one. I could hardly wait for this book which is as great as the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love a good mystery anytime and the subject matter seemed interesting but in the end it was dissatisfying and a let down. The plot kept building but it never fulfilled its promise. Very disappointing and not sure what the whole point was. Don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read ms. French's previous books and loved them. I was very bored with broken harbor. Couldnt wait til the end so it'd be over.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy is the top detective in the Murder Squad. He is now partnered with rookie Richie Curran, just out of uniform. Kennedy has dropped down to #2 in solve rates in his department. Then he is handed what should be a dream case. Patrick Spain and his two children are found dead in one of the half-built/half abandoned "luxury developments" in a place called Brainstown. His wife Jenny is in intensive care. What was first thought to be an easy case turns out to be a lot harder when too many clues can't be explained. The neighborhood used to be called Broken Harbor and Kennedy's family has a little history with the place. His sister Dina freaks out when she sees the case on the news. She is remembering something about the summer they spent there as kids. Something "Scorcher" thought was deeply buried. Kennedy has his hands full as he tries to solve the case and keep his sister safe and out of trouble. I was so looking forward to reading this book. It really had me well past halfway but then it just seemed to fall apart. This book is a police procedural type story which I usually find very interesting. This one started really good but after the middle is really started to drag and got boring. Yes, boring. I found myself barely skimming through the pages just to get to the end. I had figured out who-dun-it very early on and all the dialogue, tons of dialogue was just filling pages to tell readers what we already knew. Then at the end there were still so many questioned answered. Almost 500 pages and we are left to wonder about so much. What really upset me was when the lead character started to make some choices a man in his position would never make. A law and order guy would not risk his career this way. As far as the other characters, his other sister Geri just seems to be too lackadaisical about their sister, Dina, with the mental heath issues. Dina was just plain annoying. My verdict is still out on the rookie Curran, he could develop into a solid character in a future installment. I have enjoyed other French novels and by the end of this one I was even questioning if she had really written this story. I got to the end and realized I really knew nothing about Mike Kennedy. The man had absolutely no real back story. His life was his job occasionally uninterrupted by his crazy sister. I know Tana French is a much better writer than this and I hope her next book is shorter and full of the dynamic characters and the thrills I know she can deliver.
joansie More than 1 year ago
French is an excellent writer.  Perfect ear fro dialogue, interesting plot.  She kept me to the end on a rainy afternoon.  But, like Donna Tartt, French needs an editor with more control over the material.  I figured out who dunnit  way sooner than I should have, and some situations were enlarged upon to the point of agony for the reader.  The wild animal, the details of Conor's infatuation,s, every detail was  worked to death.  This could have been a much stronger book with proper tightening.  But for  French's organizational sense, her sharp ear for dialogue, and her general all around talent, Broken Harbor gets three stars from me.  
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
BROKEN HARBOR (Dublin Murder Squad, 4) by Tana French is mystery/psychological thriller writing at its best. Ms. French’s books are mesmerizing, raw, suspenseful and multi-layered. Her characters, plot and ‘sense of place’ are exquisite. Characters from previous ‘cases’ seem to pop up in different settings and circumstances. This is different from spotlighting one particular detective or department. The first person narratives add drama, also. One sees how all people are connected in various ways and at different levels. I am ‘hooked’ and begin my 5th Dublin Murder Squad title tomorrow!
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One of the worst books i ve ever read do not waste your time
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SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Got this book at the thrift store for $1......I was ripped off! I've read her others and liked them but this one was a waste of my time and I'm retired!!!
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Fourth in the series, she evojes a tremendous sense of place, of longing and into her charachters souls,
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