Tana French is the author of The Searcher, In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, The Secret Place, The Trespasser and The Witch Elm. 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.
A brilliant new work of suspense from "the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years." (Washington Post) Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect… MoreBuy
This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet...its own kind of masterpiece.
Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
The west of Ireland looked good to Cal Hooper on the internet. But now that he’s living there, the rugged beauty of the region overwhelms him, as it will anyone reading Tana French’s The Searcher, an audacious departure for this immensely talented author… Not to be missed.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times
French's writing here is on fire. Eerie and nuanced and spellbinding.
French avoids the fireworks of conventional crime fiction, instead taking a classic setup—the lone outsider revealing the dark side of a small town—and imbuing it with simmering menace. There’s also an unexpectedly moving friendship and storytelling so atmospheric you can practically smell the peat bogs.
Nuanced and compelling.
The New Yorker
Vivid and poetic.
French takes this standalone novel at a measured pace, easing readers into Cal's quiet life before the thrills unravel.
The Searcher feels different from French’s previous books—there’s a sparseness to the setting that contrasts with the bustle of the Dublin Murder Squad, or even the gathered family in The Witch Elm—but is no less addictive; the pages practically turn themselves.
The Seattle Times
A creepy slow burn that focuses just as much on the central characters’ inner lives as on the mystery at the heart of the story . . .packed full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals.
The queen of crime returns with a thriller about a retired Chicago police officer who discovers the sinister underbelly of a seemingly quaint Irish town.