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Detective Antoinette Conway is doubly unique on the Dublin murder squad: She's the only mixed-race detective and the only woman. This is a terrific mystery couched in a social, political dilemma. Detective Conway is defensive and guarded, but ultimately proves to be a good detective with a loyal partner after the two close a murder case with many implications.

-Recommended by Kim

— From December 2016 Staff Picks

Tana French’s “The Trespasser” is a terrific mystery couched in a social, political dilemma and set in the fraught world of Antoinette Conway, a biracial female detective navigating a white, male-dominated Irish police department. Embedded in the story is a compelling murder mystery that explores the psychology and motives behind murder. 

The victim in this case is picture-perfect in every aspect, from her “Pottery Barn catalogue decorated home” to her Barbie Doll looks. But what is under that make-up? Who is she? Why would anyone want her dead? Nothing is as it appears. Detective Conway is defensive and guarded, but proves effective. She and her loyal partner attempt to close the murder case, which has many implications.

“The Trespasser” is Tana French’s sixth mystery novel and the second story following the fierce Detective Conway. All French’s novels take place within the Dublin Murder Squad, and many of the books have won prestigious awards. For fans of mystery, French is a must-read.

- Recommended by Kim

— From Book reviews: Mysteries perfect for heart of winter


New York Times bestselling author Tana French is "required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting" (The New York Times). She "inspires cultic devotion in readers" (The New Yorker) and is "the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years" (Washington Post).

"Atmospheric and unputdownable." --People

An Amazon Best Book of the Year

In bestselling Tana French's newest "tour de force" (The New York Times), being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point.

Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her--except that Antoinette's seen her somewhere before.

And that her death won't stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn's boyfriend, fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. Aislinn's friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.

Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can't tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?

About the Author

Tana French is also the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor and The Secret Place. 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780670026333
ISBN-10: 0670026336
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 464
Language: English