Faithful Place: A Novel (Paperback)

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How
did I miss Tana French? Think Frank McCourt and Henning Mankell and you’ll have
some idea of what awaits you at Faithful Place. Set in a
poverty-stricken section of Dublin, this is mystery and love story, family saga
and police procedural, all the while managing to be both heart-breaking and
wryly comedic.  The writing took my
breath away—I can see the street, hear the characters as Frank from the Dublin
Undercover squad returns after 22 years to his family and the scene of the
disappearance of his first love on the night they were to run away to
London.  Remember those books where you
slowed down towards the end because even though you had to know how they ended,
you didn’t want them to? This is one of those.

— Mary

Summer '11 Reading Group List


“Faithful Place by Tana French is just plain good storytelling. Frank, an undercover cop, is dragged back into his complicated and violent personal past by a shocking discovery, and as a result finds himself at the center of a riveting tale about family and how even loving relationships can turn destructive. The importance of Dublin as a setting - both in the present and recent past - can't be overlooked as French makes the city a living, breathing character lurking in the back ground of this compelling tale.”
— Charlotte Tuinman, M is for Mystery, San Mateo, CA

July 2010 Indie Next List


“Faithful Place by Tana French is just plain good storytelling. Frank, an undercover cop, is dragged back into his complicated and violent personal past by a shocking discovery, and as a result finds himself at the center of a riveting tale about family and how even loving relationships can turn destructive. The importance of Dublin as a setting - both in the present and recent past - can't be overlooked as French makes the city a living, breathing character lurking in the back ground of this compelling tale.”
— Charlotte Tuinman, M is for Mystery, San Mateo, CA

Description


From Tana French, author of The Witch Elm, “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post), the bestseller called “the most stunning of her books” (The New York Times) and a finalist for the Edgar Award. 

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping hisi family's cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not.

About the Author


Tana French is also the author of In the WoodsThe LikenessFaithful PlaceBroken Harbor, The 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.

Praise For…


“Tana French’s mysteries are like big old trees: the deeper their roots, the more luxurious the foliage they wave in your face.”
--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
 
“French does something fresh with every novel, each one as powerful as the last but in a very different manner. Perhaps she has superpowers of her own? Whatever the source of her gift, it’s only growing more miraculous with every book.”
--Laura Miller, Salon.com
 
“An expertly rendered, gripping new novel”
--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“Irish writer Tana French hit the big time with her stunning cop-drama debut, “In the Woods,” and followed it with an equally brilliant book, “The Likeness.” Both demonstrated French’s gift for merging the best traits of the crime genre with the compassionate insights and nimble prose associated with “serious” literature. A third dazzler, “Faithful Place,” puts Detective Frank Mackey, a supporting actor from “The Likeness,” front and center.”
--The Seattle Times
 
“French’s emotionally searing third novel of the Dublin Murder Squad (after The Likeness) shows the Irish author getting better with each book.”
--Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
 
“[French] revisits, evocatively and lyrically, themes she's used before: love, loss, memory, murder, and life in modern Ireland. French's writing remains brilliant, and her dialogue is sharp, often lacerating, and sometimes mordantly funny. Faithful Place is her best book yet.”
--Booklist (starred review)
 
“The charming narrative will leave readers begging for a sequel.”
--Kirkus Reviews
 
“Powerful...An authentic Irish heartbreaker”
--The Star-Ledger (Newark)
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143119494
ISBN-10: 0143119494
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 28th, 2011
Pages: 432
Language: English