The Likeness by Tana French
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The haunting follow up to the Edgar Award-winning debut In the Woods

Tana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods. Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? A disturbing tale of shifting identities, The Likeness firmly establishes Tana French as an important voice in suspense fiction. And look for French's other mysteries In the Woods, Faithful PlaceBroken Harbor, and The Secret Place for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Tana French's newest novel, The Secret Place, will be published by Viking on September 2nd, 2014.
 

About Tana French

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Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. This is her first book.
 
Published July 17, 2008 by Penguin Books. 492 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Cassie became a college student named Alexandra Madison in the course of a long investigation that left Cassie with stab wounds and nightmares.

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And in a recent issue of The New Yorker magazine (August 11 & 18, 2008) there was a profile of Frédéric Bourdin, a man who impersonated children until he was thirty years old and even spent months living with a family, pretending to be their lost child.

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But Cassie's old line of work beckons when the body of a young woman turns up - a woman who not only looks just like Cassie, but had adopted the identity of Lexie Madison, a fictional junkie Cassie had "played" during an undercover operation years before.

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Stymied in the investigation, Frank convinces first Sam and then Cassie that the only way to find out what happened is to send Cassie undercover as Lexie.

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Book Reporter

What draws Maddox into the investigation, however, is that she bears an almost identical likeness to Maddox and is going by the name of Alexandra Madison, which Maddox herself used some years before when she was assigned to undercover duty.

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Entertainment Weekly

Soon, Maddox infiltrates the dead girl's home — inhabited by four roommates and surrounded by suspicious neighbors — to find the killer.

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USA Today

Irish writer Tana French's In The Woods, about three missing children, recently won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

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Bestsellersworld

When a body is found, Detective Sam O’Neill cannot believe how much the victim looked like his girlfriend, Detective Cassie Maddox.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Her debut novel, Into the Woods, was a police procedural about two cops earning their sea legs in the Dublin Murder Squad, but the relationship between Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, was so finely drawn that it could have just as well been simply about the difficulties of platonic frien...

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Tampa Bay Times

The Dublin detective is handed the strangest of cases: A young woman is found dead, and she so closely resembles Cassie that Cassie's cop boyfriend, who arrives at the scene, is shaken to the core before he realizes the victim isn't his beloved.

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Bookmarks Magazine

… But Cassie herself remains a strong enough character to sustain interest, even if many of her observations … have a vague, hazy quality" Janet Maslin Washington Post 3 of 5 Stars "For The Likeness, [French] has brought back detective Cassie Maddox and fashioned a plot that harks back to bo...

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Knox News

French picks up with police detective Cassandra Maddox getting called out to a murder scene and discovers that the victim is her doppelganger and living under the name Alexandra "Lexie" Madison, the same fake name Cassie used to infiltrate a drug ring years before.

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Marie Claire

Not forever, but for two months—you're with your friends, you cook dinner every night, drink wine, play house .

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