The Trespasser by Tana French
A Novel

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21 Critic Reviews

This is less a thriller than an analytical study of the complexities of crime detection and the importance of the human link between those who comprise the Murder Squad.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

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,”* 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 Tana French

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Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. This is her first book.
 
Published October 4, 2016 by Viking. 456 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Trespasser
All: 21 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
on Jul 19 2016

Respect is owed to French for making her interrogation scenes good enough to really spike your blood pressure, but the magic of previous installments is missing.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Oct 07 2016

The underlying themes of loyalty and how far one should go to protect a person are what makes this entry worthy of French’s prodigious talents, though Conway isn’t her best conduit.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Oct 05 2016

“The Trespasser” is brisk but not breathless. It would be a pity if Ms. French raced through such beautifully conceived and executed material.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on Oct 07 2016

Perhaps a bit too much exposition takes place in conversation: French relies on long interviews with witnesses and suspects. But she also keeps things moving at a snappy pace, and even when you figure out who did it, you still have no idea how Conway is going to prove it.

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Washington Times

Above average
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Sep 29 2016

This is less a thriller than an analytical study of the complexities of crime detection and the importance of the human link between those who comprise the Murder Squad.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Steph Cha on Oct 14 2016

French is one of the best thinkers and best plotters in the business, and she sells narrative control as a motivating force just as strong and concrete as love or greed. She knows how to take a fluttering concept and pin it, nice and tight, to a dead body.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Erik Spanberg on Oct 18 2016

In a dizzying, claustrophobic finale that manages to turn a small staff meeting into a nerve-wracking event, “The Trespasser” comes to a conclusion that satisfies because of its melancholy lack of finality.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Good
Reviewed by Anita Felicelli on Oct 24 2016

If occasionally more self-conscious than the rest of “Dublin Murder Squad,” the novel also reads like its zenith — a culmination of the thinking that must have gone into earlier books. It shouldn’t be missed.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Below average
Reviewed by Robert Croan on Oct 23 2016

The tale itself is compelling, and the solution is quite interesting — morally and intellectually. Getting there, however, is so slow and laden with minutiae, that by the time we learn who did the deed, it doesn’t seem to matter quite as much as we might have been led to expect.

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20Something Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 07 2016

There is a lot of dialogue here, but it's all for a reason. Those expecting explosions and karate should look elsewhere; if you want a finely written, literate police procedural with a crime of passion thrown in for the same price, you will find THE TRESPASSER to be just the berries.

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Jacksonville.com

Above average
on Nov 13 2016

The portrayal of intra-squad workplace politics is another series strength that is on special display. For an established fan of the series, this is a worthwhile entry.

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Post and Courier

Good
Reviewed by Christina Ledbetter on Oct 16 2016

French not only spins a twisty cop tale, she also encases it in meticulous prose, creating a read that is as elegant as it is dark.

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The Coast

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Jones on Oct 24 2016

Six suspense novels in, French is a master craftswoman, her engineering of character and story unimpeachable, her grasp of criminal investigation protocol and detective psychology formidable. When I thought I’d discovered a loophole in the plot, I got to within 20 pages of the ending and found it closed, neat as you like.

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Shelf Awareness

Above average
Reviewed by Julia Jenkins on Sep 14 2016

It is a testament to French's talent that she more than matches her established achievements in characterization, dialogue, atmosphere and detailed setting, while also surprising her reader at every turn.

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ReviewingtheEvidence.com

Above average
Reviewed by Jim Napier on Dec 01 2016

...is not a structure that will appeal to all readers. That said, the entire novel is exquisitely handled. A contemporary hard-boiled, THE TRESPASSER is a classic depiction of a feisty cop with a chip on her shoulder who finds herself immersed in a quagmire of mutual distrust...

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Star-Telegram

Good
Reviewed by DAVID MARTINDALE on Oct 24 2016

The real attraction, as with previous books in the series, is French’s complex, deeply flawed detectives and her hard-boiled yet poetic way with words.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Oct 07 2016

The Trespasser shows French to be a one-off phenomenon. Her only problem now is whether the intoxicating creation of Antoinette Conway challenges her to abandon her policy of cop rotation next time round.

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Above average
Reviewed by Annie Metcalf on Oct 04 2016

Though it may not pack the same emotional punch as other French titles, The Trespasser delivers a great detective team in Conway and Moran and a satisfyingly dramatic conclusion. This is an intense and engrossing installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series.

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Above average
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on Oct 24 2016

Readers understand and embrace her work; it’s time for more of the people who review books and award prizes to rethink the cliches about genres and recognize the excellence — the literary excellence — of her work.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Ashley McCall on Nov 21 2016

You care about every character, from the most innocuous to the most despicable, because nothing in Tana French’s world, much as in the real world, is as simple as it seems. The Trespasser may very well be the strongest novel Tana French has ever written. Buy it. Read it. Love it.

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Good
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on Oct 20 2016

Readers understand and embrace her work; it’s time for more of the people who review books and award prizes to rethink the cliches about genres and recognize the excellence — the literary excellence — of her work.

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