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Faithful Place (Hardcover)

Author:  Tana French
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0670021873
ISBN-13: 9780670021871
Sku: 212710913
Publish Date: 7/13/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  400
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was 19, growing up poor in Dublin''s inner city, and he and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together. But on the night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie vanished. Twenty-two years later, Rosie''s suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.
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Tanya French delivers another spectacular thriller with FAITHFUL PLACE, her third novel. More than 20 years ago Frank Mackey left home. His plan was to run away with his girlfriend, Rosie, but she didn't show up at their appointed meeting place and he figured she'd changed her mind. Frank left anyway, moving away from his rough Dublin neighborhood, starting over, and becoming a cop. Now news surfaces indicating that Rosie didn't just change her mind...that something much worse happened. Frank wants to discover the truth behind Rosie's disappearance, but that means he must return to the city he left in the dust, to the people he turned his back on. He must look his dysfunctional family in the eye and take on some of Dublin's toughest individuals. But Frank is on a mission, and with French at the helm, readers won't want to miss a beat of his suspenseful homecoming. Selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book.
Author Bio
Tana French
Since publishing IN THE WOODS (2007), which garnered a prestigious Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, Tana French has become known for her dark and disturbing psychological thrillers. Although she was born in Vermont, the future writer spent her early years in a variety of locales, including Italy and Malawi, thanks to her father's work as an economist. In 1990 she settled in Dublin, where she earned a degree in acting from Trinity College. She then embarked on a busy career on the Irish stage and also found voiceover and television jobs. She has described that period as excellent training for her later work as a writer. "For years, my job as an actor was to create a character--hopefully a full, three-dimensional character--and spend hours a day operating completely from her perspective, bringing an audience into her world." she told one interviewer. "Writing is just an extension of that process, I play my narrator on paper, rather than on stage, but the mental process is the same." One day, while between dramatic roles, French was indulging her longtime interest in archaeology by working on a dig. The surrounding woods, she reflected, would be a tempting place for children to play. Allowing her thoughts to wander, she imagined a scenario in which three children went into the woods, but only one--traumatized and wearing shoes filled with blood--emerged. That scenario, which she scribbled on a piece of paper, became the basis for IN THE WOODS, whose narrator is Rob Ryan, a Dublin homicide detective. French's subsequent books are narrated by various other members of Dublin's tight-knit "murder squad." The novels have been widely praised for their local color and attention to detail and have led some critics to call French the "queen of Irish crime fiction."
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Expert Review Faithful Place by Tana French - Book Review
By: Jack Goodstein Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 6/29/2010 2:01 AM
What Ian Rankin has been doing for Edinburgh, Tana French is doing for Dublin. Its pubs and tenements, its back yard gardens with converted jacks, and newly gentrified neighborhoods provide a setting that is as much a dynamic cityscape for the mayhem of her thrillers, as the alleys and landmarks of Edinburgh do for the investigations of Inspector Rebus. The Dublin of her crime fiction has the kind of impact that Dublin has in the stories of James Joyce: the rundown fair in "Araby" and the laundry in "Clay." French's Dublin is city that grabs its inhabitants by the scruff and holds on to them. If as Heraclitus has said character is fate, Dublin's fair city is clearly where that character is created....read the full review

Praise

"French's writing remains brilliant, and her dialogue is sharp, often lacerating, and sometimes mordantly funny. FAITHFUL PLACE is her best book yet." (starred review) - Thomas Gaughan 05/01/2010

"In French's previous two novels -- the mesmerizing IN THE WOODS and THE LIKENESS -- and now with her third, FAITHFUL PLACE, she has introduced the insolvable and the uncertain into the rigorous mathematics of the detective story; she's the Kurt Gödel of crime fiction....French's hypnotic storytelling remains in full force in this novel...." - Laura Miller 07/04/2010

"[E]xpertly rendered, gripping...." - Janet Maslin 07/11/2010

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0400
Product attributePublisher:   Viking Books
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