In the third installment of the Irish detective mystery, French follows Det. Sgt. Francis (Frank) Mackey who ran the undercover operation in The Likeness. In the former, you knew that Mackey's marriage was over and that he was a hard man. He admits it here and links all his failed relationships to Faithful Place, the tenement-like development on the wrong side of the river in Dublin. He, his 4 siblings, abusive mother, and alcoholic father shared a two room apartment. The father, always out of work and drunk is physically abusive to all, unhappy with his life. The mother, unhappy with the choices she made, takes it out on the kids. Frank, desperate to stop the cycle, makes a choice with his first love Rose Daly...to run away to England and become roadies.
But on that fateful night, Rose never shows up. He finds a note saying she's left for England and assumes that Rose left w/o him. This rejection, he blames on his family and their nefarious reputation in the 'hood. So he leaves anyway. 22 years later, Frank admits that his failed relationships all come down to the fact that he's waiting for Rose to return. But she doesn't. Because she can't. Her suitcase and tickets are found in a one of the broken down units the kids always hung out in. It's fairly obvious that Rose never left Faithful Place. But when her body is found, he has no choice but to finally return "home" and face ever bad memory he has. His older siblings are more bitter, the younger ones doing ok, the parents worse than ever. But when his younger brother Kevin is found having plummeted to his death out of the same unit that Rose's body is found, Frank has to come to face facts: Rose's murder is Kevin's and he is still a threat. But can he accept the source of the threat? Or is the source all too believable? French continues to shine with her thorough analysis into human nature.
The hotly anticipated third novel of the Dublin murder squad from the New York Times bestselling author
Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and living crammed into a small flat with his family on Faithful Place. But he had his sights set on a lot more. He and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together, get married, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.
But on the winter night when 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. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, 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.
Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.