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congratulations semifinalist in goodreads best mystery thriller category 2016 my very one sided love affair with tana french continues to me, each book in this loosely connected series has been better than the one before however, The Secret Place was a little bit of a hiccup for me in terms of this oft expressed declaration it was definitely not better than Broken Harbor which might be my all time favorite the teenspeak got to me a bit and view spoiler it was the first time she de congratulations semifinalist in goodreads best mystery thriller category 2016 my very one sided love affair with tana french continues to me, each book in this loosely connected series has been better than the one before however, The Secret Place was a little bit of a hiccup for me in terms of this oft expressed declaration it was definitely not better than Broken Harbor which might be my all time favorite the teenspeak got to me a bit and view spoiler it was the first time she decided hey, let s throw in some supernatural stuff because i m tana freaking french and i can do no wrong hide spoiler but that element kind of threw me for a loop and i didn t think it was successful however, with this book, she is back in full force, and i msmitten than ever.what s so great about her is that she is proficient nay, masterful at every aspect of her craft so it looks good from every angle and there s literally something for everyone there s an intriguing central puzzle for the mystery fans, her characters are original and deeply constructed for the literary fiction fans, she is excellent at controlling the pacing so it s neither too slow for a beach read nor too zippy if you want to become deeply immersed in a plot, it s spooky and suspenseful and smart and so, so funny.and her descriptions it s like being there with all your senses engaged In the Castle grounds the street lamps are still on, but the city is lightening, barely, into something sort of like morning It s not raining which is good somewhere across the river there could be shoe prints waiting for us, or cigarette butts with DNA on them but it s freezing and damp, a fine haze haloing the lamps, the kind of damp that soaks in and settles till you feel like your bones are colder than the air around you The early cafes are opening the air smells of frying sausages and bus fumes.there s nothing phoned in to her books, not ever she always delivers the most satisfyingly chewy reading experiences.and she s outdone herself with her central character this time we met detective conway in The Secret Place, and we all loved her brash, no nonsense toughness and now that she s teamed up with detective stephen moran of both place novels faithful and secret , it s just the best gooey icing these two are perfect working partners they get each other and they click in that perfect complementary sherlock and watson way, playing to each others strengths and attuned to each others body language and thought processes despite seeming, on the surface, to be complete opposites moran is easygoing and affable and gets along with everyone, while conway well, she s been having a rough time ever since she transferred from missing persons to the murder squad part of it is her being the only woman, part is her vague ethnicity she never knew her father, but he was evidently on the darker side of the skin tone spectrum , and part of it is her standoffish attitude it s a chicken egg situation she s been the victim of cruel pranks, shut out from cases, subjected to sexist and racist remarks, and had her own cases actively sabotaged, but it s unclear whether her treatment from the boys club murder squad is a response to her fuck off attitude or its cause in any event, it has created a toxic working environment where the only ally she has is her partner, and she has to work twice as hard as everyone else investigating murders while also making sure she remembers to bring her coffee with her when she leaves the room in case she comes back to find someone has spit in it this additional layer of wariness has taken its toll on her already cranky personality, with all that unnecessary stress and doubt and apprehension clouding her judgment Two years of watching my back, watching every step and every word, in fight mode all day every day my instincts are fried to smoking wisps.and for a detective, instinct is the most important sense so when she and moran are handed what appears to be a clear cut case of a lover s fight turned deadly, but which becomes murkier and murkier thethey uncover, and when certain members of their squad seem overly involved with the investigation steering them towards certain angles and away from others, it doesn t take long for conway s justifiable suspicion of everyone to turn into aemphatic paranoia the tension is built perfectly since we are seeing everything through conway s perspective, we re always right there with her second guessing what s really going on what s a trap, what s a too easy solution, when the other shoe is going to drop it is a very intense and claustrophobic experience it takes a special kind of narrator to be angry at so many different things at once Domestics are mostly slam dunks the question isn t whether you can arrest your guy, or girl, it s whether you can build a case that ll hold up in court A lot of people love that it pretties up your solve rate, looks good to the brass but not me it means domestics get you fuck all respect from the squad, where I could do with it, because everyone knows the solve came easy Which is also the other reason they piss me off they ve got a whole special level of idiotic all to themselves You take out your wife or your husband or your Shag of the Day, what the fuck do you think is gonna happen We re gonna be standing there with our mouths open, scratching our heads at the mind blowing mystery of it all, Duh, I dunno, musta been the MafiaSurprise we re gonna go straight for you, the evidence is gonna pile up way over your head, and you re gonna wind up with a life sentence If you want to kill someone, have enough respect for my time to make it someone, anyone, other than the most gobsmackingly obvious person in the world.how do you not fall in love with her hers is an incandescent, bitingly expressed brand of anger, in which everyone except moran is a target at some point but man does she hate rory, the wishy washy nice guy main suspect in his girlfriend aislinn s murder, and his cowering, floppy haired meekness I m amazed this guy manages to get out of bed in the morning without working himself into a panic attack over the chance that he might trip on the bath mat and stab himself through the eye socket with his toothbrush and be left with a permanent twitch that ll ruin his chances of landing an airplane safely if the pilot has a heart attack and doom hundreds to a fiery death.which is ironic, in a way conway detests dreamy people an attribute both the victim and suspect share What if maybe crap is for weak people It belongs to the ones who don t have the strength to make actual situations go their way, so they have to hide away in daydreams where they can play at controlling what comes next And that makes them even weaker.but we re usually the most disgusted by those weaknesses of others that reflect our own weaknesses and insecurities conway is anything but weak, but the particulars of her position in the squad have made her susceptible to the very same daydreams in her case, speculations and paranoia rather than slappy happy fantasies as rory she doesn t clock the parallel herself, but it s there it s a current underneath everything she does, putting up her guard, making sure her notes are locked up and her browser cleared always anticipating an attack, which is the darker side of the what if maybe impulse.as with all her novels, tana french shines in the way she understands and portrays the innerworkings of the justice system the way crimes are investigated, the hierarchies within the various divisions, the relationships between detectives and their informants and the press, the slippery nature of undercover work, and her meticulous detailing of the process of everything from interviewing witnesses to paperwork, somehow making it fascinating and also surprising, even to people who have watched wayyyy too many crime dramas in their lifetimes.this kind of detailing is a very smart method of adding depth to characterization through a backdoor, without having to go full on exposition, and it s another example of how she s so damn good at what she does in descriptions like this, we get unexpected insight into conway, who has left the missing persons squad behind for the bigger flash of murder, despite what it is costing her, psychologically Missing Persons isn t like Murder In Missing Persons, you don t work your case aiming to take down a bad guy you work it aiming to get a happy ending If it even looks like there might be a bad guy to take down, mostly it s not your problem anysay a body shows up looking dodgy, you hand it straight over to Murder You can go your entire career without ever using your handcuffs That attracts a whole different type from Murder or Sex Crime, the squads where your mind is focused on the kill shot and happy endings aren t on the menu, and it makes for a whole different atmosphere.there is a scene in which conway has to contact her old boss from missing persons and it s just so powerfully bittersweet a moment it hits the reader with the full force of the professional, respectful environment she s left behind, where she was valued, to drag herself into a horrible atmosphere every day knowing she ssuited to the work, even if she s not getting the credit she deserves, which knowledge is no comfort at all.a final word on partnership seriously conway and moran are perfection together and despite her feelings on what if maybes, conway does get a little starry eyed over stephen not romantically, thank god, but in her own distinctive way Once or twiceI caught myself daydreaming like a sappy teenager about our future together about someday when we would get the decent cases, the genius plans we d dream up to trap the cunning psychos, the interrogations that would go down in squad history.that s the apogee of infatuation for our dear antoinette conway.and it s perfect.i m a little sad that i know how unlikely it is that we ll ever get another conway driven novel from tana french, considering her MO of mixing up narrators with each book she was so appealing to me, and the whole trajectory of this book, being immersed in an escalating sense of dread and feeling increasingly unmoored and suspicious of everyone was exhilarating and exhausting all at once i loved every minute of it.a must read, people.thanks a million to anmiryam thank goodness for book angels review to come ohhhh book angels please shower me with blessings blessings shaped like this book come to my blog What does a star rating mean Does it mean this is a work of greatness, that deserves to be read by every generation That each word is empathetically chosen, each sentence crafted, each paragraph placed with an eye to flow That through metaphor, symbolism and theme it exposes the reader to some kind of truthThat it inspires a passionate response That at this moment, Iloved it That it made me happy At the end of the day, it doesn t matter how many stars I give The Trespasser It wrung me What does a star rating mean Does it mean this is a work of greatness, that deserves to be read by every generation That each word is empathetically chosen, each sentence crafted, each paragraph placed with an eye to flow That through metaphor, symbolism and theme it exposes the reader to some kind of truthThat it inspires a passionate response That at this moment, Iloved it That it made me happy At the end of the day, it doesn t matter how many stars I give The Trespasser It wrung me out like a three day fight, playing me like an old lover, an old enemy, hinting in exactly the right ways, saying the right words, pausing at the best movement, to achieve their ends I found myself reading every word, but forcing myself to occasionally pause, to breathe to consciously unclench the tense muscles in my neck and arms I found myself becoming generally, non specifically angry, just like Antionette striding through the squad room, defensive, irritable, ready to lash out at annoyances Did I enjoy the experience Not particularly It was notpleasurable to be in such an angry person s head Was I able to break free Not particularly Common sense was able kick in, three hours into reading and only an hour or two to go before bed I knew there was no way on earth I d be able to sleep with rage like that simmering below the the surface.Does evoking strong emotion make it a good book The second evening I read, I hadtime, a little less anxiety I knew I d be finishing far before bed And I might of peeked at the ending, because French is one of the authors I can t quite trust she plays by different authorial rules I haven t forgotten her first book, In the Woods.Does unpredictability make it a good book I did notice as I often do in a French book that I stuttered on her mechanisms, the details of her plotting I realized even as I read it that a particular device was used to allow the plot to go the direction it did It felt a little obvious, maybe even a little cheap, but like the old, old lover friend enemy who knows where each button is and how to best employ it, it didn t matter I still finished the story exhausted, relieved, drained.Does obvious make it a bad book Less good I can t even think answer these questions of scale What am I comparing it to The greatest books that exist French s best work That paint by numbers mystery I read last week and said IlikedThe words like, love, seem ridiculously weak Did it pull me out of the world, move me to black and blue, into a night long, bleary eyed wheel of emotion All the stars You can assume all italicized words are said with emphasis, hand waving drama and occasionally some irritable sarcasm Sometimes the hand waving may come close to the side of your head if you are especially obstinate So pleased with my reread of this one I definitely appreciated itthe second time around, and it satiated my police procedural need for the moment I m left wondering if she ll come back to the series based on the ending of this one it could go either way, but I m unsure who the focus would be on moving forward All in all, another fab read from Tana French The Trespasser by Tana French is a 2016 Viking publication Sophisticated, breathlessly paced, and absolutely riveting Antoinette Conway and her partner Steve Moran are tossed a case involving a young woman named Aislinn, whose body was found after a punch to the face caused her to fall and hit her head, killing her Initially believing they ve been assigned yet another routine case, they soon find themselves burdened with another,seasoned detective, called in to help them work the case The Trespasser by Tana French is a 2016 Viking publication Sophisticated, breathlessly paced, and absolutely riveting Antoinette Conway and her partner Steve Moran are tossed a case involving a young woman named Aislinn, whose body was found after a punch to the face caused her to fall and hit her head, killing her Initially believing they ve been assigned yet another routine case, they soon find themselves burdened with another,seasoned detective, called in to help them work the case If that weren t frustrating enough, they are also hounded by dirty journalist who will stop at nothing to get the lowdown on their case As the pair begin to investigate, Aislinn s boyfriend, Rory, soon becomes their prime suspect However, Conway and Moran have a few alternate theories, they are batting around and want to hold off on arresting lover boy , to see what falls to earth after they shake a few trees However, the murder squad seems to be in an all fired hurry to lock Rory up and throw away the key, which raises Conway s suspicions, but then again, she is normally suspicious and paranoid, due to the chronic harassment she is subjected to The only way to survive this will be to get the case solved and find out why the brass is so keen on pinning the murder on Rory, but with Rory falling right into their hands, and the powers that be riding their tale and playing psychological games, it will take all the interrogating skills Conway has in her whole body to uncover the truth When I read In the Woods I became an instant fan of Tana French I had never encountered a crime novel written with such a profound literary prose From that point on, I couldn t wait for the next book in the series to come out Every single one has been amazing, except maybe for The Secret Place , which ironically, also features Conway and Moran While, still a very solid novel, it didn t have that same pull as previous installments and I admit I had a sliver of concern about that, but this latest installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series immediately erased all those doubts The plot is tightly woven and tense, with some of the best interrogation scenes I ve encountered in crime fiction I think the partnership between Conway and Moran is interesting and they seem to have a certain uneasy chemistry between them, that adds an element of tension and sizzle to the story We sit there, drinking, while the stuff we should probably be saying out loud get itself done in the silence Conway s internal monologues are dark and edgy, the dialogue is razor sharp, as Conway s paranoia literally leaps off the page, but she is also darkly humorous at times, and I came away with a few chuckles and some terrific phrases and colorful metaphors to try out It was about the same thing as everything else humans have done to to each other since before history began power It was about deciding who would be the alpha dogs and who would be at the bottom of the pile The pacing is one of the biggest assets in this novel, which was little longer than most thrillers, but trust me, that is a good thing The way French baited me in, time and again, toyed with my mind, slowly luring me in, until I eventually I finally took the bait hook, line and sinker, was like a cat and mouse game between author and reader The characters are so well drawn, and are given ample time to flourish, to think things out, as the case is worked like a true procedural with lots of interviews and leg work, plus the added pressure of abnormal office politics, which we all know plays a big part in police work, with everyone jockeying for position or trying to cover their own butt I absolutely loved this book and rank it right up there with the first novel, which has remained my personal favorite I love gritty, hard as nails characters and deep, twisty plots, with a climactic ending in which the irony is just divine Simply amazing After reading a Tana French novel I always feel like I ve ingested a highly addictive drug because I immediately begin to feel withdrawal symptoms French does not chuck out novels at the speed of light and sound, so the wait times in between releases can feel like an eternity, so be sure to enjoy and slowly savor every last drop of this novel I know I did 5 stars I would give it 10 if I could This is, by far, Tana French s best novel She drew me in captured every ounce of me every fiber of my being and wouldn t let go till I read the very last sentence Breathless Heart in my chest Unable to concentrate on anything but this for days Work An interruption, a bother Eating As if This Consumed Me.French perfects the Irish dialect, her prose is smart and witty Clever Extremely funny I admit that I couldn t help myself here I can 5 stars I would give it 10 if I could This is, by far, Tana French s best novel She drew me in captured every ounce of me every fiber of my being and wouldn t let go till I read the very last sentence Breathless Heart in my chest Unable to concentrate on anything but this for days Work An interruption, a bother Eating As if This Consumed Me.French perfects the Irish dialect, her prose is smart and witty Clever Extremely funny I admit that I couldn t help myself here I can put on an Irish accent and throughout the entire book, I found myself reading it in the dialect especially during the portions Steve was speaking yeah, but There were times halfway through when I was scared Terrified Projecting Imagining what was going to happen next Picturing the ABSOLUTE WORST Stomach in knots At that point, I even messaged a Goodreads friend who just finished this and told her where I was at and that I had a bad feeling All I can say is Thank god My imagination ran wild and I was WAY off course Tana French does that She leads you down a path and you think, OMG And you are wrong I was led astraytimes than I can count And, in this instance, PHEW In this novel, Tana French brings back two character from previous novels Antoinette Conway and Steve Moran Murder Detectives They just get each other Play off each other well Conway She s a tough cookie Abrasive and angry Yet funny as hell She has never had anyone to rely on And she doesn t let anyone in Not even Moran She has a cold outer shell And in Murder D She has never felt like a part of the team She is an outsider And the other Murder D s They play tricks on her and have since day one Yet Conway s sarcasm and ability to insult the other Murder D s who treat her like crap Funny as all get out Tana French had me in hysterics time and time again And Moran He is so trusting, Almost an innocent Yet GOOFY as hell And he s smart as a whip And he doesn t let Conway get away with anything I admit that I have a crush on him Always have Ever since he appeared in The Faithful Place Even though I am probably what 15 20 years older I can t help it he s adorable And he gives a sh t Love it Anyhow, I digress Together, he and Conway, they make great partners And they work a case to death Here, Conway and Moran, with the help of Senior Detective Breslin, investigate the death of Aislinn Murray, which they initially thought was a domestic disturbance gone wrong The night of her death, Aislinn was preparing a sweet meal for her new boyfriend, Rory Fallon And he becomes the prime suspect, even though there is no hard evidence against him Conway and Moran however, fail to believe he is the culprit and explore other avenues and immediately discover that things are not what they seem The paths they go down Frakking crazy We the readers are sucked in from the start While I previously would have stated that my two favorite Tana French books were In the Woods and The Secret Place, this surpasses them by MILES Here, my stomach was in knots and my heart was beating a mile a minute and I was glued to the pages Staying up as late as I could each night dying to finish This one is a roller coaster And I encourage everyone to get on it and go for a ride Published on Goodreads andon 3 2 17 While my February binge read of Tana French has reached its end, these mysteries remain some of the best novels I have read in a long while They pull key aspects of police procedurals with a dash of Irish charm and leave the reader with a sense of completion, after a drawn out story and systematic solution Picking up a few months after The Secret Place, French turns the focus onto Detective Antoinette Conway, who came from a single parent home and whose mixed race background left her feeling o While my February binge read of Tana French has reached its end, these mysteries remain some of the best novels I have read in a long while They pull key aspects of police procedurals with a dash of Irish charm and leave the reader with a sense of completion, after a drawn out story and systematic solution Picking up a few months after The Secret Place, French turns the focus onto Detective Antoinette Conway, who came from a single parent home and whose mixed race background left her feeling out of place Working the night shift with partner Stephen Moran, Conway joins him as they investigate an apparent domestic disturbance gone wrong As they arrive to begin their investigation, Conway and Moran learn a littleabout Aislinn Murray Living alone, she appeared to have been expecting someone, with the table set for a nice meal Conway soon learns that Aislinn had a new boyfriend, Rory Fallon, who had plans to meet her around the time of her murder Fallon proves less than sinister during his initial interview, though his timeline for the night of the murder is flimsy enough that he could have turned up and committed the crime before following through with date night story Turning up the pressure, in hopes of having Fallon spill, Conway gets nowhere and his forced to keep her options open.New avenues turn up potential leads, including that Aislinn apparently become fixated on her father, who disappeared from his family twenty years before After being encouraged to forge onwards, Conway is left to chase down a gang angle There is the additional angle as to why Aislinn changed her image a few years ago, dolling herself up and becomingsociable As she struggles to piece this case together, Conway receives a visit from her own father, who disappeared when she was little This interaction is nothing short of a disaster and only serves to exacerbate a sense of being unwanted Sensing parallels in her own life and Aislinn s past, Conway takes a new approach and revisits all the information that have on hand It is only then that the case takes an interesting turn and turns up ideas that were previously hidden from her investigation Filled with wonderful storytelling and an evolving narrative, French remains on the top of her game in this explosive novel, perfect for series fans and curious folk alike.All six Dublin Murder Squad novels have proven to be a delight to read, with their winding narratives and strong cast of characters The dedicated reader will see a loose formula to them, but this is not to say that it presents anything close to cookie cutter in nature Pulling the reader in to learnabout Antoinette Conway was the perfect approach for this novel, as she played a minor role previously and might have left some readers wondering about this slightly abrupt detective who allowed Stephen Moran into her case at St Kilda s see The Secret Place French develops a number of other great characters, whose banter and placement in the story help push the narrative along, sometimes in ways the reader might not expect Choice of the murder victim as well as the motive are also important to an effective story, which French has kept unique and yet timely as the series gained momentum French is always keen on adding themes, which helps add new flavour to the story and keeps me entertained as I gather the threads together The title proves to be the strongest theme for me, showing the various forms of trespassers that emerge One could easily see that the murderer proved to be the most apparent trespasser that invaded Aislinn Murray s home, entering and leaving her body strewn on the floor after a struggle Fathers to both Aislinn and Antoinette could also be seen as trespassers, having left their homes but invaded these women s minds at various points in the story s development Antoinette herself may feel like a trespasser in the Squad, as she is vilified and treated poorly by her fellow detectives, turning against the only woman investigating murders This trespasser sensation could lead her to depart, which would only fuel the rumours that Conway cannot handle the intensity of murder and the boys club that it seems to be The conscientious reader may see others, which are left to germinate for those who want a littleout of the mystery These well crafted tales are surely not for everyone, as the story takes time to evolve and the narrative offers slow and paced growth, but that is perhaps one of the greatest features, as the reader is forced to investigate alongside the Murder Squad While I am caught up on the series, the binge complete, I cannot wait to see where else this series takes fans Kudos, Madam French for leaving me needing , which only goes to show how effective you are at writing I hope that many who read this and other reviews will find the time to at least try one of your mysteries and see for themselves that Ireland holds many gems, not all of which require a rainbow.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Back to the Dublin murder squad and a second showing of Detective Antoinette Conway It seems, however, that I somehow or another neglected to read The Secret Place, so for me this was my introduction to this character Convinced the entire murder squad is out to do her in, force her out, she has a giant chip on her shoulder Her partner, seems for most of the book to be a milquetoast, happy to support and follow A young woman is found dead and the easiest solution doesn t sit well with the two Back to the Dublin murder squad and a second showing of Detective Antoinette Conway It seems, however, that I somehow or another neglected to read The Secret Place, so for me this was my introduction to this character Convinced the entire murder squad is out to do her in, force her out, she has a giant chip on her shoulder Her partner, seems for most of the book to be a milquetoast, happy to support and follow A young woman is found dead and the easiest solution doesn t sit well with the two partners This story hasbumps and dings than an automobile in a crash Things look one way and then another Theevidence they find thecomplicated they get The interrogation scenes are masterfully done This is an combination of a character driven novel and a police procedural Not easy to do, may account for the length of the book, but French does these type of things very well It is said patience is a virtue, and one needs patience here for sure because the pacing is very slow The depth of the portrayals also seemed to me to alter the suspense value, but the excellent police procedural makes up for this, at least for me Exciting story, not so much, but I found it fulfilling nonetheless Loved how it all came together in the end, in a very plausible and reasonable way Need to go back and read the one I miss but as always look forward to French s next.ARC from publisher When a pretty young woman winds up murdered, detectives Conway and Moran catch the case Her boyfriend looks like a slam dunk for it but why are they being rushed to book him And why does Conway think she s met the vic before Can Conway and Moran get the killer behind bars before the case eats them alive Antoinette Conway, second banana from The Secret Place takes center stage in this one Conway, the odd wo man out on the Dublin Murder Squad, trusts no one and suspects everyone From her tor When a pretty young woman winds up murdered, detectives Conway and Moran catch the case Her boyfriend looks like a slam dunk for it but why are they being rushed to book him And why does Conway think she s met the vic before Can Conway and Moran get the killer behind bars before the case eats them alive Antoinette Conway, second banana from The Secret Place takes center stage in this one Conway, the odd wo man out on the Dublin Murder Squad, trusts no one and suspects everyone From her tortured past to her tortured present, she may be one of the most complex French leads yet Her relationship with Stephen Moran, her partner, Detective Breslin, the senior D shadowing them, and her absent father drive the tale.Tana French s writing is as rich as every but flows really well Unlike a lot of literary leaning works, I never once thought the writing didn t serve the story The style was accessible and went down like moderately priced wine.The plot seemed straight forward While I knew it couldn t be as simple as it initially appeared, French had me doubting myself quite a bit Every twist exposed new wrinkles in the case, making the book really hard to set aside There was one twist I should have seen coming half a mile away but I ran into it like a station wagon plowing a deer.The last 25% was maddening I looked around at my co workers wondering how in the hell they could be so calm with all the shit going down The last fifty pages or so were pure torture Everyone was in shit up to his or her neck and I thought the whole squad might go up in flames.The ending was the dog s breakfast I knew it would be, just like most Tana French books While it wasn t happily ever after, life goes on with the Dublin Murder Squad Five out of five stars {EBOOK} ⚼ The Trespasser Û Antoinette Conway, the tough, abrasive detective from The Secret Place, is still on the Murder squad, but only just She s partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that s going well but the rest of her working life isn t Antoinette doesn t play well with others, and there s a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her She and Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a slam dunk lovers tiff, but gradually they realise there s going on someone on their own squad is trying to push them towards the obvious solution, away from nagging questions They have to work out whether this is just an escalation in the drive to get rid of her or whether there s something deeper and darker going on In Tana French s very first book, In The Woods , one of my favorite characters was named Rob Ryan I m clear I m not alone with a special soft spot for Ryan For one thinghe was the narrator His partner was a woman named Cassie Maddox They were a great duo but what was so impressive was that Tana was so good at writing a male voice you d swear a man wrote it In her next book, The Likeness , Cassie Maddox becomes the narrator it took me several pages to get use to a female narra In Tana French s very first book, In The Woods , one of my favorite characters was named Rob Ryan I m clear I m not alone with a special soft spot for Ryan For one thinghe was the narrator His partner was a woman named Cassie Maddox They were a great duo but what was so impressive was that Tana was so good at writing a male voice you d swear a man wrote it In her next book, The Likeness , Cassie Maddox becomes the narrator it took me several pages to get use to a female narrator after Tana was so good at writing from a male s voice Rob Ryan has never yet returned to any of her books I admit..if I must pick favorite characters having read all her books my 3 top favorites are in this order 1 Rob Ryan, from In the Woods , 2 Cassie Maddox, from both In the Woods.and the narrator in The Likeness I had to forgive Cassie Maddox though for picking Sam O N eill over Rob Ryan.and 3 Antoinette Conway, from The Secret Place , and now the narrator of this recent book, The Trespasser Antoinette Conway lives inside our heads starting with the prologue when she tells us about the stories her ma made up about her da She never did get the truth about her absent father only squirted Fairy liquid Her birth certificate says Unknown.To the very last page when she s kibitzing with her partner Steve Moran.off to drink some pints together Antoinette Conway stands out much stronger for me in THIS BOOK than she did in The Secret Palace because I couldn t stand all the teenage gibberish The detective parts of the story were good Tana French s forte but those kids and their gossip just gag me So the BEST of The Secret Palace has returned Conway and Moran in The Trespasser They are the Murder Squad newbies Both are single They have the night shift, and even though most murders take place at night they usually don t show up till morning.so they usually are stuck with shitty domestic cases However, all nights are not the same At the end of Conway and Moran s nightshif, their superintendent, O Kelly, gives them a new case A woman named Aislinn Murray is dead in her home in Stoneybatter an old area of Dublin where many artists and yuppies live If Moran and Conway are not careful the daytime,experienced detectives in there murder squad, will take over their case No way will Conway and Moran let this MURDER case slip through their fingers into the better than thou hands, indispensable, ha detective Breslin So with luck.it turns out NOT to be a quick shut closed case as originally thought A slow burn begins..I read this book slowBECAUSE the DIALOGUE is juicy REAL and engrossing I didn t want to miss a thing When Conway felt pissed off I often felt pissed off with her Being the a natural pessimist that she is, I felt I understood her Yes she was often defensive ready to slit your throat..as if you be mean to her she will kick you in the balls BUT.I loved this woman It s clear she is protecting past pain She s self absorbed, and self conscious She s tough but also touchy Smart, callousand shhhhh sensitive but she won t let anyone see that part of her She s also a damn great detective She has a photogenic memory which is a handy talent to have in her line of work Steve Moran is everything Conway isn t he optimistic, idealistic, happy to please people He s also a smart cookie He knows what type of partner he s working with Yes Conway must always drive the car when they are together Yes she can be verbally bossybut he knows what he s doing I wouldn t be to quick to think of him as a pushover As I said he s clear of who he is he knows how to deal with people including his complex partner Conway GREAT police procedural TERRIFIC DIALOGUE and INTERROGATIONJUST ENOUGH SUSPENSE TO KEEP OUR INTEREST The side themes are good too Characters even the minor ones become a community of friends in your head Lots of BEEF for your BUCK with any Tana French book.Fans will be delighted Newbies will be delighted I was delighted Awwwww, nothing like a REALLY GOOD BOOK double whammy if you add Desperation Road , by Michael Farris Smith