Thursday, July 21, 2011

Faithful Place

Author: Tana French
Title: Faithful Place

Third novel by Irish author (and trained actor at Trinity College, Dublin) sparkles with suspense. Main character, Francis Mackey, Undercover detective and native of the Liberties area of Dublin, presents his 41 years both in flashback and current time, as he pursues the murderer in a 20-year cold case and his brother's recent death. Family life on Faithful Place (which at one time did exist as an address in Dublin) is cleanly depicted. The poverty reminds one of Angela's Ashes. The dialog is crisp and the psychological turmoil of one trying to leave behind the life he came from is immensely satisfying and redemptive in the hope-filled ending.

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