Author(s): Tana French
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.
A compelling psychological mystery from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.
'Every holiday needs a good crime novel and French's skilful thrillers are tailor-made to terrify' -- Guardian 'Even more gripping than her last two. A truly amazing novel - so brilliant on dysfunctional family dynamics, with characters so real that you can hardly believe someone's made them up.' -- Sophie Hannah 'Gripping. Tana French's third novel hooks the reader from the outset; the characters are masterfully drawn, and the author's ear for Dublin dialogue is pitch-perfect.' -- Irish Independent 'A gripping, literate thriller laced with black humour' -- Irish Times 'If you're only going to buy one thriller this year, let it be Tana French's Faithful Place. Searing, utterly Dub, and very funny ... Tana French, Dublin author of international hits ... is a wonder. Just don't plan anything if you pick this up; you won't be able to put it down.' -- Evening Herald (Dublin) 'Charming - will leave readers begging for a sequel' -- Kirkus Reviews 'French copperfastens her reputation as an author of exceptional insight and talent.' -- Sunday Independent Ireland 'She lifts the lid on Dublin and offers a haunting portrait of a man belatedly dealing with his demons' -- Mail on Sunday
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi. She trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin and has worked mainly in theatre. Her first novel, In the Woods, won the Edgar, Anthony, Barry and Macavity awards for Best First Novel and the Clarion Award for Best Fiction and was a Sunday Times bestseller. In the Woods and her second novel, The Likeness, were both New York Times bestsellers. Tana French lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.