Born in Vermont, Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater and film. Her debut novel, IN THE WOODS, was honored with the Edgar, Barry, Macavity and Anthony awards, and her most recent, BROKEN HARBOR, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction Book of the Year. She lives in Dublin with her family.
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The Trespasserby Tana French - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller
The Secret Placeby Tana French - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller
Broken Harborby Tana French - Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller
Tana French (born 1973) is an American-Irish and theatrical actress born in Vermont. Her debut novel In the Woods (2007), a psychological mystery, won the Edgar,Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for best first novel. She lives in Dublin. The British online newspaper, The Independent, has referred to her as the First Lady of Irish Crime, "who very quietly has become a huge international name among crime fiction readers."
Tana Elizabeth French was born in Burlington, Vermont, on May 10, 1973, to Elena Hvostoff-Lombardi and David French; but she lived in numerous countries as a child, including Ireland, Italy, the U.S., and Malawi. Her father was an economist who worked on resource management for the developing world, so the family lived in many different cultures. French attended Trinity College, Dublin, and trained in Acting. She ultimately settled in Ireland and, since 1990, has lived in Dublin, which she considers home. French is married and has two daughters with her husband. She has retained dual citizenship of the U.S. and Italy.
French was enthralled by both acting and writing since her childhood days but eventually focused more on acting. She trained as a professional actor at Trinity, and she works in theater, film, and voiceover. In her later 30s, her passion for writing was unexpectedly rekindled. Her choice of genre stems from her profound interest in mystery and crime novels, which she grew up reading. She began writing her debut novel in the months-long lulls between castings. Titled In the Woods, it was published in 2007 to much international acclaim and received rave reviews from many publications. Publishers Weekly praised French, saying she “expertly walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller in her debut" and that "Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma." It received several literary prizes, was a bestseller in hardcover and paperback, and has been termed a 'dream debut'. As of 2015 more than one million copies of In the Woods have been sold. In 2015, Euston Films & Veritas acquired the rights to the book to be launched as a TV series. Flavorwire, in 2014, included it in their 50 of the Greatest Debut Novels Since 1950.
Her follow-up novel The Likeness (2008), presents the story of the debut novel's lead character Cassie Maddox. It immediately soared high on bestseller lists in various countries and stayed firmly anchored on The New York Times Best Seller list for several months. In its reviews of the novel, Kirkus praised its mix of "police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story". In an interview with The Guardian, French revealed that Donna Tartt'sThe Secret History was a source of influence on The Likeness, opening up the "landscape of friendship as something worthy of exploration and something that could be powerful enough to trigger a murder."
|1||In the Woods||Viking Penguin||30 January 2007||ISBN 978-0-670-03860-2|
|This is the debut crime novel in the fictional Dublin Murder Squad series about the Irish detectives Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox and their investigation of the murder of a twelve-year-old girl. The case with possible links to the detective's own past adds another dimension to the novel. It has won the best debut crime novel category for Edgar, Anthony, Barry and Macavity awards for the year 2008|
|2||The Likeness||Viking Penguin||17 July 2008||ISBN 978-0143115625|
|This Dublin Murder Squad series #2 follows detective Cassie Maddox who determines the circumstances surrounding the death of Lexie Madison, a young woman who is her doppelganger. A senior police officer, Frank Mackey, convinces Cassie to impersonate the dead woman to investigate her death and to discover who she really was. It was shortlisted for the first annual Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award in 2009|
|3||Faithful Place||Viking Penguin||13 July 2010||ISBN 978-0670021871|
|This Dublin Murder Squad series #3 features undercover detective Frank Mackey keen to unravel the mysterious disappearance of Rosie Daly. The book was nominated for the 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award|
|4||Broken Harbour||Viking Penguin||2 July 2012||ISBN 978-0-670-02365-3|
|This Dublin Murder Squad series #4 is about star detective Scorcher Kennedy investigating the vicious killing of a father and 2 children in a ghost estate outside Dublin. Scorcher’s personal life is tugging for his attention and he has a rookie helping him out with the case. It won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller (2012)|
|5||The Secret Place||Viking Penguin||August 28, 2014||ISBN 978-0-670-02632-6|
|This Dublin Murder Squad series #5 alternates between the points of view of detective Stephen Moran and student Holly Mackey. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to investigate the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper, a student at St. Colm’s School. The Washington Post named the book one of the five best thrillers of 2014.|
|6||The Trespasser||Viking Penguin||September 22nd 2016||ISBN 978-1-444-75562-6|
|This Dublin Murder Squad series #6 with Antoinette Conway teaming up with Stephen Moran to pull a case that at first looks like a slam-dunk lovers' tiff, but gradually they realise there's more going on.|