Author(s): Tana French
Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID shows she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective. With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in her place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job.
Tana French follows her stunning accomplished debut, IN THE WOODS, with an equally compelling psychological mystery that confirms her place as one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.
'An intricate and edgy top-notch psychological thriller.' -- Woman and Home 20080801 "Police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story" -- Kirkus 20080611 Praise for IN THE WOODS:'Tana French's IN THE WOODS is a terrific debut ... French's psychological insights into the damaged policeman's torment combine grippingly with the clammy atmosphere that surrounds the lethal woods. As an example of a novel in which the past returns to haunt the present, this scores very high marks.' -- Marcel Berlins, The Times on IN THE WOODS 20080611 'Lyrical and haunting' -- Scotland on Sunday on IN THE WOODS 20080611 'A real show-stopper of a thriller ... Author tightens the tension slowly until squealing point; Ryan's increasingly taut relationship with Maddox is woven cunningly around the crime plot. A splendid, page-turning debut.' -- She on IN THE WOODS 20080611 'A compellingly complex case with nuanced characters and a richly detailed sense of place' -- Kirkus Reviews on IN THE WOODS 20080611 French expertly walks the line between police procedurial and psychological thriller in her debut. -- Publishers Weekly on IN THE WOODS 20080611 'Beautifully written and elegantly descriptive, this is a true literary detective novel rather tahn a whodunnit' -- Irish Mail on Sunday 20080720 'An eerie thriller, perfect for holidays' -- Sunday World 20080706 'Creepily melding elements of Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' and undercover police procedural, THE LIKENESS by Tana French, seduces from the start... A nifty tale of desire for belonging, as well as a cool thriller' -- Time Out 20080821 'French's second foray into the dark world of psychological crime more than proves she's the real deal' -- Daily Mirror 20080829 'Begin reading this and you won't want to stop' -- Choice Magazine 20080901 'Creepy stuff' -- Independent 20080829
Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin. Her first novel, In the Woods, won the Clarion award in 2007 for First Fiction, and the Edgar in the USA in 2008 for best first novel. She works in theatre, film and voiceover and is a member of PurpleHeart Theatre Company.