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Tag: Tana French

The Searcher

by Tana French. This is a good one. French gets Cal Hooper, an ex-cop from Chicago PD just right. He’s well drawn with a mix of appealing simplicity and complexity. He retires to the western Irish countryside to escape his particular life regrets. Cal finds this remote village microcosm has many of the same dynamics and challenges he’s left behind yet his instincts improve with time. His relationship with a 13-year old enigma named Trey is endearing and rings true. Other local characters are as rich as the peat. French’s… Read more The Searcher

The Witch Elm

by Tana French. Another hapless self-defeating young man. Seems to be a theme in recent reads. Without getting political, it’s an interesting phenomenon in the world of feminism and “toxic masculinity”. Maybe toxic misandry is more likely to have taken hold. This is a very long meandering “who done it”. Who didn’t? Mostly grey rather than black or white. Luck as a character. Life as an albatross. Based on a real mystery about Bella of 1943 whose skeleton was discovered in a Wych Elm. This tale takes on deception, harassment,… Read more The Witch Elm