The Trespasser

The Trespasser

Large Print - 2016
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"Being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalog-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There's nothing unusual about her-- except that Antoinette's seen her somewhere before. And that her death won't stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn's boyfriend, fast. There's a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. Aislinn's friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be. Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can't tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2016]
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9781524708672
Characteristics: 724 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Jan 17, 2019

This may be my most favorite Dublin Murder Squad book yet! (I know, I've said that before) Rather than atmospheric and creepy, this one is psychological (and yet also a thrilling whodunit). It centers on Antoinette, who we were introduced to in the last book via Steven Moran. As a woman who has been shoving her way into a boys' club before (in music, for me), I could relate enough to Antoinette's hassles to be totally pulled into her paranoia. Her shifting perspective as the book progresses makes a lovely parallel to the shifting mystery driving the action. Overall, totally satisfying from start to finish.

Dec 11, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable. Almost a word by word, moment by moment read of 2 police detectives looking at - first glance - a lovers spat gone wrong. Of course it's more than that but French keeps us guessing and reading furiously 'til the end.

Nov 23, 2018

This is an amazingly absorbing book. The Irish idioms and references only add to the quaintness and interest in this murder mystery. Tana French is a master at depicting the beleaguered heroine/detective Antionette Conway and I truly grew to like her more and more as the book progressed. The supporting characters are wonderful. Great read!

Oct 06, 2018

My first...and by this author. I found it excessively long and boring. Couldn't finish the book without skipping most of the last half . Just couldn't get into the female detective's character. Rather crude for a female, I thought. The story just didn't have momentum.

ArapahoeMaryA Aug 26, 2018

While this is the sixth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, author Tana French accommodates readers (like me) who want to jump in and test the waters without having to commit to an entire string of mystery novels. The Trespasser is gritty, suspenseful and unpredictable…good enough to tempt me into reading other books in this series.

Jul 15, 2018

I do not read many mysteries but prefer those where the social and political context is part of the story. Furthermore, although French lives in Dublin, Ireland was not really present in the book. Nevertheless, "The Trespasser" is very readable.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 26, 2018

In this beautifully written psychological mystery two detectives on the Dublin Murder Squad face a complex case made even more murky by police department politics. Hidden motivations of both detectives and suspects are slowly revealed as the suspense builds. A great page turner of a book!

Dec 22, 2017

Wow. This is a strong author.

I thought the writing was very good. I also really liked the plot -- somewhat like Michael Connelly where the emphasis is on describing police work in detail and the case developing from that. (I like Connelly a lot.)

I've gotten rather tired of writers who seem to think that convoluted plot twists and "surprise" endings are the objective. Tana French is a breath of fresh air in that regard. Lots of nice detail on case development.

I would most definitely read this author. A couple orders of magnitude better than hacks like Sanford and Patterson.

Oct 02, 2017

I find I appear to be in the minority. I found this to be dreadfully slow and boring. Not French's best work. It is much better than Secret Place which was dreadful and I gave up reading. It was so bad that I wondered if she had actually wrote it! "The Trespasser is not anywhere as good as her previous work. This attempt is WAY too wordy. One get lost. Too much is not relevant. Tedious. One is made to think "who cares?" I did not get invested in any of the characters. The ending was unsatisfactory. When her next one comes out, following behind Secret Place and Trespasser, I MAY read in hope that it is more in line with her beginning works.

jyaremchuk Aug 29, 2017

Effective character development - I really grew to like the protagonist.

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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 26, 2018

Ah, background checks, I say. The foundation of every beautiful romance.


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