Start reading Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4) on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Add Audible Narration

Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
Narrated by Stephen Hogan
$38.49 $10.49
Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Broken Harbor (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Tana French
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (824 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $16.00
Kindle Price: $3.99
You Save: $12.01 (75%)
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Audible Narration

Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $10.49 when you buy the Kindle book.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $3.99  
Library Binding $23.09  
Paperback $10.12  
Audible Audio Edition, Unabridged $0.00 Free with your Audible trial
Audio, CD, Audiobook, Unabridged $44.99  
Hero Quick Promo
12 Days of Kindle Book Deals
Load your library with Amazon's editors' picks, $2.99 or less each today only. Learn more

Book Description

An addictive thriller from New York Times bestseller and the acclaimed author of In the Woods and Faithful Place

Tana French’s rise can only be called meteoric. Starting with her award-winning debut, French has scored four consecutive New York Times bestsellers and established herself as one of the top names in the genre. Broken Harbor is quintessential French—a damaged hero, an unspeakable crime, and an intricately plotted mystery—nestled in a timely examination of lives shattered by the global economic downturn.
Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy always brings in the killer. Always. That’s why he’s landed this high-profile triple homicide. At first, he thinks it’s going to be simple, but the murder scene holds terrifying memories for Scorcher. Memories of something that happened there back when he was a boy.

Tana French's newest novel, The Secret Place, will be published by Viking on September 2nd, 2014.

Books In This Series (5 Books)
Complete Series


  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com Review

    Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: In Tana French’s fourth novel, detective Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, are sent to a half-constructed, abandoned housing development called Broken Harbor to investigate the brutal murder of the Spain family. They expect an open-and-shut case, but it quickly gets complicated when Jenny Spain is found barely alive and the family’s circumstances come to light: hidden baby monitors, a strained mortgage brought on by the housing crisis, and the increasingly erratic signs of people in crisis. The tension of the investigation is intensified by the eerily abandoned estate and a creepy lead suspect. French fans will appreciate this new look at Scorcher, who was a minor character in Faithful Place; he shines as the successful but jaded detective with a troubled past. All told, French delivers a layered psychological thriller and satisfying whodunnit. She spins a masterly plot rife with tension and a haunting mood that rivals the best of the Gothic writers. --Heather Dileepan

    Review

    Poignant, compelling, beautifully written and wonderfully atmospheric. Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of STAY CLOSE A complex, well crafted psychological thriller as well as an exemplary dissection of the plight of the disappointed and desperate human wreckage washed up in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland ... A hugely impressive and intelligent book ... It confirms French as the First Lady of Irish Crime. Irish Independent A tale about the different facets of obsession and insanity ... The best yet of French's four excellent thrillers, it leaves its readers "throat-deep in terror" ... enticing, threatening, atmospheric prose Observer A gripping story in an atmospheric setting by an author who knows how to grab a reader's interest and never let it go. Jessica Mann, Literary Review An emotionally jolting story of love, obsession and madness is played out to incredible effect. Since her first novel, In the Woods, was larded with awards in 2007, French has garnered a huge legion of fans and they will be thrilled with this, her fourth and possibly best novel. Carla McKay, Daily Mail

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1954 KB
    • Print Length: 456 pages
    • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 24, 2012)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0072O00YI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
    • X-Ray:
    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    147 of 155 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific book July 27, 2012
    Format:Hardcover
    A 500-odd page novel set in the Irish recession isn't a description which attracts me, I must admit. I only tried this on the recommendation of a friend and I am extremely glad I did. I thought it was an exceptionally good book - well written, completely gripping and very intelligent. It is told in the first person by the detective investigating an attack on a family which leaves the father and two young children dead and the mother seriously injured. The investigation of the crime itself is very well done but it is the depth of Dana French's characters and the sharpness and humanity of her insights which marks this out as an exceptionally good book.

    The narrative voice is terrifically believable and readable. The narrator, Detective Mike Kennedy is, for all his flaws, a very sympathetic character and the revelations about his personal life and past are delicately and insightfully done. The story unfolds at a very measured pace but is utterly gripping throughout and is genuine it's-very-late-but-just-one-more-chapter stuff. We get a real feel for the lives of both narrator and the victims, a heart-wrenching portrait of what the boom-and-bust economy in Ireland has really done to some of its people, and varied, poignant portraits of what it means when certainty and control of one's life begin to unravel and when well-intentioned actions go wrong.

    I thought this was a terrific book. An unequivocal five stars and very warmly recommended.
    Was this review helpful to you?
    78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It Should Have Been a Dream House July 28, 2012
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    If you're looking for a novel that you can lose yourself in for a few days, a book that will "get you to thinking," this is it. I have found that a really great read stirs up the emotions. This is such a work.

    The book begins with a heinous crime. Two children, ages four and six, are smothered in their beds. Their father, Pat Spain, is stabbed to death. Their mother, Jenny, is repeatedly stabbed, and clings to life. All of this takes place in the space of a few minutes. Three (or is it four?) prime suspects emerge.

    It's set in a new house close by the Irish Sea. This sentence might conjure up images quite different from the structure in this book. The Spain house is part of a huge development sloppily thrown up in great haste to make quick bucks just before the mortgage bubble burst a few years ago. When the economy went south the developer abandoned the project, leaving a wasteland of partially finished homes to rot away. Occupied houses, like the Spains', were significantly flawed.

    Several months before the murders Pat loses his job, becoming "redundant." (The first time I saw this word describing those fired because of the recession.) The Spains are running out of money, so the pressure mounts. They are in immminent danger of losing their cherished (despite its faults) home. Pat spends a lot of time sitting at home, thinking, brooding, imagining... Jenny stays busy taking care of her children, but she sorely misses her earlier, cash-lubricated, comfortable life.

    There is a swarm of subplots. Mick Kennedy is the narrator. We learn a lot about him just by the way he spins the story. He's a veteran detective with the Garda, the Irish national police. He views himself as a "straight arrow" who never breaks the rules.
    Read more ›
    Was this review helpful to you?
    99 of 110 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    If you have not read Tana French's previous works, you will probably like Broken Harbor. If you have read her previous works, this one pales in comparison.

    I love Tana French's previous novels and have been waiting for this one for close to a year. I hate to say it, but I was disappointed. I think she spent far too much time describing crime scenes, autopsies, and the like which caused her to stray from what she does best: developing complex characteries and providing amazing descriptions of their psychological makeup. Ms. French did well with the character of Scorcher but his background, current family issues, and just about everything relating to the psychology of the victims just doesn't fit with any kind of psychological truth (which she so flawlessly developed in her earlier novels).

    As an avid reader as well as a clinical and forensic psychologist, I have nothing but praise for Ms. French's other novels. I can honestly say that she is the finest creator of a character's psychology ever. Hands down. No contest. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading her other novels, do yourself a favor and get them now! Those characters, particularly Cassie from The Likeness and Rob from In The Woods, have stuck with me in a way that no other character has done before. I am hoping/praying/crossing fingers that French's future works return to either of these characters.
    Was this review helpful to you?
    78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Tana French July 24, 2012
    Format:Hardcover
    After more than 6 months filled with disappointments that came like blows from my favorite authors (Bitterblue, Holier Than Thou, Gone Girl, The Calling), I thought I couldn't count on any of my precious to deliver the goods. Apparently, I can still rely on Tana French to keep up her standards. Broken Harbor is not maybe my favorite novel of hers (I think Faithful Place is), but definitely not weaker than any of her previous works.

    All her books are psychological thrillers, not fast-paced, not action-packed, but slow-moving and interrogation-heavy, and Broken Harbor sticks to the same format. At first, I intended to say it was possibly the "most psychological" out of her psychological thrillers, and the most crazy-driven. However, if I look back, all her novels without fail explore the depths of human mind, power of memories and their effect on investigative work, and involve mentally unstable characters.

    Like detectives in all previous books in Dublin Murder Squad series, the chief investigator Mick (Scorcher) Kennedy is full of mental baggage of his own (who doesn't have it though?). I have only the vaguest memory of him from Faithful Place, so he is almost a completely new personality to get to know within the framework of this series. Behind Scorcher's unwavering, never-failing, upright cop facade, there is a lot of tension and a lot of self-control that come only to people who have battled through serious life challenges and learned to cope by keeping themselves tightly guarded and emotionally removed. Even though Scorcher has dealt with most of his childhood traumas, he is not free of them. His half-mad, volatile sister is a constant reminder of past dealings with mental illness and a disturber of his peace.
    Read more ›
    Was this review helpful to you?
    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this very much
    Enjoyed this very much! I had not read any of the other books in the Dublin Murder squad series. I found this to be an interesting mystery.
    Published 1 day ago by Sharon
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, though a bit frustrating in the end
    Readable (or in my case listenable). I will keep reading French's books, even if they usually end up frustrating me. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Brian SLC
    3.0 out of 5 stars good mystery, questionable character treatment
    The story kept my attention, and I enjoyed the twists and turns of the mystery as it unfolded. Although told only from Detective Kennedy's point of view, the reader learns some... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by N. Picard
    3.0 out of 5 stars It's not bad, but it is just not for me
    This is the second one of her books I have read and I find myself liking them in the beginning, but they have a tendancy to drag on forever. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Sandra McConnell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Thriller
    I am a huge fan of Tana French. The Dublin Murder Squad series is unequaled for her brilliant descriptive writing and insight into personalities. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by margot 1
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Love her writing, but this one gave me bad dreams!
    Published 6 days ago by Mary Ann
    3.0 out of 5 stars Broken end for me.
    A little far fetched of a plot for my taste. The writing is good but I expected a better resolution.
    Published 9 days ago by Marge's Opinion
    1.0 out of 5 stars cheesy
    Overwrought, wordy, and contrived. Did she rush it to publish? Couldn't finish the epilogue. Totally lost interest in all the characters. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Outinthestudio
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it very much
    I found "Broken Harbor" very engrossing and different. Enjoyed it very much.Will probably read another of French's novels.
    Published 11 days ago by Karen L. Hakala
    5.0 out of 5 stars and the ride I was taken on was just as much fun! Tana French
    Yet another Tana French novel that was impossible to put down!!! The plot had more twists and turns than a roller coaster, and the ride I was taken on was just as much fun! Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Vera K
    Search Customer Reviews
    Search these reviews only

    More About the Author

    Tana French grew up in Ireland, the US, Italy and Malawi. She trained as an actress at Trinity College Dublin and has worked in theatre, film and voiceover. She is the author of In the Woods (2007), The Likeness (2008) and Faithful Place (2010). Her books have won Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Barry and ICVA Clarion awards and have been finalists for LA Times and Strand Magazine awards. She lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.

    What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


    Forums

    Search Customer Discussions
    Search all Amazon discussions

    Start a new discussion
    Topic:
    First post:
    Prompts for sign-in
     



    Look for Similar Items by Category