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The Searcher

by Tana French

Publishers Weekly After 25 years as a Chicago cop, Cal Hooper, the protagonist of this superb standalone from Edgar winner French (The Witch Elm), decided he needed a change. So he moved to a village in the West of Ireland, “no bigger than the little end of nothing,” where people leave their doors unlocked. After three months, his prosaic new life ends when he’s sought out by 12-year-old Trey Reddy, who has learned of Hooper’s former profession. Trey fears something bad has happened to his 19-year-old brother, Brendan, who hasn’t been seen in about six months. Because their mother, Sheila, is convinced Brendan took off on his own, Trey hasn’t gone to the police, though the boy’s certain his brother wouldn’t have done that. Despite Hooper’s cynicism (“Anyone could do anything,” he thinks), he agrees to look into the matter, starting with questioning Sheila. The more Hooper digs, the more he finds that his new community conceals dark secrets. Insightful characterizations, even of minor figures, and a devastating reveal help make this a standout. Crime fiction fans won’t want to miss this one. Agent, Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. (Oct.)

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Kirkus A retired cop takes one last case in this stand-alone novel from the creator of the Dublin Murder Squad.Originally from North Carolina, Cal Hooper has spent the last 30 years in Chicago. A small place. A small town in a small country: Thats what hes searching for when he moves to the West of Ireland. His daughter is grown, his wife has left him, so Cal is on his ownuntil a kid named Trey starts hanging around. Treys brother is missing. Everyone believes that Brendan has run off just like his father did, but Trey thinks theres more to the story than just another young man leaving his family behind in search of money and excitement in the city. Trey wants the police detective who just emigrated from America to find out whats really happened to Brendan. French is deploying a well-worn trope herein fact, shes deploying a few. Cal is a new arrival to an insular community, and hes about to discover that he didnt leave crime and violence behind when he left the big city. Cal is a complex enough character, though, and it turns out that the mystery hes trying to solve is less shocking than what he ultimately discovers. French's latest is neither fast-paced nor action-packed, and it has as much to do with Cals inner life as it does with finding Brendan. Much of what mystery readers are looking for in terms of action is squeezed into the last third of the novel, and the morally ambiguous ending may be unsatisfying for some. But Frenchs fans have surely come to expect imperfect allegiance to genre conventions, and the author does, ultimately, deliver plenty of twists, shocking revelations, and truly chilling moments.Slow moving and richly layered. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Library Journal Cal Hooper moved to a small Irish village after leaving his job in the Chicago police department. He's still smarting from a divorce he hadn't wanted and worried about his fragile grown daughter, and he figures that the manual labor of fixing up a rundown cottage and working a bit of land somewhere quiet is just what he needs. He seems to be settling in to village life nicely, spending the occasional evening down at the pub and coping with the attentions of the local matchmaker. But his neighbors' sheep are being mutilated and a local kid, Trey, turns up at his door asking for help finding a missing brother. Cal isn't interested in wasting his time looking for a young man who, by all accounts, is probably couch surfing in Dublin, but when he's warned off investigating by a group of men in the village, Cal decides to take another look. VERDICT French's second stand-alone novel (after The Witch Elm) is a slow-burn stunner that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. Recommend to the author's legions of fans, as well as those who enjoy crime fiction set in small towns like Julia Keller's or Jane Harper's novels. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/20.]—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal

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Kirkus A retired cop takes one last case in this stand-alone novel from the creator of the Dublin Murder Squad. Originally from North Carolina, Cal Hooper has spent the last 30 years in Chicago. “A small place. A small town in a small country”: That’s what he’s searching for when he moves to the West of Ireland. His daughter is grown, his wife has left him, so Cal is on his own—until a kid named Trey starts hanging around. Trey’s brother is missing. Everyone believes that Brendan has run off just like his father did, but Trey thinks there’s more to the story than just another young man leaving his family behind in search of money and excitement in the city. Trey wants the police detective who just emigrated from America to find out what’s really happened to Brendan. French is deploying a well-worn trope here—in fact, she’s deploying a few. Cal is a new arrival to an insular community, and he’s about to discover that he didn’t leave crime and violence behind when he left the big city. Cal is a complex enough character, though, and it turns out that the mystery he’s trying to solve is less shocking than what he ultimately discovers. French's latest is neither fast-paced nor action-packed, and it has as much to do with Cal’s inner life as it does with finding Brendan. Much of what mystery readers are looking for in terms of action is squeezed into the last third of the novel, and the morally ambiguous ending may be unsatisfying for some. But French’s fans have surely come to expect imperfect allegiance to genre conventions, and the author does, ultimately, deliver plenty of twists, shocking revelations, and truly chilling moments. Slow moving and richly layered. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Book list In another stand-alone (following The Witch Elm, 2018), French again displays impressive versatility. After the procedurally rich Dublin Murder Squad mysteries, she jumped to crime from the victim's and suspect's points of view in the highly introspective The Witch Elm. Now she goes in another new direction: a variation on country noir, set in a remote village in Ireland's West Country. Wearing the scars of both a painful divorce and 25 years with the Chicago Police Department, Cal Hooper buys a fixer-upper in Ireland, looking to decompress while reclaiming his dormant DIY skills. Naturally, it doesn't work out that way, especially the decompressing part. An encounter with the sullen and mostly silent Trey, who becomes an able assistant on the remodeling project, leads to Cal agreeing to help search for the gender-fluid teen's brother, who has disappeared. Soon Cal is bumping heads with the tight-lipped locals and with a gang of thugs, the "boyos from Dublin." French skillfully builds suspense, as the search reveals great turmoil beneath the village's bucolic facade. This is a fine thriller, but it's also a moving story of an unlikely friendship that grows from refinishing a ramshackle desk to rebuilding two nearly broken lives. Trey evokes both the vulnerability and inner strength of Ree Dolly in Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone, a country noir that, like The Searcher, finds tenderness in the troubled hearts of its recalcitrant characters.

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Library Journal Just announced, this latest from the multi-award-winning, Dublin-based French features former cop Cal Hooper, who's moved to rural Ireland to escape memories of Chicago's bloody streets and his own bloody divorce. But all's not peaceful; soon, he's dragged into helping a local lad find his missing brother and realizes that idyllic villages can have dark secrets.

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