The Trespasser: A Novel

by Tana French | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0670026336 Global Overview for this book
Registered by jbluebird on 2/17/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by jbluebird on Saturday, February 17, 2018
This Irish police procedural has wonderful dialogue and complex characters. Despite finding the book a bit long, it was still compelling and I had trouble putting it down. The main character has a harsh, cynical outlook on life and her fellow humans, but there are understandable reasons for this.

Journal Entry 2 by jbluebird at Little Free Library, Kelley Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Monday, February 19, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (2/18/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Kelley Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

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Released at Little Free Library (file cabinet) on R.C. Kelley St.

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, February 24, 2018
I was delighted to find this book in the spacious and colorful LFL, while dropping off some books of my own (while en route to a BookCrossing meetup). The series begins with the eerie, wonderful In the Woods, and continues as a cycle of loosely-connected novels, though each one can be read on its own.

This book picks up after the events of The Secret Place, with detective Stephen Moran now working with Antoinette Conway, who's trying to forge her own path in the very much "Old Boys" network of the Murder Squad. Moran was a bit hesitant to team up with her because of this, but as of this book they seem to be a good team - although they've been given a lot of boring-for-detectives domestic-violence cases, and are really hoping for something more intricate. When an apparently open-and-shut case shows hints of something deeper, they dig in - at the cost of increasing hazing and outright destructive actions on the part of someone in the squad...

I love the way these books bring us into the heads of characters whose jobs involve reading other people accurately and quickly, and learning to manipulate them. The descriptions of a good (for them) interrogation of a witness or suspect feel like an awesome spectator sport - and then, once in a while, the cops (and we) are reminded that these are people's deepest feelings and future lives they're juggling.

The paranoia of poor Conway is all too justified, with important bits of paperwork going missing, of irksome journalists being tipped off about her cases so they can get there in time to interfere, and other things that are beyond hazing and into obstruction - but she's stuck, as reporting such problems without evidence as to who's behind it would finish off any lingering chances she has of making it in the Murder Squad. She's tough, but all this is wearing on her...

I had some trepidation about this book, mainly because of the setup, with that awful feeling of knowing that many, if not most, one's co-workers were gleefully plotting one's fall. And there is a lot of that in the book, painful and infuriating. Luckily, this book wraps up in a more upbeat way than some of the others - oh, there are dark moments and there are big changes in the offing, but there might just be hope for the future careers of Moran and Conway!

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Rivier College, 420 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (2/27/2018 UTC) at Rivier College, 420 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I left this book on a bench in front of the library at Rivier College; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2018 Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes release challenge. ***

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