When Detective Antoinette Conway and her partner Stephen Moran are handed an early-morning murder case, they have no reason to believe it will be anything but an easy solve. The victim, Aislinn Murray, is found dead in her living room, dressed to the nines and with a romantic dinner in the oven. Her date for the evening is the immediate suspect, but he claims Aislinn never answered when he knocked on the door.
With pressure from senior detectives to arrest the boyfriend, ongoing harassment from the rest of the squad, and a persistent feeling that she’s seen Aislinn somewhere before, Detective Conway is convinced there’s more to this case than a standard domestic incident. But with time running out and trust in her team dwindling, how will she crack the facade of Aislinn’s seemingly perfect life?
“Murder works out of the grounds of Dublin Castle, smack in the heart of town, but our building is tucked away a few corners from the fancy stuff the tourists come to see, and our walls are thick; even the early-morning traffic out on Dame Street only makes it through to us as a soft undemanding hum. The jumbles of paperwork and photos and scribbled notes left on people’s desks look like they’re charging up, thrumming with action waiting to happen. Outside the tall sash windows the night is thinning towards a chilled gray; the room smells of coffee and hot radiators. At that hour, if I could overlook all the ways the night shift blows, I could love the squad room.”
Tana French has lived in Ireland, Italy, Malawi, and the United States. Her first novel, In the Woods, won the Edgar Award in 2007 and was followed by several sequels as part of the Dublin Murder Squad series. In addition to writing, French has worked as a stage, film and voice-over actress.
Length: 464 pages
Set in: Dublin, Ireland