The Searcher

The Searcher

Book - 2020
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"Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2020]
ISBN: 9780735224650
073522465X
9780241459416
0241459419
9780735224667
Branch Call Number: M FRENCH TANA
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 23 cm

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midori_hon
Nov 25, 2020

beautifully written as always, the mystery is secondary in this story of a retired chicago cop who moves into an isolated irish village and tries to figure out their various relationships that go back generations. one can almost smell the gorse and hear the far off bleating of sheep, a few of which will end up mutilated.

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pattiann
Nov 23, 2020

This story made me want to read the book until the end. Many of the characters were engaging And I wanted to learn more about them. It was surprising how the characters developed and you never quite knew who you could trust. The brutality of some of the people in the story was shocking. All in all a pretty good read although I wouldn’t say it was a mystery or a thriller.

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QAGeek
Nov 19, 2020

Found in the AARP magazine

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trickbag22
Nov 14, 2020

Tana French never disappoints. A policeman from America immigrates to Ireland hoping the quiet rural life will be the answer to his issues. But wherever I go, I take myself. He quickly is drawn into a missing person mystery which no one cares about, not even the mother. Turns out there are bad people with good motives and good people with bad motives everywhere. And even those laid back rural folk have bodies to hide

TSCPL_Miranda Nov 05, 2020

Tana French is an Irish author who has written 6 books in her Dublin Murder Squad series, as well as two standalone novels. With her most recent novel, The Searcher, she has written an American protagonist for the first time, and the action takes place in the Irish countryside, with only references to the “big boys” in Dublin.

Cal was a detective in Chicago before moving to Ireland. He’s hoping for some peace and quiet after a trying job and a divorce. It’s a wild landscape where farmers and locals know every bit of each other’s business and are suspicious of outsiders. Of course, everyone finds out quickly that Cal used to be a detective, and a local kid seeks him out for help. An older brother has disappeared, and the kid doesn't believe that he just left without saying goodbye. Cal doesn’t want to get involved, at first. He realizes already that in the small village nearby, generations of connections have woven a web that he can’t possibly understand. If he puts his nose in, there’s no telling who he might offend. Finally, he caves to the kid’s need and heartbreak. He begins asking questions, expecting to confirm that the missing 19-year-old has just run off to begin his adult life, but it quickly becomes clear that someone nearby does not want him figuring out what happened. Cal will have to choose between maintaining his peace and quiet or following the twisty trail he’s on to its end.

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Seti2018
Nov 02, 2020

Not her best. Was very excited when I heard it was coming out but it was meh. Major plot twist highlighted early and could have done without the hunting and animal mutilations. Her protagonist was a cliche, divorced cop from US.

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good_stuff_4U
Oct 31, 2020

The levels of collusion kept me tuned in...the story pulls at me from many angles...the land, animals, commerce and kids. Like the author but I doubt Ireland Tourism folks would, uses her words well, not sure I would read her work again...

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 30, 2020

I miss Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad titles, and this standalone didn't entirely scratch that itch, it was a pleasant visit to rural Ireland through the eyes of her first protagonist/character from the United States.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 30, 2020

As with all French novels, the writing style is impeccable, with a simple poetic flow that I have come to love. The only problem I had with this one was that getting off the ground was a little sluggish. But what I find a tad boring, championing to get to the action, would seem exciting to some. I'm not taking stars off for this. The writers have their own way of drawing out a story that is an absolute master of French.The novel is not scary, nor is it difficult. At the relaxed and evocative end of the scale, I would put it. Though it's me. There are scenes that might be difficult to read for those that have trouble with animal cruelty. Final Review, 3.5/5 @Barcelonafan1 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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bwills
Oct 25, 2020

This is not a typical Tana French mystery, and I don't mean that in a positive way. It's very slow moving, taking 200+ pages before anything interesting happens. If you stay with it that long, eventually there's a payoff, but a weak one. You'll wonder why you spent so much time with it.

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