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The Hunter

By Tana French
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An Instant New York Times Bestseller

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by the Washington Post, TIME Magazine, BBC, TODAY, Elle, CrimeReads, and more

"Hailed as the queen of Irish crime fiction, French spins a taut tale of retribution, sacrifice, and family."—TIME

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Searcher and “one of the greatest crime novelists writing today” (Vox), a spellbinding new novel set in the Irish countryside.

It’s a blazing summer when two men arrive in a small village in the West of Ireland. One of them is coming home. Both of them are coming to get rich. One of them is coming to die.

Cal Hooper took early retirement from Chicago PD and moved to rural Ireland looking for peace. He’s found it, more or less: he’s built a relationship with a local woman, Lena, and he’s gradually turning Trey Reddy from a half-feral teenager into a good kid going good places. But then Trey’s long-absent father reappears, bringing along an English millionaire and a scheme to find gold in the townland, and suddenly everything the three of them have been building is under threat. Cal and Lena are both ready to do whatever it takes to protect Trey, but Trey doesn’t want protecting. What she wants is revenge.

From the writer who is “in a class by herself,” (The New York Times), a nuanced, atmospheric tale that explores what we’ll do for our loved ones, what we’ll do for revenge, and what we sacrifice when the two collide.

20 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Tana French is one of my favorite authors of all time. The way she builds suspense, gradually increasing the reader's sense of dread is masterful. She excels at world building, dialog, and character development. It's rare that a writer can do all three to perfection. This book is its own character, and it's from that same small Irish town. You need to settle in and just roll with the conversation until you find the hidden message under all the layers of storytelling. You need patience and a sharp mind. When it picks up and gets going, it really gets going. Every character has complexity that defies simple categorizations. A waster is never just a waste of space. A murderer is never just a killer. Revenge can look a lot like love. I hope she writes more about Cal and Trey and Lena. I want to know what happens next! Side note: nobody slays me like Mart! The conversations he has with Cal are solid gold.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulRealistic settingDarkAbuseViolence
Characters change and growDescriptive writing
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Believable charactersCharacters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveBeautiful settingDark settingRealistic setting

About Tana French

Tana French is the New York Times bestselling author of eight previous books, including In the Woods, The Likeness, and The Searcher. Her novels have sold over four million copies and won numerous awards, including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.

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