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.
One of the greatest crime novelists writing today (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking how to tell right from wrong in a world where neither is simple, and what we stake on that decision.
Tana French is the author of seven previous books, including In the Woods, The Likeness, and The Witch Elm. Her novels have sold over three 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.
"French avoids the fireworks of conventional crime fiction, instead taking a classic setup--the lone outsider revealing the dark side of a small town--and imbuing it with simmering menace. There's also an unexpectedly moving friendship and storytelling so atmospheric you can practically smell the peat bogs." - People
"The perfect cold-weather escape...French's writing style is so unhurried and pleasurable...and every page smells and sounds like Ireland. At a time when travel is impossible and we're spending more time at home, staying safe, it's thrilling to be transported to another place entirely, gripped by suspense and a sense of danger as I turn the pages in my cozy lair." - Glamour
"Thriller mastermind Tana French's . . . work is as consistently thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is entertaining...[In The Searcher] French finds interesting angles and dynamics, and her cast is, as always, wonderfully drawn." - The Los Angeles Times
"Vivid and poetic." - Associated Press
"French takes this standalone novel at a measured pace, easing readers into Cal's quiet life before the thrills unravel." - TIME
"The Searcher feels different from French's previous books--there's a sparseness to the setting that contrasts with the bustle of the Dublin Murder Squad, or even the gathered family in The Witch Elm--but is no less addictive; the pages practically turn themselves." - The Seattle Times
"A creepy slow burn that focuses just as much on the central characters' inner lives as on the mystery at the heart of the story . . .packed full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals." - BuzzFeed
"All things atmospheric and mysterious, this one may keep you up past your bedtime." - Cosmopolitan
"A moving new tale of friendship and healing, set in an Irish countryside populated with eccentrics, curmudgeons, and a hilariously weird British woman obsessed with fairies." - CrimeReads
"Evocative and lyrical, The Searcher is a mystery worth reading slowly to savor every perfectly rendered detail." - Bookpage
"It has everything you love-the suspense, the questions, the unraveling of lies.... obsessively fascinating." - Marie Claire
"The queen of crime returns with a thriller about a retired Chicago police officer who discovers the sinister underbelly of a seemingly quaint Irish town." -Entertainment Weekly
"In The Searcher, Tana French stakes out new territory: a rural Irish setting quite different from the urban and suburban Ireland of her previous works, and a central character who is an American . . . The Searcher blends qualities of French's best novels, the first and third of her "Dublin Murder Squad" police procedurals . . ." -Los Angeles Review of Books