In The Woods
by Tana French
I'm only on page 155, and already feel I must share. This is some book. It's a mystery, it's a character study, it's a thriller and best of all, it reaches far above the genre of mystery with its prose. Set in modern Ireland, the author fulfills the heavy shoes of the Irish authors before her with writing that is beautiful, precise, humorous and surprising. Her website states that Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. It doesn't say that she was born in Ireland. Whether she was or was not, it doesn't matter. The moods of Ireland, its words and authors can be felt like ghosts standing behind the pages, in the trees of In The Woods.
The protagonist is a man who may be the sole survivor of a mystery. His two childhood friends vanished in the woods near his home, and he was found covered in blood and clinging to a tree. Small surprise that twenty years later he's a Murder Squad detective. When another murder occurs in his old home town, he catches the case.
I want very much to find out how all the pieces fit together, but more than anything, I look forward to roughly another 300 pages of wonderful writing. Stay tuned.