The Resource In the woods

In the woods

Label
In the woods
Title
In the woods
Statement of responsibility
Tana French
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Language
eng
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Award
  • Anthony Award for Best First Novel, 2008.
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, 2008.
  • Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel, 2008.
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, land the first big murder case of their police careers: a 12-year-old girl has been murdered in the woods adjacent to a Dublin suburb. Twenty years before, two children disappeared in the same woods, and Ryan was found clinging to a tree trunk, his sneakers filled with blood, unable to tell police anything about what happened to his friends. Ryan, although scarred by his experience, employs all his skills in the search for the killer and in hopes that the investigation will also reveal what happened to his childhood friends. In the Woods is a superior novel about cops, murder, memory, relationships, and modern Ireland. The characters of Ryan and Maddox, as well as a handful of others, are vividly developed in this intelligent and beautifully written first novel, and author French relentlessly builds the psychological pressure on Ryan as the investigation lurches onward under the glare of the tabloid media. Equally striking is the picture of contemporary Ireland, booming economically and fixated on the shabbiest aspects of American popular culture. An outstanding debut and a series to watch for procedural fans. -- Thomas Gaughan (Reviewed 05-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 17, p29)
  • Irish author French expertly walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller in her debut. When Katy Devlin, a 12-year-old girl from Knocknaree, a Dublin suburb, is found murdered at a local archeological dig, Det. Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, must probe deep into the victim's troubled family history. There are chilling similarities between the Devlin murder and the disappearance 20 years before of two children from the same neighborhood who were Ryan's best friends. Only Maddox knows Ryan was involved in the 1984 case. The plot climaxes with a taut interrogation by Maddox of a potential suspect, and the reader is floored by the eventual identity and motives of the killer. A distracting political subplot involves a pending motorway in Knocknaree, but Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 12, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 11, p34)
  • The discovery of a body near a spooky wood forces a murder-squad detective in Ireland to confront his own horrific past, in an engrossing if melancholy debut.This mystery, heavy on psycho-drama, is set in the Dublin suburb of Knocknaree and is the first in a sequence to feature detectives Cassie Maddox and Adam Ryan. Adam has hidden his secret from everyone in the police force except his partner and best friend Cassie. She alone knows that he was the surviving child of three who went missing in the wood in 1984. Adam was found clinging to a tree, his shoes full of blood; there was no trace of his pals Peter and Jamie, nor could Adam remember a thing. Now, 20 years on, Katy Devlin's battered body has been found by the same wood, where an archaeological dig is in progress, under threat from plans for a new road. The investigation—Operation Vestal—evokes queasy sensations and flashes of recollection in Adam. The relationship with Cassie goes awry after the two sleep together. Adam eventually solves the Katy Devlin murder, but in this meditation on lost innocence, psychopathology and fear, his success is ruined when his own history emerges, leading to demotion.When not lengthily bogged down in angst, a readable, non-formulaic police procedural with a twist. It's ultimately the confession of a damaged man. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2007)
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Cataloging source
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French, Tana
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Dublin Murder Squad novels
Series volume
0001
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  • Detectives
  • Murder
  • Children
Label
In the woods
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Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
429 p.
Isbn
9780670038602
Lccn
2006033498
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o74029186
  • (OCoLC)74029186
Label
In the woods
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
429 p.
Isbn
9780670038602
Lccn
2006033498
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o74029186
  • (OCoLC)74029186

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