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Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a remote 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 then a local kid comes looking for his help. His brother has gone missing, and no one, least of all the police, seems to care. Cal wants nothing to do with any kind of investigation, but somehow he can't make himself walk away.
Soon Cal will discover that even in the most idyllic small town, secrets lie hidden, people aren't always what they seem, and trouble can come calling at his door.
Our greatest living mystery writer weaves a masterful tale of breath-taking beauty and suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and the dangers of finding what we seek.
WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT TANA FRENCH
'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History' THE TIMES
'An engrossing, unpredictable, beautifully written mystery' SOPHIE HANNAH
'To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer' GILLIAN FLYNN
'French offers a masterclass in unreliability' SUNDAY TIMES
'I'm a big fan of Tana French' IAN RANKIN
'The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists' OBSERVER
'This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction's] biggest contemporary star' GUARDIAN
'Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent' STEPHEN KING
'Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin' LUCY MANGAN, STYLIST
'This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' ERIN KELLY
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This is a tour de force of suspense and storytelling. Comes closer to perfection than anything I've read in the last decade
French offers a masterclass in unreliability
This is completely, indescribably magnificent. Tana French is a pure genius
A story of redemption and friendship, love and betrayal, it is a work of great strength and beauty
To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer
I'm a big fan of Tana French
The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists
This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction's] biggest contemporary star
Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent
This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time
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