The Hunter

The Hunter

The gripping and atmospheric new crime drama from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE SEARCHER


'A richly told tale of tangled loyalties. French ratchets up the tension in increments . . . By the end, these characters have taken on such solidity that, long after finishing it, I often catch myself wondering how they’re doing – a testament to the author’s mastery of her craft' GUARDIAN

Return to the dark underbelly of Ardnakelty in the thrilling new sequel to The Searcher.


It’s a blazing summer when two men arrive in the village. They’re coming for gold. What they bring is trouble.

Two years have passed since retired Police Detective Cal Hooper moved from Chicago to the West of Ireland looking for peace. He’s found it, more or less – in his relationship with local woman Lena, and the bond he’s formed with half-wild teenager Trey. So when two men turn up with a money-making scheme to find gold in the townland, Cal gets ready to do whatever it takes to protect Trey. Because one of the men is no stranger: he’s Trey’s father.

But Trey doesn’t want protecting. What she wants is revenge.

Crackling with tension and slow-burn suspense, The Hunter explores what we’ll do for our loved ones, what we’ll do for revenge, and what we sacrifice when the two collide, from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Tana French.


Nobody writes tension like Tana French:

'Terrific - terrifying, amazing' STEPHEN KING
'One of the greats of contemporary crime fiction' IAN RANKIN
'The most important crime novelist to emerge in the last ten years' WASHINGTON POST
‘A truly great writer’ GILLIAN FLYNN
'Among the first rank of great literary novelists' OBSERVER
'A masterful, beautiful mystery...' CHRIS WHITAKER
'Crime fiction's biggest contemporary star' GUARDIAN
‘Completely, indescribably magnificent’ MARIAN KEYES
‘Lyrical, suspenseful, unpredictable’ HARLAN COBEN
‘Comes closer to perfection than anything I’ve read in the last decade’ SARAH HILARY
‘A spectacularly talented writer’ LOUISE O’NEILL


  • Spectacular. Beautifully crafted characters and full of tension... I was on edge from page one
    Shelley Burr

About the author

Tana French

Tana French is the Sunday Times and New York Times-bestselling author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place, The Trespasser and The Wych Elm. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry and Macavity awards, the LA Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Irish Book Award for Best Crime Fiction. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin. She lives in Dublin with her family.
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