August 28, 2012 8:11 PM

Writer Tana French finds her niche in dark themes

“Broken Harbor” is Tara French’s fourth book, and though it is a psychological thriller with grisly murders to solve and troubled police officers to solve them, it is also a state-of-the-nation novel, a portrait of a wrecked Ireland consuming itself within. It has drawn praise for its elegant writing as much as for its clever plot.

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