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The Witch Elm
A Novel
By (author): Tana French
9780735224629 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Oct 09, 2018
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.32 x 9.32 x 1.61 in 528 pages Viking
“Tana French’s best and most intricately nuanced novel yet…Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns.” -The New York Times

A brilliant new work of suspense from “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years.” (Washington Post)

From the writer who “inspires cultic devotion in readers” (The New Yorker) and has been called “incandescent” by Stephen King, “absolutely mesmerizing” by Gillian Flynn, and “unputdownable” (People), comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out.

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

Story Locale: Dublin, Ireland

RISING TO NEW COMMERCIAL HEIGHTS: French debuted at her highest NYT bestseller position yet with The Trespasser, and it’s her bestselling hardcover so far.

AND A NEW CRITICAL PEAK TOO: The Trespasser affirmed Tana as a genre-defying writer, earning review coverage far exceeding the level of her previous books. It appeared on best of the year lists in Elle, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, People, Buzzfeed, Amazon, Cup of Jo, and Vulture. She received glowing review coverage in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, and more.

STAND-ALONE SUSPENSE: The Witch Elm has a murder and detectives, but our hero is the victim of a crime. French brings all of her powerhouse atmospherics and characterization to a story that plays with the traditions of suspense fiction and keeps you guessing.

BACKLIST REPACKAGE: Tana’s backlist will continue to be repackaged following the style of The Trespasser, and we’ll continue with that look for The Witch Elm.

Tana French is also the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, The Secret Place and The Trespasser. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Author Residence: Dublin, Ireland

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Praise for Tana French:

“A tour de force…When you read Ms. French—and she has become required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting—make only one assumption: All of your initial assumptions are wrong.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“[Tana French] inspires cultic devotion in readers…most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is consuming.”—The New Yorker

“There’s nothing standard about French’s approach to crime fiction, which plays the form much like a jazz musician improvising on a standard. Even when the outlines of the mystery seem familiar…she finds a way to get at enriching themes and powerful emotional truths in fresh and surprising ways.”—Chicago Tribune

“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

“Terrific—terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent.”—Stephen King

“One of the most distinct and exciting new voices in crime writing.”—The Wall Street Journal


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