Tana French

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Tana French (born 10 May 1973) is an American-Irish writer and theatrical actress. She is a longtime resident of Dublin, Ireland. Her debut novel In the Woods (2007), a psychological mystery, won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for best first novel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tana French has received more than 1,294,335 page views. Her biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Tana French is the 6,418th most popular writer (down from 5,792nd in 2019), the 11,893rd most popular biography from United States (down from 10,952nd in 2019) and the 872nd most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

The likeness
Women detectives, Murder, Fiction
In the follow-up to Tana French’s runaway bestseller In the Woods, itʼs six months later and Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder Squad with no plans to go back—until an urgent telephone call summons her to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop. Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more important, who was this girl?
Faithful Place
Missing persons, First loves, Fiction
Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping hisi family’s cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn’t show. Frank took it for granted that she’d dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie’s suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not. Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he’s a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he’s willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done. ([source][1]) [1]: http://www.tanafrench.com/books_faithful_place_us.html
The witch elm
Family secrets, Death, Victims of crimes
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.
In the Woods
Detectives, Murder, Crimes against
A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspenseAs dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones.
El silencio del bosque


Among writers, Tana French ranks 6,418 out of 7,302Before her are Andrew Sarris, Jáchym Topol, Frances Wright, Michal Šanda, Thomas Hood, and Klas Östergren. After her are Jenny Erpenbeck, Barbara Kingsolver, Rick Yancey, Anna Löwenstein, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and James Lipton.

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Among people born in 1973, Tana French ranks 384Before her are Émerson Luiz Firmino, Konstantinos Kenteris, Hideki Tsukamoto, Hélène de Fougerolles, Thomas Frank, and Frank Rost. After her are Oleksandr Ponomariov, Alex Kurtzman, Sasha Roiz, Daimaou Kosaka, Christine Arron, and Igli Tare.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Tana French ranks 11,893 out of 20,380Before her are Robert Toombs (1810), Robert Duncan McNeill (1964), Michael Gaston (1962), Elizabeth Allen (1929), Jennette McCurdy (1992), and Diane Williams (1960). After her are Andrew M. Gleason (1921), Mike Enzi (1944), Andrew Bryniarski (1969), Tim Commerford (1968), Bill Gosper (1943), and Arleen Sorkin (1956).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Tana French ranks 872Before her are James Patrick Kelly (1951), Janet Evanovich (1943), Joe Hill (1972), James Branch Cabell (1879), Michael McClure (1932), and Andrew Sarris (1928). After her are Barbara Kingsolver (1955), Rick Yancey (1962), Jonathan Rosenbaum (1943), James Lipton (1926), Daniel Handler (1970), and Helen Gurley Brown (1922).