The Searcher

Viking. Oct. 2020. 464p. ISBN 9780735224650. $27. SUSPENSE
Cal Hooper moved to a small Irish village after leaving his job in the Chicago police department. He’s still smarting from a divorce he hadn’t wanted and worried about his fragile grown daughter, and he figures that the manual labor of fixing up a rundown cottage and working a bit of land somewhere quiet is just what he needs. He seems to be settling in to village life nicely, spending the occasional evening down at the pub and coping with the attentions of the local matchmaker. But his neighbors’ sheep are being mutilated and a local kid, Trey, turns up at his door asking for help finding a missing brother. Cal isn’t interested in wasting his time looking for a young man who, by all accounts, is probably couch surfing in Dublin, but when he’s warned off investigating by a group of men in the village, Cal decides to take another look.
VERDICT French’s second stand-alone novel (after The Witch Elm) is a slow-burn stunner that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. Recommend to the author’s legions of fans, as well as those who enjoy crime fiction set in small towns like Julia Keller’s or Jane Harper’s novels.

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