La Maison des absents by Tana French

By Tana French

« L’un des 10 meilleurs livres de l’année. […] Avec une intelligence bold, Tana French dépeint une tragédie familiale, les points les moins reluisants du travail de flic et les chagrins d’une génération. »
The Washington Post

Broken Harbour, un lotissement fantôme à quelques encablures de Dublin : pas tout à fait terminé, pas tout à fait habité, une espèce de chantier laissé à l’abandon. Deux enfants et leur père sont morts. los angeles mère est en soins intensifs.

Mike Kennedy se voit attribuer l’affaire parce qu’il est l’as de l. a. brigade criminelle. Et de top abord, ça ne fait pas un pli : Patrick Spain, victime de l. a. crise, a poignardé ses enfants, tenté de supprimer sa femme Jenny puis retourné l’arme contre lui. Mais trop d’incohérences s’accumulent, et les preuves pointent dans deux instructions. Le plus étrange, c’est que cette enquête, censée se résoudre d’elle-même, rouvre chez sa sœur et lui une plaie ancienne : le drame survenu dans leur famille, un été, vingt ans plus tôt, au bord des falaises de damaged Harbour, « quand quelques jours au bord de l. a. mer d’Irlande dans une caravane de situation suffisaient à faire de nous des princes »…

Dans ce roman emblématique de l’Irlande des années de crise, salué de toutes components comme son meilleur livre à ce jour, Tana French déploie tout son artwork du suspense pour raconter le naufrage d’une famille et d’un will pay tout entier.

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Whereas Finland shows the third smallest property crime rate, its contact crime incidence is only surpassed by England and Wales and Australia. 3 Crime and Potential Factors of Crime Differences in crime are subject to many different factors. Before presenting prominent hypotheses on causes and consequences of crime in Chapter 3, some important and popular correlates of crime merit particular attention. According to many crime theories, family disruption is held responsible for the emergence of crime (especialIy of crime comrnitted by youths).

8) it is a logical consequence that the estimation results will also show a certain variation. In estimation practice, however, "[ ... ] these theories share many ofthe same independent variables" (Agnew 1995:363). Thus, empirical reasons seem to be more important for the discrimination between possibly conflicting results. Empirical studies might vary with respect to the starting-point of data collection (official institutions, (potential) offenders or victims), the degree of data aggregation (individual or aggregated data), the dimension of the data (panel, cross-sectional or time-series data), the choice of the dependent variables (different crime categories, initiation or continuation) and explanatory variables and the statistical method applied to the data.

Finally, some remarks about the effects of crime on social cohesion and economic performance are appropriate. Skogan (1991) provides a list of far-reaching consequences of crime for social and economic organisations: • physical and psychological withdrawal from community life, • weakening of the informal social control processes that inhibit crime, • decline in the organisational life and mobilisation capacity of the neighbourhood, • deteriorating business conditions, • importation and domestic production of delinquency and deviance, • further dramatic changes in the composition of the population.

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