Voicing the Unspeakable: Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad
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Peterson examines Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series from the perspective of trauma theory to argue that the crime genre is fertile ground for examining the experience of individual and communal trauma. Through techniques associated with the trauma novel, the Dublin Murder Squad series is read in the context of Ireland’s long history of trauma, including colonialism and the Celtic Tiger years, which triggered a wide and traumatic socio-economic response along with increased interest in the Irish detective novel. Through motifs of amnesia, archaeology, and the supernatural, this series complicates the standard detective story's narrative of discovery by blending it with the trauma victim’s paradoxical need to utter the ‘unspeakable’.