Tana French book cover of ‘The Searcher’
In 'The Searcher,' a retired Chicago cop moves to rural Ireland to escape the daily grind, but duty calls when a local boy goes missing. Greta Johnsen / WBEZ

Nerdette Book Club: Tana French’s ‘The Searcher’

Author Sarah Vowell and comedian Maeve Higgins visit the Nerdette Book Club for a spoiler-filled discussion about a plodding murder mystery.

In 'The Searcher,' a retired Chicago cop moves to rural Ireland to escape the daily grind, but duty calls when a local boy goes missing. Greta Johnsen / WBEZ
Tana French book cover of ‘The Searcher’
In 'The Searcher,' a retired Chicago cop moves to rural Ireland to escape the daily grind, but duty calls when a local boy goes missing. Greta Johnsen / WBEZ

Nerdette Book Club: Tana French’s ‘The Searcher’

Author Sarah Vowell and comedian Maeve Higgins visit the Nerdette Book Club for a spoiler-filled discussion about a plodding murder mystery.

Welcome to the Nerdette Book Club! Each month, we read a book and chat about it with a rotating group of panelists. This month’s pick is The Searcher by Tana French.

It’s a fish-out-of-water story about stranger in a strange land. It’s also an homage to the classic Western genre. Cal, a retired Chicago police officer, moves to rural Western Ireland to renovate a ramshackle cabin. When a local kid asks for his help in finding a missing sibling, Cal can’t say no.

Listen along as Nerdette host Greta Johnsen discusses the book with historian and author Sarah Vowell and comedian (and Irish person!) Maeve Higgins. We also hear from many of you!