38 pages 1 hour read

Tana French

The Trespasser

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2016

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Chapters 6-9Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 6 Summary

After a full night’s sleep, Conway drives back on Monday morning to tackle the investigation. She spies a man in a black overcoat and a trilby hat standing at the end of her lane. When she looks again, he’s disappeared. As she scans the morning paper, she isn’t happy to see the headline article of The Courier: “Crowley is still trying to pump Aislinn into the story of the year. […] Unless we make the collar soon, the brass are gonna start feeling the pressure, they’re gonna kick the gaffer, and the gaffer is gonna kick me” (145). Fortunately, Sophie in Forensics has some encouraging news to report. She’s prevented Breslin from gaining access to Aislinn’s computer files. Sophie tells Conway about an encrypted folder that might hold some useful information once her team can crack the password. Sophie also says that Aislinn’s apartment has been wiped down—no fingerprints could be found anywhere. Conway concludes that the mob might have cleaned the apartment after the murder.

Aislinn’s browser history reveals her interest in two gangland murder cases that Detectives Breslin and McCann handled. The gang’s leader is Cueball Lanigan. Conway suspects he might be Aislinn’s mystery boyfriend. Conway goes looking for Breslin to get an update but overhears him in a confidential conversation with McCann.