One of The Chicago Tribune's Best Reads of 2011
One of Dublin's most powerful men meets a violent end-- and an acknowledged master of crime fiction delivers his most gripping novel yet
On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell--known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick--is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.
Jewell's coolly elegant French wife, Françoise, seems less than shocked by her husband's death. But Dannie, Jewell's high-strung sister, is devastated, and Quirke is surprised to learn that in her grief she has turned to an unexpected friend: David Sinclair, Quirke's ambitious assistant in the pathology lab at the Hospital of the Holy Family. Further, Sinclair has been seeing Quirke's fractious daughter Phoebe, and an unlikely romance is blossoming between the two. As a record heat wave envelops the city and the secret deals underpinning Diamond Dick's empire begin to be revealed, Quirke and Hackett find themselves caught up in a dark web of intrigue and violence that threatens to end in disaster.
Tightly plotted and gorgeously written, A Death in Summer proves to the brilliant but sometimes reckless Quirke that in a city where old money and the right bloodlines rule, he is by no means safe from mortal danger.
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Following a lead to the south of France during the fourth of his investigations to be committed to print, Dublin pathologist Dr Quirke notes that "the Customs Officials and the passport police scowled and elaborately shrugged, as they were supposed to".Jul 07 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
Black's flat fourth crime novel set in 1950s Ireland (after Elegy for April) takes Dublin pathologist Quirke to Brook-lands, the country estate of newspaper baron Richard "Diamond Dick" Jewell, whose nearly headless body is found one summer afternoon in his office above the stables.May 23 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
“This is an elegant novel, well-paced with dramatic twists, disturbing surprises and richly drawn characters whose actions and motives have a tangible psychological depth.”Richard “Diamond Dick” Jewell is found in his country home with his head blown off and a shotgun in his hands, but Dublin pat...Jul 05 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
"Black throws around red herrings, leads readers down back alleys and to beautiful, lush estates, but at times readers know more about what is going on than either Quirke or Hackett."Aug 12 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
Characteristically, Mr. Black softens his description of the setting of the bloody death with an evocative rural passage in which he notes, “It added to the shock of the event that it had taken place on a drowsy Sunday afternoon in summer while the beeches along the drive sweltered in the sun and...Sep 09 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
Black's previous novel, Elegy for April, was an impressive disappearing act of a mystery, akin to pulling a rabbit out of a hat and then revealing that there actually was no hat after all.Jul 13 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
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There is more sunshine here than in Quirke's previous outings—Dublin bakes in summer heat—but the mood is familiarly somber and it darkens further when Quirke discovers that Jewell was a generous patron of the Catholic orphanage in which he, Quirke, spent part of his childhood.Jul 27 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
This latest offering in the Quirke series opens with the shotgun killing of newspaper proprietor Richard Jewell, aka Diamond Dick.| Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
The first three Black novels about Dublin pathologist Garret Quirke are enveloped by various shades of grey, but Death in Summer, the fourth, swaps dingy pubs and oppressive nighttime fog for “tawny” afternoons and summer “going blithely about its blue-and-gold business.” In interviews, Banville...Sep 08 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
Small wonder then that the endowment of a pulmonary clinic in the hospital where Quirke heads the pathology department is one of the late Jewell's philanthropic gestures.May 28 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
Jewellâs cool, elegant French wife, Francoise dâAubigny, a woman Quirke met once before at a social event, was off riding one of her horses when the murder took place, and Jewellâs half-sister, Dannie is disinterestedly lounging on the sofa drinking gin and tonic when the police arrive:.Aug 25 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
Benjamin Black mysteries follow, primarily, a pathologist named Dr. Quirke, who solves crimes in 1950s Dublin with the help of an assistant named Sinclair and a police inspector named Hackett.Aug 17 2011 | Read Full Review of A Death in Summer
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