Elegy for April by Benjamin Black
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Quirke—the hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist—is back, and he's determined to find his daughter's best friend, a well-connected young doctor

April Latimer has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional.

Now April has disappeared, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Frantic, Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. In their separate ways the two men follow April's trail through some of the darker byways of the city to uncover crucial information on her whereabouts. And as Quirke becomes deeply involved in April's murky story, he encounters complicated and ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred.

Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of the difficult and relentless love between a father and his daughter, this is Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.


 

About Benjamin Black

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Benjamin Black is the pen name of the novelist John Banville. As Black, he is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Quirke novels, including Christine Falls, The Silver Swan, and Elegy for April, and his standalone novel, The Lemur. Christine Falls was nominated for both the Edgar Award and Macavity Award for Best Novel. Writing as John Banville, his novel The Sea is the winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize. Black was born in Wexford, Ireland, and lives in Dublin.
 
Published April 13, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.. 303 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Though Quirke succeeds in interesting his friend Inspector Hackett in the case, he doesn’t succeed in much else, largely because April’s older brother Oscar and their widowed mother Celia simply assume the family’s black sheep has gone off with still another man, and her uncle Bill, Ireland’s Min...

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“As she sat and gazed at him,” Mr. Banville/Black writes, “he felt like a slow old moose caught in the crosshairs of a polished and very powerful rifle.” Set in the 1950s, when a fashionable woman may show up in a mink coat and “a little hat the size and blackness of a bat,” the Quirke books m...

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Book Reporter

One feels the ground shifting under Dublin and Quirke on every page, and can be left with the certainty that the next Quirke book cannot come fast enough.

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Los Angeles Times

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"Elegy for April" is the third crime story that the Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist John Banville has published under the pseudonym Benjamin Black.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Benjamin Black's series of novels about a Dublin medical examiner called just Quirke, even by his own daughter, is not a nostalgic look back at the fifties;

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Reviewing the Evidence

In general, the book is about Quirke himself, his slide back into drunkenness, his attempts to form attachments, and his lovely new car, which he learns to drive in an hour but never quite manages to license either it or himself.

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Oregon Live

Banville is the Booker Prize-winning author of "The Sea" whose new novel "The Infinities" is based on Heinrich von Kleist's 1807 play "Amphitryon."

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Independent.ie

This is the third "Quirke Dublin mystery" from Benjamin Black, aka John Banville.

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Scotsman.com

Elegy for April is the third in the series of Benjamin Black's crime novels set in 1950s Dublin and featuring the pathologist, Dr Quirke.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

“Before he went on the latest drinking bout, when he was supposed not to be taking alcohol in any form, he used to take Phoebe to dinner here on Tuesday nights and share a bottle of wine with her, his only tipple of the week.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Elegy for April is the third in a series featuring Garret Quirke, a hard-drinking pathologist and recurrent sleuth in 1950s Dublin, after Christine Falls (4 of 5 Stars Selection May/June 2007) and The Silver Swan (3.5 of 5 Stars May/June 2008).

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Metro

‘It was the worst of winter weather, and April Latimer was missing,’ is the excellent opening sentence for the third of John Banville’s Quirke crime novels, set in 1950s Dublin and written under the pseudonym Benjamin Black.

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Harbor Light

In the course of the investigation Quirke meets April’s circle of friends: Patrick Ojukwu, a Nigerian student doctor, actress Isabel Galloway, and Jimmy Minor, newspaper reporter.

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