The Lemur by Benjamin Black
A Novel

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A new thriller from the Booker Prize–winning and Edgar-nominated author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan

John Glass's life in New York should be plenty comfortable. He's given up his career as a journalist to write an authorized biography of his father-in-law, communications magnate and former CIA agent Big Bill Mulholland. He works in a big office in Mulholland Tower, rent-free, and goes home (most nights) to his wealthy and well-preserved wife, Wild Bill's daughter. He misses his old life sometimes, but all in all things have turned out well.

But when his shifty young researcher--a man he calls "The Lemur"--turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass's whole easy existence is threatened. Then the young man is murdered, and it's up to Glass to find out what The Lemur knew, and who killed him, before any secrets come out--and before any other bodies appear.Shifting from 1950s Dublin to contemporary New York, the masterful crime writer Benjamin Black returns in this standalone thriller--a story of family secrets so deep, and so dangerous, that anyone might kill to keep them hidden.


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 March 5, 2003 by Picador. 132 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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The third crime drama from John Banville's alter ego, Benjamin Black, replaces 1950s Dublin with contemporary Ireland and New York, where John Glass, a burnt-out journalist, has agreed to a fee of $1m to write the biography of his father-in-law, "Big Bill" Mulholland – "one of the fiercest and mo...

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And there are some memorable observations - "The trouble with smoking was that the desire to smoke was so much greater than the satisfaction afforded by actually smoking .

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Glass is married to Louise, who, we are.

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The Bookbag

Maybe Pages: 184 Date: September 2008 Publisher: Picador ISBN: 978-0330461252 The Lemur, the slim new novella from John Banville writing as Benjamin Black, forsakes 1950s Dublin and Quirke, the quirky hero of Black's first two mysteries (Christine Falls and The Silver Swan), and ...

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