The inimitable Quirke returns in another spellbinding crime novel, in which a young woman's dubious suicide sets off a new string of hazards and deceptions
Two years have passed since the events of the bestselling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, his surrogate father lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.
With much to regret from his last inquisitive foray, Quirke ought to know better than to let his curiosity get the best of him. Yet when an almost forgotten acquaintance comes to him about his beautiful young wife's apparent suicide, Quirke's "old itch to cut into the quick of things, to delve into the dark of what was hidden" is roused again. As he begins to probe further into the shadowy circumstances of Deirdre Hunt's death, he discovers many things that might better have remained hidden, as well as grave danger to those
Haunting, masterfully written, and utterly mesmerizing in its nuance, The Silver Swan fully lives up to the promise of Christine Falls and firmly establishes Benjamin Black (a.k.a. John Banville) among the greatest of crime writers.
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Long after Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler transcended the stigma of generic pulp for literary legitimacy, novelists such as Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos and the underrated David Lindsey continue to obliterate the line between mystery and literature.Mar 04 2008 | Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
Such a job calls for an honorable protagonist someone just like Quirke, professionally implausible as a “hotshot pathologist” at the Hospital of the Holy Family in 1950s Dublin (where he hardly ever shows up for work), but superbly suited to the role of sleuth by virtue of his “incurable curios...Apr 20 2008 | Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
He expects the corpse to help him determine cause of death, especially in cases that are not clear-cut.” And the death of Deidre is just such a situation, especially “after he had chanced on [a] needle mark in the woman’s arm.” Thus he goes ahead with the autopsy, and when he lies to the coroner’...Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
After a young woman's corpse is fished from the sea, Dublin pathologist Quirke delves into a ''grimy little suburban melodrama'' of kinky sex, drugs, and murder.Feb 29 2008 | Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
Summary: The sequel to the critically acclaimed Christine Falls delivers a neat whodunit plot set in nineteen-fifties Dublin.Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
Interestingly, Deirdre did not drown but Quirke finds a puncture wound on one of her arms.| Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
Everyone here suffers some form of spiritual desolation, a state perfectly exemplified by Quirke's widowed friend Mal, who has been given a dog by his daughter: "It was a stunted, wire-haired thing the color of wet sacking?.Mar 12 2008 | Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
Review: Benjamin Black's second novel to feature Quirke, The Silver Swan, has the Dublin pathologist facing personal battles as well as professional ones when he fails to quell his curiosity and performs an autopsy on a woman who purportedly accidentally drowned in the sea.| Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
John Banville (The Sea, Award Star Booker Prize, 4.5 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2006), writing under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, introduced readers to the hard-drinking pathologist Garret Quirke in Christine Falls ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection May/June 2007).Apr 10 2008 | Read Full Review of The Silver Swan: A Novel
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