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Holy Orders: Quirke 6: Quirke Mysteries Book 6 Kindle Edition
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Benjamin Black is the pen name of acclaimed author John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. He lives in Dublin.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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'A stunning evocation of mid-century Dublin . . . the literary incarnation of Quirke is going from strength to strength' Independent
She looked at him and smiled sadly. 'You've lived too long among the dead, Quirke,' she said.
1950s Dublin. When a body is found in the canal, pathologist Quirke and his detective friend Inspector Hackett must uncover the truth behind this brutal murder. But in a world where the police are not trusted and secrets often remain buried there is perhaps little hope of bringing the perpetrator to justice.
As spring storms descend on Dublin, Quirke and Hackett's investigation leads them into the dark heart of the organisation that really runs this troubled city: the Church. Meanwhile, Quirke's daughter Phoebe realises she is being followed; and when Quirke's terrible childhood in a priest-run orphanage returns to haunt him, he will face his greatest trial yet . . .
'The sixth in the increasingly impressive Quirke series . . . Charged with foreboding, the tale advances to the funereal rhythm of a muffled drum until Black unveils the devastatingly bleak noir climax' Irish Times
'It is doubtful that anyone can write as well as Benjamin Black when it comes to a psychological mystery' Washington Times--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 868 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : Mantle; Main Market Ed. edition (1 June 2013)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B00D2IMNHU
- Language: : English
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I won't give away the plot, but this book as with all the others is as much about Quirke and his very odd relationships as it is about the murder at the centre of it - poor Jimmy. It twists and turns and is wrought with angst and I just loved it.
We are not taken on a roller coaster ride gripping the edge of our seats and scarcely breathing with tension. Rather we savour each moment owing to the quality of the writing and the evocation of a world palpably alive. At times I think Black is inclined to gild the lily when it comes to his love of images; "his heart had come loose for a second and dropped and bounced, like a ball attached to elastic". Here, and occasionally elsewhere we may smile, albeit a little superciliously. Nonetheless, for the most part the texture of the writing is dense and often strikingly original. Phoebe remains my favourite character - a genuine original.
This is the sixth and last of the Quirke novels to date. Already I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms. This response is all the sharper because "Holy Orders" seems to me the best of them all.