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Quirke is a surly pathologist in 1950s Dublin. Stumbling on a coverup, he finds himself investigating a vast plot--even though it puts him in danger. Black vividly evokes the historical setting in these intricate and psychologically complex thrillers.
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Book 1
Christine Falls
A Novel (Quirke (1))
Benjamin Black - 2007-03-06 (first published in 2006)
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Pathologist Quirke lives in 1950s Dublin and investigates the tampering of a woman's corpse's records by his brother-in-law. His investigation leads to a plot involving the Catholic Church and members of his own family, putting Quirke in danger. This thrilling novel by John Banville blends vivid psychological insight with a dark, menacing atmosphere.
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Book 2
The Silver Swan
A Novel (Quirke Book 2)
Benjamin Black - 2008-03-04 (first published in 2007)
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A spellbinding crime novel featuring the irascible Quirke, a Dublin pathologist. When an acquaintance requests his help with his beautiful young wife's apparent suicide, Quirke's curiosity gets the best of him. As he delves into the shadowy circumstances of Deirdre Hunt's death, he uncovers secrets that may have been better left hidden. With haunting prose and mesmerizing nuance, this book firmly establishes the author as one of the greatest crime writers.
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Book 3
Elegy for April
A Novel (Quirke Book 3)
Benjamin Black - 2010-04-13
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In 1950s Dublin, Quirke, a hard-drinking pathologist, goes on a search for his daughter's missing friend, April Latimer, who has scandalously disappeared. Alongside his old pal, Detective Inspector Hackett, Quirke uncovers dark truths about family dysfunction, religious cruelty, and racism. A thrilling crime novel fused with a touching portrayal of father-daughter love, Elegy for April by Benjamin Black is a must-read for fans of Irish mysteries.
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Book 4
A Death in Summer
A Novel (Quirke Book 4)
Benjamin Black - 2011-07-05
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This crime fiction novel follows Detective Inspector Hackett and his friend Quirke, who has access to Dublin's elite society. When a powerful newspaper tycoon is found dead from a shotgun blast, Hackett and Quirke begin investigating. As secrets and unexpected relationships are revealed, they uncover a dark web of intrigue and violence that could end in disaster. A Death in Summer is a gripping, tightly plotted novel that proves even the elite are not safe from danger.
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Book 5
A Novel (Quirke Book 5)
Benjamin Black - 2012-08-07
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In this gripping crime novel, a successful businessman's bizarre suicide leads to scandal, followed by more bloodshed and a shocking secret that threatens the lives and reputations of Dublin's elite. Detective Inspector Hackett enlists the help of consultant pathologist Quirke, as they interview the dead man's wife, sons, and partner, uncovering a world where money and sex trump everything. But who is seeking vengeance and why?
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Book 6
Holy Orders
A Quirke Novel
Benjamin Black - 2013-08-20
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A haunting murder mystery set in 1950s Dublin. Pathologist Quirke and Inspector Hackett must navigate a world of buried secrets and untrustworthy police to solve the brutal crime. As they delve deeper, they uncover the dark heart of the city: the church. But Quirke's personal demons and his daughter's mysterious stalker may prove to be their greatest challenges yet.
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Book 7
Even the Dead
A Quirke Novel (Quirke, 7)
Benjamin Black - 2016-01-12 (first published in 2015)
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This intense mystery follows pathologist Quirke as he investigates a suspicious death and the sudden disappearance of a pregnant woman. As he delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a shadowy world where politics and religion are used to make obscene profits. With beautiful writing and a fascinating protagonist, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Book 8
April in Spain
A Novel
John Banville - 2021-10-05
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A dark and evocative mystery novel set on the Spanish coast follows Dublin pathologist Quirke as he tries to relax with his wife, but is thrown off when he sees a woman who can't possibly be alive. Quirke's instincts lead him to call Detective St. John Strafford back in Ireland, but they soon find out they aren't the only ones en route to Spain. With a relentless hit man on the hunt, Quirke may become the next victim. April in Spain is a propulsive and transporting thriller from a master writer.