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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 - 2008-01-22 (first published in 2006)
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The hero of Christine Falls, Quirke, is a surly pathologist living in 1950s Dublin. One night, after having a few drinks at a party, he returns to the morgue to find his brother-in-law tampering with the records on a young woman's corpse. The next morning, when his hangover has worn off, Quirke reluctantly begins looking into the woman's history. H...
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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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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, h...
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Book 3
Elegy for April
A Novel (Quirke Book 3)
Benjamin Black - 2010-04-13
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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...
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Book 4
A Death in Summer
A Novel (Quirke Book 4)
Benjamin Black - 2011-07-05
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One of The Chicago Tribune's Best Reads of 2011One of Dublin's most powerful men meets a violent end— and an acknowledged master of crime fiction delivers his most gripping novel yetOn a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell—known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick—is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. Bu...
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Book 5
A Novel (Quirke Book 5)
Benjamin Black - 2012-08-07
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A bizarre suicide leads to a scandal and then still more blood, as one of our most brilliant crime novelists reveals a world where money and sex trump everythingIt's a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye, one of Ireland's most successful businessmen, takes his boat far out to sea. With him is his partner's son—who becomes the sole witness when...
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Book 6
Holy Orders
A Quirke Novel
Benjamin Black - 2013-08-20
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She looked at him and smiled sadly. You've lived too long among the dead, Quirke, she said.He nodded. Yes, I suppose I have. She was not the first one to have told him that, and she would not be the last.1950s Dublin. When a body is found in the canal, pathologist Quirke and his detective friend Inspector Hackett must find the truth behind this bru...
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Book 7
Even the Dead
A Quirke Novel (Quirke, 7)
Benjamin Black - 2017-01-03 (first published in 2015)
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A suspicious death, a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing: Quirke's latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foePerhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long. Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumor. A specialist diagnoses an old head inju...
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Book 8
April in Spain
A Novel
John Banville - 2021-10-05
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Booker Prize winner John Banville returns with a dark and evocative new mystery set on the Spanish coastDon't disturb the dead…On the idyllic coast of San Sebastian, Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke is struggling to relax, despite the beaches, cafés and the company of his disarmingly lovely wife. When he glimpses a familiar face in the twilight at ...