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The Silver Swan

by Benjamin Black

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Could not ever get into it. Stopped reading about halfway. Probably going to donate this to the book sale.
  Julie.Dorsett | Jul 8, 2017 |
@ Irish pathologist — bleak, drinking, incest all ties together lies etc.

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a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke’s long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.
  christinejoseph | May 11, 2017 |
I found this more entertaining than Christine Falls; the characters were well rounded and intriguing to see the network of relationships between them. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Good Noir mystery. Slow in pace but it suits the main character's personality. Exactly what I would expect from a Noir novel. ( )
  add_dragon | Mar 26, 2016 |
I was a little disappointed with this one. We get the usual deep characters, some of whom understand themselves very little, and an interesting combination of circumstances. But we don't really get a chance to solve the mystery; there simply aren't enough clues. Quirke stumbles through the story in his usual fashion but fails to uncover the truth. We suspect that Inspector Hackett might have gotten to it, but we can't be sure. The author gives us the resolution in a final chapter, which is separate from any investigations. ( )
  Jim53 | Mar 12, 2016 |
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The 1950s Dublin setting - all Guinness drays, blackbird song and biscuit-factory smells - is rendered as sensuously as it would be in any novel by Banville, a writer having fun of the highest standard.
 
"Make no mistake, Black is a grand writer with a seductive style, and the dark, repressive world he makes of postwar Dublin — when there’s no shortage of religious brothers to run the workhouses or nuns to operate the convent hospitals — goes a long way to explain why everyone in this morally claustrophobic world is so sex-mad. But the conventions of crime fiction provide structural security for any exploratory attack on the subject of evil (or sin, as Black’s characters are more apt to define it), and failing to take full advantage of that freedom is like traveling all the way to Ireland and neglecting to visit either a church or a pub."
 
The Silver Swan is a defter and more complex book than its predecessor, which occasionally found plot development smothered under the weight of Banville / Black's always ravishing prose.
 

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Irascible Dublin pathologist Quirke gets in over his head when an old acquaintance asks him to investigate the apparent suicide of his young wife, Deirdre Hunt, and Quirke uncovers some dangerous secrets that had been better off hidden. [NoveList]
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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, 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
he loves.
 
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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Quirke, an irascible, hard-drinking Dublin pathologist, investigates the apparent suicide of Deidre Hunt, the beautiful young wife of an old acquaintance, and discovers many things that might better have remained hidden, as well as grave danger to those he loves.--From publisher description.… (more)

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