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Christine Falls - Benjamin Black
Christine Falls
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In the debut crime novel from the Booker-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society  It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office... show more
In the debut crime novel from the Booker-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society  It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse--and concealing the cause of death.It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious--and very well-guarded--secrets of Dublin's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family.Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize winner John Banville's fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black's debut marks him as a true master of the form.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780805081527 (0805081526)
ASIN: 805081526
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 340
Edition language: English
Series: Quirke (#1)
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Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books!
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books! rated it
3.0 CHRISTINE FALLS by BENJAMIN BLACK
I just finished this book. As I was reading this book, I feel like I have weighted blanket after weighted blanket added to my shoulders until I was hunched over almost in a ball of depression. The book is written well and while I don't mind a book that is deep and dramatic, this was so much more and...
Viking2917's books
Viking2917's books rated it
4.0 Christine Falls: A Novel
It started like CSI Dublin... There are a wealth of fascinating characters in Christine Falls (more on that momentarily), but the atmosphere of the book is almost more compelling than the characters, or the underlying mystery (more on that as well). Quirke is a pathologist in 1950s Dublin. It sta...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 Christine Falls
Quirke is a pathologist and has a good life. During a party he discovers his brother-in-law changing a file to cover up the cause of a corpse's death. This story reaches into the echelons of upper class Dublin and Boston. Set in 1950's Ireland this wasn't quite clear until a bit into the story ...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
4.0 Christine Falls
Not a very likable protagonist, Quirke's story is very well written by Booker prize winner Banville. Wonderful imagery and "real/flawed" characters.
Bettie's Books
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Dedication - To Ed VictorIt was not the dead that seemed to Quirke uncanny but the living.Opening - She was glad it was the evening mailboat she was taking, for she did not think she could have faced a morning departure.Seeing as my other St. Patrick's Day read did not pan out so well, I am having a...
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