One of The Chicago Tribune''s Best Reads
One of Dublin''s most powerful men meets a violent
end-and an acknowledged master of crime fiction delivers his most
gripping novel yet.
On 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. But is it suicide or murder?
For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls
in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin''s
Jewell''s coolly elegant French wife, Françoise, seems less than
shocked by her husband''s death. But Dannie, Jewell''s high-strung
sister, is devastated, and Quirke is surprised to learn that in her
grief she has turned to an unexpected friend: David Sinclair,
Quirke''s ambitious assistant in the pathology lab at the Hospital
of the Holy Family. Further, Sinclair has been seeing Quirke''s
fractious daughter Phoebe, and an unlikely romance is blossoming
between the two. As a record heat wave envelops the city and the
secret deals underpinning Diamond Dick''s empire begin to be
revealed, Quirke and Hackett find themselves caught up in a dark
web of intrigue and violence that threatens to end in disaster.
Tightly plotted and gorgeously written, A Death in
Summer proves to the brilliant but sometimes reckless Quirke
that in a city where old money and the right bloodlines rule, he is
by no means safe from mortal danger.