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Christine Falls: A Novel

by Benjamin Black

Picador | January 22, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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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. He discovers a plot that spans two continents, implicates the Catholic Church, and may just involve members of his own family. He is warned--first subtly, then with violence--to lay off, but Quirke is a stubborn man. The first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banville's writing to the dark, menacing atmosphere of a first-class thriller.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 5.91 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: January 22, 2008

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312426321

ISBN - 13: 9780312426323

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Christine Falls: A Novel

Christine Falls: A Novel

by Benjamin Black

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 5.91 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: January 22, 2008

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312426321

ISBN - 13: 9780312426323

About the Book

In the debut crime novel from a Booker Prize-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the citys high Catholic society.

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Chapter One   It was not the dead that seemed to quirke uncanny but the living. When he walked into the morgue long after midnight and saw Malachy Griffin there he felt a shiver along his spine that was to prove prophetic, a tremor of troubles to come. Mal was in Quirke’s office, sitting at the desk. Quirke stopped in the unlit body room, among the shrouded forms on their trolleys, and watched him through the open doorway. He was seated with his back to the door, leaning forward intently in his steel-framed spectacles, the desk lamp lighting the left side of his face and making an angry pink glow through the shell of his ear. He had a file open on the desk before him and was writing in it with peculiar awkwardness. This would have struck Quirke as stranger than it did if he had not been drunk. The scene sparked a memory in him from their school days together, startlingly clear, of Mal, intent like this, sitting at a desk among fifty other earnest students in a big hushed hall, as he laboriously composed an examination essay, with a beam of sunlight falling slantways on him from a window somewhere high above. A quarter of a century later he still had that smooth seal’s head of oiled black hair, scrupulously combed and parted.   Sensing a presence behind him, Mal turned his face and peered into the shadowy dark of the body room. Quirke waited a moment and then stepped forward, with some unsteadiness, into the light in the doorway.   “Quirke,R
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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. He discovers a plot that spans two continents, implicates the Catholic Church, and may just involve members of his own family. He is warned--first subtly, then with violence--to lay off, but Quirke is a stubborn man. The first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banville's writing to the dark, menacing atmosphere of a first-class thriller.

About the Author

Benjamin Black is the pen name of acclaimed author John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels have won numerous awards, most recently the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. He lives in Dublin.

Editorial Reviews

"A page-turner told in prose so beautiful you''ll want to read some passages repeatedly. Intricately plotted, beautifully written."--The Boston Globe

 

"Measured, taut, and transfixing . . . Benjamin Black''s plotting is methodical, detailed, and always gripping. You can smell the smoke in Quirke''s favorite pub and touch the cool walls in a Boston convent he later visits."--USA Today
 
"Swirling, elegant noir . . . Crossover fiction of a very high order . . . Rolls forward with haunting, sultry exoticism . . . toward the best kind of denouement under these circumstances: a half inconclusive one."--The New York Times 
 
"Offers a subtler, deeper satisfaction than just finding out whodunit. . . . What''s most disconcerting of all about Christine Falls is the atmosphere of moral claustrophobia enveloping it."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A dark, ambitious crime novel . . . It's going to make more than a few readers flip the book over to look at the author photo to make sure Banville's really pulling the strings."--Newsday
 

"Crime fiction rarely lives up to the term ''literary,'' but [Christine Falls] is the happy exception."--Entertainment Weekly 

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The following author biography and list of questions about Christine Falls are intended as resources to aid individual readers and book groups who would like to learn more about the author and this book. We hope that this guide will provide you a starting place for discussion, and suggest a variety of perspectives from which you might approach Christine Falls.

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