Elegy For April: A Novel

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Elegy For April: A Novel

by Benjamin Black

Henry Holt and Co. | June 6, 2011 | Hardcover

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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

April Latimer has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional.

Now April has disappeared, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Frantic, Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. In their separate ways the two men follow April''s trail through some of the darker byways of the city to uncover crucial information on her whereabouts. And as Quirke becomes deeply involved in April''s murky story, he encounters complicated and ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred.

Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of the difficult and relentless love between a father and his daughter, this is Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.57 × 6.55 × 1.01 in

Published: June 6, 2011

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805090916

ISBN - 13: 9780805090918

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Elegy For April: A Novel

by Benjamin Black

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.57 × 6.55 × 1.01 in

Published: June 6, 2011

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805090916

ISBN - 13: 9780805090918

About the Book

Quirke, the hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist, is back, and he's determined to find his daughter's best friend. Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of the difficult love between a father and daughter, this is Black at his sparkling best.

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1 It was the worst of winter weather, and April Latimer was missing. For days a February fog had been down and showed no sign of lifting. In the muffled silence the city seemed bewildered, like a man whose sight has suddenly failed. People vague as invalids groped their way through the murk, keeping close to the house fronts and the railings and stopping tentatively at street corners to feel with a wary foot for the pavement''s edge. Motorcars with their headlights on loomed like giant insects, trailing milky dribbles of exhaust smoke from their rear ends. The evening paper listed each day''s toll of mishaps. There had been a serious collision at the canal end of the Rathgar Road involving three cars and an army motorcyclist. A small boy was run over by a coal lorry at the Five Lamps, but did not die his mother swore to the reporter sent to interview her that it was the miraculous medal of the Virgin Mary she made the child wear round his neck that had saved him. In Clanbrassil Street an old moneylender was waylaid and robbed in broad daylight by what he claimed was a gang of house wives; the Guards were following a definite line of inquiry. A shawlie in Moore Street was knocked down by a van that did not stop, and now the woman was in a coma in St. James''s. And all day long the foghorns boomed out in the bay. Phoebe Griffin considered herself April''s best friend, but she had heard nothing from her in a week and she was convinced something had happened. She did not kno
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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

April Latimer has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional.

Now April has disappeared, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Frantic, Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. In their separate ways the two men follow April''s trail through some of the darker byways of the city to uncover crucial information on her whereabouts. And as Quirke becomes deeply involved in April''s murky story, he encounters complicated and ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred.

Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of the difficult and relentless love between a father and his daughter, this is Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.

About the Author

Benjamin Black is the pen name of the novelist John Banville.  As Black, he is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Quirke novels, including Christine Falls, The Silver Swan, and A Death In Summer, and his standalone novel, The Lemur. Christine Falls was nominated for both the Edgar Award and Macavity Award for Best Novel. Writing as John Banville, his novel The Sea is the winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize. Black was born in Wexford, Ireland, and lives in Dublin.

Editorial Reviews

“Striking, filled with thematic gloom, yet the writing sparkles… like Chandler, [Black’s] a poet of locale, preoccupied by weather and by light or its absence.”— The Los Angeles Times   “Elegant.... [Black/Banville’s] sinuous prose, subtle eroticism and 1950s period detail do more than enough to put [his] series on the map.”— The New York Times   “Methodical, detailed and always gripping.”— USA Today   “[A] gorgeously sad and atmospheric book about family, lust, friendship and ‘50s-style repression.”— The Seattle Times   “Like its predecessors Christine Falls and The Silver Swan, Mr. Black/Banville’s new tale of misdeeds is powerfully written, laced with lyrical visual imagery about a distant Ireland still getting used to the 20th century and peopled with sharply drawn characters.”— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   “Cool, atmospheric… Mr. Black/Banville has raised the bar for the soul’s-night genre.”— Dallas Morning News   “The greatest satisfactions of reading Elegy for April come from the atmosphere of 1950s Dublin, in which coal-fire-assisted smog impairs visibility.”— The Denver Post   “In Elegy for April, he’s nailed down the recipe, the style and pace that allows him to craft a story of suspense while filling it with sharp-eyed, bigger picture observations.”&#
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