Holy Orders: A Quirke Novel

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Holy Orders: A Quirke Novel

by Benjamin Black

Picador | May 27, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

The latest Quirke case opens in Dublin at a moment when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because in 1950s Ireland, the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke's daughter, Phoebe, loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the church's rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke learns just how far the church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.

In Holy Orders, Benjamin Black's inimitable creation, the endlessly curious Quirke brings a pathologist's unique understanding of death to unlock the most dangerous of secrets.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250050278

ISBN - 13: 9781250050274

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Holy Orders: A Quirke Novel

Holy Orders: A Quirke Novel

by Benjamin Black

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250050278

ISBN - 13: 9781250050274

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1     At first they thought it was the body of a child. Later, when they got it out of the water and saw the pubic hair and the nicotine stains on the fingers, they realized their mistake. Male, late twenties or early thirties, naked but for one sock, the left one. There were livid bruises on the upper torso and the face was so badly disfigured his mother would have been hard put to recognize him. A courting couple had spotted him, a pale glimmer down between the canal wall and the flank of a moored barge. The girl had telephoned the Guards, and the desk sergeant had dialed Inspector Hackett’s office, but Hackett was not there at that hour, and instead he got the Inspector’s assistant, young Jenkins, who was in his cubbyhole behind the cells writing up his week’s reports. “A floater, Sarge,” the desk man said. “Mespil Road, below Leeson Street Bridge.” Detective Sergeant Jenkins thought of telephoning his boss but then decided against it. Hackett was fond of his night’s sleep and would not take kindly to being disturbed. There were two fellows in the duty room, one, Quinlan, from the motorbike corps and the other in off his beat for a tea break. Jenkins told them he needed their help. Quinlan had been about to go off duty, and was not pleased at the prospect of staying on. “He’s on a promise from his missus,” the other one, Hendricks, said, and snickered. Quinlan was big and slow, with slicked-back ha
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NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

The latest Quirke case opens in Dublin at a moment when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because in 1950s Ireland, the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke's daughter, Phoebe, loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the church's rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke learns just how far the church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.

In Holy Orders, Benjamin Black's inimitable creation, the endlessly curious Quirke brings a pathologist's unique understanding of death to unlock the most dangerous of secrets.

About the Author

Benjamin Black is the pen name of the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville. The author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed series of Quirke novels-including Christine Falls, A Death in Summer, and Vengeance-he lives in Dublin.

Editorial Reviews

"Absorbing...The murder mystery is solved, after its startling fashion, in due time---but not before Mr. Black has worked his lyrical magic at fine length, in scenes that unfold with a poet's grace."-The Wall Street Journal

"Sophisticated...[Black] is arguably one of the finest prose stylists writing in English today."-The Wire

"It is doubtful that anyone can write as well as Benjamin Black when it comes to a psychological mystery."-The Washington Times

"[Holy Orders] starts and ends as strongly as the best of the Quirkes."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Outstanding...[Black] has turned in his most complex plot yet in Holy Orders."-The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

"Gripping, terrific...Although it shares the vivid settings, evocative mood, and striking characters of the earlier Quirke novels, Holy Orders has a tighter, more intricate plot."-Tampa Bay Times

"Even if Gabriel Byrne weren't starring in a new BBC series based on the Quirke novels by Benjamin Black (John Banville's alter ego), fans will be clamoring for this latest in the popular series."-Library Journal ("Barbara's Picks" for August 2013 fiction)

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