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The Lemur: A Novel

by BENJAMIN BLACK

St. Martin's Press | February 25, 2010 | Trade Paperback |

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A new thriller from the Booker Prize-winning and Edgar-nominated author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan

John Glass''s life in New York should be plenty comfortable. He''s given up his career as a journalist to write an authorized biography of his father-in-law, communications magnate and former CIA agent Big Bill Mulholland. He works in a big office in Mulholland Tower, rent-free, and goes home (most nights) to his wealthy and well-preserved wife, Wild Bill''s daughter. He misses his old life sometimes, but all in all things have turned out well.

But when his shifty young researcher--a man he calls "The Lemur"--turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass''s whole easy existence is threatened. Then the young man is murdered, and it''s up to Glass to find out what The Lemur knew, and who killed him, before any secrets come out--and before any other bodies appear.

Shifting from 1950s Dublin to contemporary New York, the masterful crime writer Benjamin Black returns in this standalone thriller--a story of family secrets so deep, and so dangerous, that anyone might kill to keep them hidden.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: February 25, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312428081

ISBN - 13: 9780312428082

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The Lemur: A Novel

by BENJAMIN BLACK

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: February 25, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312428081

ISBN - 13: 9780312428082

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Chapter One GLASSHOUSES The researcher was a very tall, very thin young man with a head too small for his frame and an Adam’s apple the size of a golf ball. He wore rimless spectacles the lenses of which were almost invisible, the shine of the glass giving an extra luster to his large, round, slightly bulging black eyes. A spur of blond hair sprouted from his chin, and his brow, high and domed, was pitted with acne scars. His hands were slender and pearly- pale, with long, tapering fingers—a girl’s hands, or at least the hands a girl should have. Even though he was sitting down, the crotch of his baggy jeans sagged halfway to his knees. His none too clean T-shirt bore the legend Life Sucks and Then You Die. He looked about seventeen but must be, John Glass guessed, in his late twenties, at least. With that long neck and little head and those big, shiny eyes, he bore a strong resemblance to one of the more exotic rodents, though for the moment Glass could not think which one.   His name was Dylan Riley. Of course, Glass thought, he would be a Dylan.   “So,” Riley said, “you’re married to Big Bill’s daughter.”   He was lounging in a black- leather swivel chair in Glass’s borrowed office on the north- facing side of Mulholland Tower. Behind him, through a wall of plate glass, gray Manhattan sulked steamily under a drifting pall of April rain.   “Does that seem funny to you?” Glass inquire
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A new thriller from the Booker Prize-winning and Edgar-nominated author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan

John Glass''s life in New York should be plenty comfortable. He''s given up his career as a journalist to write an authorized biography of his father-in-law, communications magnate and former CIA agent Big Bill Mulholland. He works in a big office in Mulholland Tower, rent-free, and goes home (most nights) to his wealthy and well-preserved wife, Wild Bill''s daughter. He misses his old life sometimes, but all in all things have turned out well.

But when his shifty young researcher--a man he calls "The Lemur"--turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass''s whole easy existence is threatened. Then the young man is murdered, and it''s up to Glass to find out what The Lemur knew, and who killed him, before any secrets come out--and before any other bodies appear.

Shifting from 1950s Dublin to contemporary New York, the masterful crime writer Benjamin Black returns in this standalone thriller--a story of family secrets so deep, and so dangerous, that anyone might kill to keep them hidden.

About the Author

Benjamin Black is the pen name of John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels have won numerous awards, mostly recently the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. Under the name Benjamin Black he is also the author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan. He lives in Dublin.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Christine Falls:

 

"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

 

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

 

"Measured, taut, and transfixing."--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

 

"Christine Falls offers a subtler, deeper satisfaction than just finding out whodunit. . . . What''s scariest of all about Christine Falls is the atmosphere of moral claustrophobia enveloping it."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

"A redolent Catholic conspiracy that might stagger the author of The Da Vinci Code . . . more than a mere busman''s holiday by a master of English prose."--Los Angeles Times

 

"A fascinating book, strong on mood and description."--The Oregonian

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