Elegy For April: A Novel

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Elegy For April: A Novel

by Benjamin Black

Picador | March 29, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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The New York Times Bestselling Author of Christine Falls


April Latimer, a junior doctor at a local hospital, is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. She''s known for being independent, and her taste in men is decidedly unconventional. Now April has vanished, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke follows April''s trail through some of the darker byways of the city, and finds himself deeply involved in April''s murky story, facing ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred. Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of a father and his daughter, this is Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.18 × 5.47 × 0.82 in

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312680732

ISBN - 13: 9780312680732

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Elegy For April: A Novel

by Benjamin Black

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.18 × 5.47 × 0.82 in

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312680732

ISBN - 13: 9780312680732

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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The New York Times Bestselling Author of Christine Falls


April Latimer, a junior doctor at a local hospital, is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. She''s known for being independent, and her taste in men is decidedly unconventional. Now April has vanished, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke follows April''s trail through some of the darker byways of the city, and finds himself deeply involved in April''s murky story, facing ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred. Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of a father and his daughter, this is Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.

About the Author

Benjamin Black, the pen name of acclaimed novelist John Banville, is the author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan. Christine Falls was nominated for both the Edgar Award and Macavity Award for Best Novel; both Christine Falls and Silver Swan were national bestsellers. Banville lives in Dublin.

Editorial Reviews

Quirke, the haunted Dublin pathologist and haphazard sleuth, returns in the third novel in Black''s superb series of sharply etched, nearly Jamesian mysteries....In Black''s atmospheric and penetrating works of Irish noir, pain, prejudice, greed, and violence brew behind lace curtains.