is the first novel in a
planned series about hard-drinking Irish pathologist Garret
Quirke written by Booker Prize winner John Banville under the
open pseudonym Benjamin Black; the next volume,
The Silver Swan, will be published in
both the UK and USA in March.
Christine Falls It's a suspenseful,
atmospherically noir tale set in 1950s Dublin and Boston in
which we meet the troubled and lonely Quirke, raised by a
socially prominent local Catholic judge after being rescued from
a horrendous orphanage. Quirk is also connected to the family by
marriage - he married one daughter of a powerful Boston
Irish-American family (who died in childbirth) while the judges
son, Malachy, married the other, who Quirk also loved....
Beyond the Book
is the pseudonym
who was born in
Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He was
educated at a Christian Brother's school
and St Peter's College in Wexford. After
leaving college he worked for the Irish
airline Aer Lingus in Dublin, Ireland -
which gave him the opportunity to travel
widely. He lives in Dublin.
His first book - Long Lankin
a collection of short stories, was
published in 1970. It was followed by
two novels, Nightspawn
(historical fiction) won
the James Tait...