Christine Falls 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.
When Quirk comes to after another night of hard drinking he ...
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