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 ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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