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Christine Falls

A Novel

by Benjamin Black

Christine Falls
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2007, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2008, 352 pages

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A noir thriller set in 1950s Dublin by Booker-Prize winner John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

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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