It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious and very well-guarded secrets of Dublin's high Catholic society, including members of his own family.
Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize-winner John Banville's fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black's debut marks him as a true master of the form.
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"In this expertly paced debut thriller from Irish author Black (the pseudonym of Booker Prize-winner John Banville), pathologist Garret Quirke uncovers a web of corruption in 1950s Dublin surrounding the death in childbirth of a young maid, Christine Falls." (Publishers Weekly)
"Christine Falls is deeply atmospheric. Clydesdales drag drays through the streets of 1950s Dublin, and the pubs are 'fuggy with turf smoke'. Nearly all the characters are painstakingly detailed and developed - even though they're likely to be morally mysterious." (Booklist)
The title fooled me at first. I greatlly enjoyed Timothy Dalton's narration. The story was a little difficult to get into at first, but once I did, I truly enjoyed the book. It took me a short time to figure out the characters and to put everything into place. I do recommend this book .
I don't know that I would call this book "enjoyable". The story was compelling and kept me drawn in. It took me awhile to listen to it because some days I needed to hear a story that was less intense, happier, if you will. This story was all in blacks, grays, and slate greens in my mind.
The writing was very good. Timothy Dalton's performance was at times a little too dramatic.
I can't describe it in 3 words. Great accent, nice characterizations, at times over-the-top dramatic.
I will read Benjamin Black again. But only when I'm in a certain mood.
Black, Banville... no matter. He's a master. The man can't write an uninteresting sentence. This story sparkles as does the prose.
This is the first in a trilogy (so far) of Quirke mysteries. The stories are compelling, the characters very real and Timothy Dalton's eloquent narration is spot on. I've listened to all three novels and he enunciates so well I haven't missed a word. Best narration I've heard of the twenty books I've purchased from Audible so far.
I am partial to dark, atmospheric books... especially when they are set in Ireland. I loved Timothy Dalton's reading. His voice is perfect for the role of Quirke. I will eagerly await other cases for Quirke to investigate.
I have been an avid Audible listener for three years now. Having paid for this book, I tried to force myself through listening to it, but finally had to give up. This is a first for me and felt like sheer punishment to hear.
I suggest listening to the sample. If you think you can tolerate the monotonous reader and colloquial language, you’ve still yet to get through meticulous detail described in all the live-action color of someone reading a phone book. I do not recommend this book.
I almost always finish a book unless it is so annoying that I get to a point when I prefer silence. That is what happened with this book. None of the characters were likeable and I felt like I was wading around in a tar pit. I finally set myself free and turned it off. If you are looking for inspiration or pleasure look for another book.
Addicted to Audible!
It's funny how some listeners loved Timothy Daltons reading and others didnt. I found it to be way too monotone. I felt like I should have read this one myself and then I could have decided if indeed the book was as dark and dreary as it seemed while I was listening. I am going to try another book of his and see, because I think the author has potential.
I looked forward to listening to this book. I had heard wonderful things about the story. Unfortunately, Timothy Dalton's narrating ruined the experience.
He read it entirely too fast. There were no pauses to indicate sentances, no inflections to indicate a new speaker and to be honest I would get a migraine listening. I finally had to cut my losses and delete it from my iPod.
I will check it out of my local library as I do want to give the author his due and not pass judgement on him because of the poor job done by the narrator.
I'm a 36 yr. old master of no paticular trade, but currently working in the oil patch. I'm not very critical and love to consume audiobooks
I absolutely was taken in by this book. I struggled at first with the place and culture, but very quickly I was drawn in and transported. I'm not very critical and generally enjoy what I consume, but this book went so very quickly. I enjoyed the characters, the dilemmas, and the conflict faced by these truly magnificent characters. Don’t pass it up.
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