Time has moved on for Quirke, the world-weary pathologist first encountered in Christine Falls. It is the middle of the 1950s, that low, dishonourable decade; a woman he loved has died, a man he once admired is dying, while the daughter he for so long denied is still finding it hard to accept him as her father.
When an old acquaintance approaches him about his wife's apparent suicide, Quirke recognizes trouble but, as always, trouble is something he cannot resist.
©2007 Benjamin Black; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"Drug addiction, morbid sexual obsession, blackmail and murder, as well as prose as crisp as a winter's morning by the Liffey . . . Quirke is human enough to swell the hardest of hearts." (GQ)
Mom of 3 and a book lover.
Good,well written story, and well narrated.
I've never keen on mystery or thriller, but something made me curious and listen till the end. I'm still finding my favorite mystery, but I'm glad Silver Swan was my first.
I was enjoying the book and performance. Enough complexity and characterisation (particularly the cockney hairdresser). And then 'blamo': the plot is tied up in what felt like a couple of minutes. A disappointing end to an otherwise good read/listen.
Very high - I love Timothy Dalton's pacy narration, he captures the noirish genre perfectly and distinguishes each character well.
The characters, their inner thoughts, the descriptions of place and era. My favourite character keeps changing with each new Quirke novel - I adore the frog-faced Inspector Hackett. Glorious nourishment for the mind and ear, a moreish recording. I have never smoked in my life but there is so much smoking in this novel I could practically taste the nicotine, feel the smoke and smell the bitter coffee - the mystery is seedy but believable.
His delivery is brisk, gripping and pitch perfect for these stories - I wish he had recorded more than 3 of these novels.
Yes - the gradual, non-linear exploration of each character's experience keeps you guessing and the overall plot is exciting and enthralling.
"THIS IS AN AWFUL PIECE OF STUFF, I THINK."
A long and tedious piece of work. Dreadfully dull and altogether unoriginal... with a ghastly cynical nod to the corpse of Joyce. A revisiting of old themes, dished-up in a lifeless and typically self-satisfied manners. Knowing the author from earlier work, I can't say I'm surprised by this effort. I couldn't recommend it and I don't. Better to listen to the traffic.
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