Quirke

14 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 2,167 ratings

Christine Falls Publisher's Summary

It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

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.

©2006 Benjamin Black (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Christine Falls

    • A Novel
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
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      4 out of 5 stars 721
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 711

    It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen

    • By Leo X Cox on 04-11-08

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    • Christine Falls

    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Quirke's pathology department, set deep beneath the city, is his own gloomy realm: always quiet, always night, and always under his control. Until late one evening after a party he stumbles across a body that should not be there - and his brother-in-law falsifying the corpse's cause of death. This is the first time Quirke has encountered Christine Falls, but the investigation he decides to lead into the way she lived and died uncovers a dark secret at the heart of Dublin's high Catholic network.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • it falls

    • By Tracey on 08-24-15

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  • Book 2

    • The Silver Swan

    • A Novel
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 322
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 177

    Two years have passed since the events of the best-selling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, the judge lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great sequel!

    • By David on 04-07-08

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    • The Silver Swan

    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Série de Mistério para adultos.

    • By Marisa on 04-27-17

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  • Book 3

    • Elegy for April

    • A Novel
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 141

    April Lavery has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a trail-blazer in the deeply conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional, as evidenced by her current boyfriend, a handsome and charismatic medical student from Nigeria.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Series, Excellent Narration

    • By Pat on 10-10-10

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    • Elegy for April

    • Quirke, Book 3
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    1950's Ireland. As a deep, bewildering fog cloaks Dublin, a young woman is found to have vanished. When Phoebe Griffin, still haunted by the horrors of her past, is unable to discover news of her friend; Quirke, fresh from drying out in an institution, responds to his daughter's request for help. But as Phoebe, Quirke and Inspector Hackett speak with those who knew April, they begin to realise that there may have been more behind the young woman's discretion and secrecy than they could have imagined.

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  • Book 4

    • A Death in Summer

    • A Novel
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 92

    One of Dublin's most powerful men meets a violent end— and an acknowledged master of crime fiction delivers his most gripping novel yet. On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell—known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick—is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Aun Aprendiendo on 07-12-11

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    • A Death in Summer

    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When newspaper magnate Richard Jewell is found dead at his country estate, clutching a shotgun in his lifeless hands, few see his demise as cause for sorrow. But before long Doctor Quirke and Inspector Hackett realise that, rather than the suspected suicide, ‘Diamond Dick' has in fact been murdered. Suspicion soon falls on one of Jewell's biggest rivals.

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  • Book 5

    • Vengeance

    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 77

    It's a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye, one of Ireland's most successful businessmen, takes his boat far out to sea. With him is his partner's son - who becomes the sole witness when Delahaye produces a pistol, points it at his own chest, and fires. This mysterious death immediately engages the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett, who in turn calls upon the services of his sometime partner Quirke, consultant pathologist at the Hospital of the Holy Family. The stakes are high: Delahaye's prominence in business circles means that Hackett and Quirke must proceed very carefully....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not his best

    • By Linda on 12-07-13

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    • Vengeance

    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why would suicide need a witness? On the east coast of Ireland, Victor Delahaye, one of the country's most prominent citizens, takes his business partner's son out sailing. But once at sea, Davy Clancy is horrified to witness Delahaye take out a gun and shoot himself dead. This strange event captures the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett and his friend Pathologist Doctor Quirke.

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  • Book 6

    • Holy Orders

    • Quirke, Book 6
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    In 1950s Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke’s daughter, Phoebe, loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church’s rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy’s death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Is Benjamin Black ok?

    • By Elizabeth on 11-16-17

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    • Holy Orders

    • Quirke, Book 6
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    1950s Dublin: When a body is found in the canal, pathologist Quirke and his detective friend Inspector Hackett must find the truth behind this brutal murder. But in a world where the police are not trusted and secrets often remain buried there is perhaps little hope of bringing the perpetrator to justice. As spring storms descend on Dublin, Quirke and Hackett's investigation will lead them into the dark heart of the organisation that really runs this troubled city: the church.

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  • Book 7

    • Even the Dead

    • A Quirke Novel
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    A suspicious death, a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing: Quirke's latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foe. Perhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long. Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumor. A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating; all that's needed, the doctor declares, is an extended rest.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quirk resolves it all

    • By Judith on 04-21-16

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    • Even the Dead

    • A Quirke Mystery
    • By: Benjamin Black
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Down among the dead men... Pathologist Quirke works in the city morgue, watching over Dublin's dead. The latest to join their ghostly ranks is a suicide. But something doesn't add up. The victim has a suspicious head wound, and the only witness has vanished, every trace of her wiped away. On the trail of the missing woman, Quirke finds himself drawn into the shadowy world of Dublin's elite - secret societies, High Church politics and corrupt politicians.

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