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Even the Dead A suspicious death, a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing Quirke s latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foePerhaps 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 But Quirke, ever intent on finding his place among the living, is not about to retireOne night during a June heat wave, a car crashes into a tree in central Dublin and bursts into flames The police assume the driver s death was either an accident or a suicide, but Quirke s examination of the body leads him to believe otherwise Then his daughter Phoebe gets a mysterious visit from an acquaintance the woman, who admits to being pregnant, says she fears for her life, though she won t say why When the woman later disappears, Phoebe asks her father for help, and Quirke in turn seeks the assistance of his old friend Inspector Hackett Before long the two men find themselves untangling a twisted string of events that takes them deep into a shadowy world where one of the city s most powerful men uses the cover of politics and religion to make obscene profits Even the Dead Benjamin Black s seventh novel featuring the endlessly fascinating Quirke is a story of surpassing intensity and surprising beauty Even the Dead is the latest installment in Benjamin Black s aka John Banville Quirke detective series I ll admit I m a huge Banville fan to begin with and have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the Quirke books so far.So I was thrilled to receive a copy of Even the Dead from NetGalley And it did not disappoint Quirke is his usual dark self and his daughter Phoebe complicated and likable The mystery is a little less gripping than some of the earlier books but the characters are well draw Even the Dead is the latest installment in Benjamin Black s aka John Banville Quirke detective series I ll admit I m a huge Banville fan to begin with and have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the Quirke books so far.So I was thrilled to receive a copy of Even the Dead from NetGalley And it did not disappoint Quirke is his usual dark self and his daughter Phoebe complicated and likable The mystery is a little less gripping than some of the earlier books but the characters are well drawn and interesting Quirke is on a prolonged sabbatical from his work at the mortuary, as a result of head injuries sustained in an earlier book When his assistant also his daughter s boyfriend does an autopsy on a young man who supposedly suicided, he suspects foul play He brings his suspicions to Quirke, who comes out of his semi retirement to investigate Of course, being a mystery novel, the suspicions are of course justified The plot has some very satisfying twists, including some important revisiting of story lines from the earlier books.I literally read Even the Dead in one sitting It s the most satisfying kind of light entertainment beautifully written, with characters I have grown to care about, and a diverting story I was quite anxious by the end about the fate of several characters but I won t share any spoilers here Suffice it to say, the reader cannot rest easy while reading this book.Although the book can be read as a stand alone, it definitely helps to have read the earlier books in the series There are many references to the prior stories and some of the resolution is strongly connected to them.But I strongly recommend the entire series And if you ve already read them, you won t want to miss this one. 3.5 Stars The setting is 1950 s Dublin, and Pathologist Dr Quirke and Police Inspector Hackett, join forces to investigate the death of a young man The man was found in his crashed car in Phoenix park with the car well alight It was thought to be a suicide initially until Quirke found evidence to the contrary Quirke s daughter becomes involved when the man s pregnant girlfriend asks for her help, declaring that she s in extreme danger, and in fear of her life Who would want this young man d 3.5 Stars The setting is 1950 s Dublin, and Pathologist Dr Quirke and Police Inspector Hackett, join forces to investigate the death of a young man The man was found in his crashed car in Phoenix park with the car well alight It was thought to be a suicide initially until Quirke found evidence to the contrary Quirke s daughter becomes involved when the man s pregnant girlfriend asks for her help, declaring that she s in extreme danger, and in fear of her life Who would want this young man dead, and why This was an interesting investigation with great atmosphere, and I loved the relationship between Quirke and Hackett, with the gentle respect that they had for each other Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my free copy I received this book from NetGalley Thank you This is my first Benjamin Black book about the quirky pathologist Dr Quirke but it s not going to be the last I so enjoyed this story set in Dublin that I am going to go back and read the earlier ones Benjamin Black is the pseudonym John Banville, a truly lyrical author Dublin quickly becomes a character in this novel and I love a book with a strong sense of place Quirke is on medical leave when the story opens He is staying with his stepbro I received this book from NetGalley Thank you This is my first Benjamin Black book about the quirky pathologist Dr Quirke but it s not going to be the last I so enjoyed this story set in Dublin that I am going to go back and read the earlier ones Benjamin Black is the pseudonym John Banville, a truly lyrical author Dublin quickly becomes a character in this novel and I love a book with a strong sense of place Quirke is on medical leave when the story opens He is staying with his stepbrother and wife when his assistant encounters an interesting case and seeks advice from him Quirke is intrigued and is quickly back at work He works with his police friend, Detective Hackett, in a case of a frightened woman who is sucked into a scheme for selling Catholic babies to rich Americans Here s the one thing that bothered me so much that I dropped the rating a star I don t know if it was a plot device or a cultural thing but it annoyed me They were looking for a woman who had given them a fake name They knew where she lived and asked the landlord about Lisa Smith The landlord denied knowing her Then instead of asking who lived there, they just walk away Why not ask that question Then they return days later and search the apartment By then it had cleaned out and there were no clues It just bothered me Why not ask at the beginning I enjoyed the pace of the book and there were some lovely twists I loved Dublin as a character I loved the characters A good mystery that I recommend Even the Dead was my first Quirke novel which didn t matter one bit and I have to say that I m definitely wanting to read.I ve been a bit down on crime recently with a few notable exceptions I ve been findig them all very samey and indeed I have picked up and put down a few with Even the Dead I picked it up and it stayed picked up The writing is gorgeous, invoking the senses and really embedding you into Quirkes world a supposedly gentler time that still erupts into violence an Even the Dead was my first Quirke novel which didn t matter one bit and I have to say that I m definitely wanting to read.I ve been a bit down on crime recently with a few notable exceptions I ve been findig them all very samey and indeed I have picked up and put down a few with Even the Dead I picked it up and it stayed picked up The writing is gorgeous, invoking the senses and really embedding you into Quirkes world a supposedly gentler time that still erupts into violence and with some real old school mystery storytelling at its heart.An accident that is not an accident, a scared girl who feels all alone and Quirke is back in business having been away for a while For me as a first time meeting the characters, it was beautifully done, no problem picking up threads and the current mystery was intriguing and atmospheric.Even the Dead floats along carrying you with it, a firm sense of place and time, some really really fascinating and engrossing characters and would definitely come highly recommended from me Happy Reading Folks

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