Monday, 2 November 2015

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

"Sunday morning was for Quirke a tiny interval of sweet redress for the oppressions of his childhood."

This exquisitely written detective novel has a definitely literary feel, unsurprisingly so, given its author's name is a pseudonym for John Banville. Grumpy pathologist, Quirke, is troubled by the fake blonde corpse of Christine Falls and the unusual behaviour of his brother in law, Mal Griffin.

I found myself strangely drawn into Quirke's hazy 1950s Dublin and the twists and turns of his familial relationships are intertwined with a shady conspiracy. There is a palpable noir feel that is irresistible, despite the dark machinations, family secrets, corpses and human trafficking.

5 out of 5 men have secrets.

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