Un giorno d'estate (Quirke #4)
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...more
I read the second in the series a couple of years ago, and was impressed enough to plan to go back and read the first before moving on to the later ones as there are backstory ele ...more
Benjamin Black is the pseudonym of John Banville, the Booker Prize-winning author of “The Sea,” and many other fine novels. He writes these crime novels under the name Black as a “diversion.” His voice as a crime writer is totally different from his voice and style as Banville. In an interview, he admitted that his serious literary books under his real name come slowly. He writes only about 100-200 words per day. His crime novels as Black, howev ...more
To illustrate the style of the book, Banville describes a buffet table which has "at its centre, a mighty salmon, succulently, indecently pink, arranged on a silver salver..." Or a ...more
both the victim of this most recent crime and his closest enemy named Sumner, seemed to have a lurid interest in St. Chri ...more
SERIES: #4 of 6
WHY: Newspaper tycoon Richard "Diamond Dick" Jewell is found in his study with his head blown off. At first, it is labeled a suicide; however, pathologist Dr. Quirke soon concludes it is murder. He finds himself involved in the investigation, sometimes working with DI Hackett. Things get complicated when Quirke falls in love with the widow, an enigmatic French woman. At the same time, someone is warni ...more
El género policial, ya desde sus inicios, ha sido constantemente considerado un género menor. Que era sólo para entretener, que no iba más allá de eso; de hecho, se podía comprar por apenas unos pocos centavos y, por ende, se convertía en accesible para casi todo el mundo. Sin embargo, con libros, y más específicamente prosas como las de Black/Banville ese prejuicio sobre el género policíaco empieza a resquebrajarse.
Muerte en verano no es, estrictamente una novela policial. ¿Por qué? Simpl ...more
It was a drowsy day in summer, a perfect day for a death:
"When word got about that Richard Jewell had been found with the greater part of his head blown off and clutching a shotgun in his bloodless hands, few outside the family circle and few inside it, either, considered his demise a cause for sorrow."
Thus begins A Death in Summer, the fourth novel of this series. As Richard "Diamond Dick" Jewell ...more
When you make that a few somebodies, well, even Miami’s steamy, sultry dog days can become almost pleasant, unless of course you’re on the receiving end of a shotgun, a g ...more
Irish, beautiful character development, The author's ability to create characters whom you can clearly see and hear, reflects his skill, as he is actually John Banville, the Booker Prize winner.
That he chooses to write mysteries is a gift to readers/listeners b/c his voice is so clear
and he paints remarkable pictures with his words. A treat.
A DEATH IN SUMMER is the most accessible of the four Quirke books by Benjamin Black but that is not to say that the characters are not as dedicated to understanding that which cannot be understood as they are in the other books.
Quirke is brought to the home of Richard Jewell, Diamond Dick, the very wealthy and very powerful owner of a chain of newspapers that he had inherited from his father, who had been Lord Mayor of Dublin, an outstanding achievement for a man of his background in the Dublin ...more
“They had made no plan to meet again, he and Francoise, but it did not matter, he knew they would meet again, that the fates would arrange it. The fates would arrange everything; there was nothing he need do but wait. And all the time, while that young Lothario gamboled in the meadows of his fancy, plucking nosegays and ecstatically calling out his beloved’s name, in another ...more
The aut ...more
Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland. His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties; his mother was a housewife. He is the youngest of three siblings; his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own. His sister Vonnie Banville-Evans has written both a children's novel and a r ...more