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Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
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Oct 08, 2011

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bookshelves: crime-fiction, set-in-places-i-want-to-go

I have always been somewhat of a Brit-o-phile (Anglophile but fascinated with all of the British isles?) and have thus been attracted to fiction set in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This book, the first in a series about a semi-alcoholic medical examiner by the name of Quirke, is set in 1940s Dublin. A noir-style piece of crime fiction, there are the mandatory conflicted souls, imperfect hero, physical brutalization of main characters, and inexplicable sex scenes (this guy just doesn't read as such a hottie that his nurse would seduce him in his hospital bed after his severe beating by the bad guys). In spite of the predictable nature of the genre, this kind of book is comfort food to me - engaging without requiring any meaningful thought, but sufficiently well written to not leave me completely lacking in literary nourishment.
If you like this genre, and/or like to read fiction set in Ireland, I can recommend this book. I will certainly be requesting the next in the series from the library...
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