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Elegy for April by Benjamin Black
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I should have started this series in order. . . this is actually the middle book of five. Set in 1950's Ireland, this chronicles the alcoholic Quirke,and his tangled web of relationships. He's a medical examiner, trying to help his daughter locate her missing friend.

The mystery part of this isn't that great - it's just a missing person, and the outcome isn't really that shocking. But as a character study it's a really great book, and an interesting cultural look at Ireland. Initially Banville starts out slow, but as always, his story-telling is hypnotic and midway through you may not be able to put the book down.

If you like Banville's non-mystery writing, this is kind of like Banville-lite. I didn't think it was quite as good as the Tana French series, but it was close. There are a lot of interesting possibilities here, and I think it's worth checking out. Though I'd suggest starting with 'Christine Falls'.
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