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Vengeance by Benjamin Black
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Aug 30, 12

bookshelves: noir, sailing-and-fighting
Read in August, 2012

i think this is john banville's fifth "pulp" mystery and while it is probably the smoothest, and the least "pomoish", it seemed a bit by-the-numbers. as for example, jimmy, a recurring character who as a journalist is a legitimate finger-poker into things dead and mysteries revolving around rich people, but makes a cameo in this story that just seems pointless. that said, these benjamin black mysteries, with the redoubtable, whiskey swilling, bed jumping quirke the pathologist are still fun and worth it. sort of grit lit perhaps, or safe noir, especially after previous stories which were much darker and edgier. but 4 stars ntl.
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