Aug 30, 12
Read in August, 2012
Benjamin Black is John Banville writing under a pen name. Not sure why literary authors feel compelled to do this when writing "detective novels", but I know I look forward to each new installment of this series. They are set in 1950s Dublin, all rain and cold rooms and palpable Catholic Church dictates. Our star is the troubled and troubling Dr. Quirke, pathologist, who seems to get involved in more detecting than should be called for. Along with his friend, Inspector Hackett, they solve morally complex murders. If "solve" is the word for it.
This book does not disappoint, and it goes without saying the writing is wonderful. I still like the very first Quirke book the best, but Black has kept up the quality and I say, "read this!"