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Un giorno d'estate

(Quirke #4)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,055 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Dick Jewell, magnate dell'editoria nel fiore degli anni, è morto: il cadavere, orrendamente mutilato, giace riverso nell'ufficio sopra le scuderie nella sua tenuta di campagna, il fucile ancora stretto tra le mani. All'apparenza parrebbe un suicidio, ma qualcosa non torna: Diamond Dick, come lo chiamavano i suoi detrattori, non era proprio il tipo da commettere atti ...more
Paperback, Narratori della Fenice, 294 pages
Published February 23rd 2012 by Guanda (first published 2011)
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-be-continued
Lost access to the book. Will continue soon as I get me own copy. Had loved it this far. Who doesn't love a whodunit that starts with a head blown off by a shotgun?
Benjamin Black is the name under which John Banville has chosen to write a series of detective stories, of which this is the fifth. The stories all feature a likeable duo called Hackett and Quirke, a police detective and a pathologist respectively, and are set in 1950's Dublin, a time and place John Banville knows well.
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
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Death in Summer is book four in the Quirke series by Benjamin Black. One Sunday afternoon Inspector Hackett received a called that changed his plans for the day. On arrival at the crime scene, Inspector Hackett gain the information that the state pathologist is sick, and they are sending Doctor Quirke. When Doctor Quirke arrived, he realised he knows the victim's wife and his life and his daughter will change. The readers of A Death in Summer will follow Inspector Hackett and Doct Quirke to ...more
Nancy Oakes
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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
Sid Nuncius
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a consciously "literary" crime novel. How you respond to it will depend upon whether you like the sort of heightened language employed by Benjamin Black (the Man Booker winner John Banville writing under a well-publicised pseudonym). I do like it and so I did enjoy the book, although I thought it had its flaws.

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
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is summer in Dublin, 1956, and it is hot, very hot - a very unusual summer for a country accustomed to cool green and a fair amount of rain. Quirk, the morose Dublin pathologist, is in the midst of a love affair with Isabel, a local actress and friend of his daughter, Phoebe. He is called in to view the body of Richard Jewell, a wealthy businessman because the coroner is ill. At first glance it seems as if Jewell committed suicide.(A warning here: the scene is described rather graphically. I ...more
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirke, Dublin's pathologist is called in to investigate the supposed murder of one of the cities most infamous 'rich folk' named Jewell. With a history of violence and a secret intrenched in the vile goings on at St. Christopher's home for boys with certain vulnerabilities, orphans, the unwanted, troublesome, from overburdened families, petty thieves, victims of incest, etc.
both the victim of this most recent crime and his closest enemy named Sumner, seemed to have a lurid interest in St.
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PROTAGONIST: Doctor Quirke, pathologist, and DI Hackett
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
John Hood
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing says Summer like a good murder story. Maybe it’s the cold-bloodedness of it all that helps to beat the heat; perhaps it’s simply that sweat is easier to endure when it’s shared with someone who’s sweating death. Whatever it is, there are few things more refreshing when the temperature rises than witnessing somebody fall.

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
Another great Quirke story. Unlike other mystery novels it doesn't matter if you figure out part what's going on as there'll be always be something that you didn't figure on and the writing itself is still always the joy with these books. Looking forward to my next Benjamin Black read!
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each Quirke novel is better than the last, it seems. Or maybe I just love the most recent one because it is fresh in my mind. Today as I finished this one, Hemingway came to mind. I don't know if it had to do with the subject matter, the era, the voice or the writing. It's been ages since I read him. I do love this writer and intend to read every single one of these Quirke books as I adore this character. After which I shall read everything else by Benjamin Black and John Banville.
Halley Sutton
Interesting characters, easy page turner.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow the Quirke books make sin very unappealing. I have to wonder if Dublin in 1950 could have been the hateful gossiping old biddy of a town this series portrays, but I'll bet it was. Great characters drawn with just enough detail to keep me wanting more. More please.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A holiday read that didn't absorb....Black/Banville ran out of space or steam at the end and attempted to tie up everything very quickly while leaving unfinished stories for his next Quirke adventure. Annoying incorrect facts - pink tulips in a vase during hay-making?!
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Despite his endearing character imperfections, Quirke truly is an engaging and fascinating man easily capable of stealing your heart, even if only for 320 pages. He readily admits his self-indulgent life's missteps with earnest introspection. Garret Quirke steadfastly remains not only a prominent (not always in the best sense) pathologist, but also fittingly quite adept in discerning the villain, as Detective Inspector Hackett is unhesitatingly aware. Quirke's exceptionally notable and ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By day, he is John Banville, Man Booker prize-winning author of highly acclaimed works of literary fiction (The Sea, The Infinities). By night, (can we say “by noir”?) he goes by the name of Benjamin Black and is a best-selling author of the Dr. Quirke series of very dark mysteries set in Dublin in the 1950s and sixties, a Dublin that is “a faded little city with a past that felt far more immediate than its present.” If Ireland is, as Joyce famously said, the “old sow that eats her farrow” then ...more
Graham P
Quirke and Hackett are knee deep in solving another mystery within the ranks of the wealthy and the powerful Dublin elite. Unfortunately, fleeting moments of tension tease the rather dull narrative; stylistic flourishes blossom and at times, drop the jaw, but in the end don't provide much steam to propel the story along. This fourth installment to the Quirke series loses some of its luster, the magnetic allure of Dublin weakened by a lack of mystery and menace. Tension takes a back seat, and ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prose to die for. But seriously, the Quirke series gets better and better. To my surprise, the plot in A Death in Summer was the cleanest "crime" plot of all the books. The ending is tidy, and leaves few staggering questions(unlike Silver Swan). The new characters are original and intriguing and the new developments in old characters is natural and satisfying. I took off 2 stars because the value of this book is clearly diminished in the absence of the previous 3, and 4 books in the same series ...more
Elaine Stevens
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.

Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been slowly working my way through this series. (This book being #5) in the Quirke series. I like them mainly for their setting which is 1950's Dublin. This time Dr. Quirke who is an early forensic pathologist is asked to do a favor for his old friend Inspector Hackett. He gets sucked into a bizarre murder mystery that has an infinite number of possibilities. I give this one 3 stars.
Carolyn Bitetti
MUST READ series of mysteries with the inimitable Dr. Quirk, Irish pathologist, as the protagonist. Benjamin Black is the pseudonym for the Booker Prize author John Banville so these aren't your ordinary mysteries. Do read - and read in order. The plots are excellent but are not the main strength; it is the wonderful Dr. Quirk and associated characters that make this series well worth reading.
West Hartford Public Library
The writing style of this author is so exquisite that this novel is much more than just another mystery. Playing detective once again is Quirke, pathologist by profession and Irish romantic by personality. Scenes of Dublin, Irish countryside and Cap Ferrat, France furnish the background to this haunting and suspenseful tale. A visual feast of scenes, impressions, characters.
Nino Frewat
Aug 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
What a waste of time. I wasn't interested by the characters, the plot is ridiculous, the ending bland. I waited almost 4 years to read Benjamin Black and the result is a meager star out of five. The problem that I now face is that I'm hesitating to try Banville!
Lee Thompson
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lee by: Shaun Ryan
Damn, loved this book up to the shitty ending.
Laurel Deloria
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are different, little violence, except death and beatings aside, calm cool, and easy to read. No nightmares for sure. Complicated plots, interesting relationships, can hardly wait to get to #5 of this series. Thinking about the book again I guess there is some quite violent violence.

Amazon:One of The Chicago Tribune's Best Reads of 2011.
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
Marguerite Kaye
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it about the Quirke books that I like so much? They are not really murder mysteries, though there is murder in them. The crimes are rarely resolved in the traditional sense, and more often than not, the 'bad' guys get away. And the crimes themselves are not the murders which kick off events, but the underlying physical and mental abuse of secondary victims.

This was another such example, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the others. Quirke is alike a bi hulking angel of doom, or
Stephanie Pieck
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Quirke is at it again, getting tangled up in murder and mayhem, investigating connections and secrets that, when revealed, threaten to topple the upper echelon of Dublin society. This time, he gets involved when the state pathologist who would have been called to examine a body at a wealthy newspaperman's country estate suffers a heart attack and can't come.
As usual, Quirke's investigations have collateral consequences for people close to him. And once again, Quirke's involvement in the case
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Benjamin Black is the mystery nom de plume of John Banville, winner of the Booker prize. This mystery is well plotted and the characters are interesting. Seth in Dublin, the coroner Dr. Quirke and his friend, Detective Inspector Hackett appear to solve the mystery of the shooting death of a prominent and wealthy Dubliner at his summer home. Another death occurs before the end, and there are entanglements of friendships and relatives as well. Somewhat dark, Quirke is not a sterling character you ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Banville, writing crime novels as Benjamin Black, knocks old J.K.R./Robert Galbraith into the proverbial cocked-hat, with his 4th Doctor Quirk novel, set in 1950s Dublin. Writers who cross genres & hide behind pseudonyms have to justify the charade...& Banville triumphs again. I really couldn't...& wouldn't!...put this down. I read it in a little-over a day & night...rare enough for me...& I recommend it to all who appreciate a perfect blend of setting, character, plot ...more
It was a slow start, well not that slow as there had been a murder but it took a while for the story to really build and so a while for me to really get into it. There were plenty of interesting characters albeit slightly cliched. Every character seemed to smoke constantly I found that odd, no big deal but odd nonetheless. I quite enjoyed this book and while I wouldn’t rush out to get another in the series I wouldn’t mind if I happened across one of the other books. Overall it was an easy read ...more
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