The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan

A Novel

Book - 2008
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It has been two years since the events of Christine Falls , the bestselling novel that introduced the world to an irascible Dublin pathologist named Quirke. Quirke's beloved Sarah has died, his surrogate father lies paralyzed by a stroke, and he's been sober for half a year. When a near-forgotten acquaintance asks him to cover up his beautiful young wife's apparent suicide, Quirke knows he should stay clear, for the sake of his sobriety and his peace of mind. But his old itch is irresistible, and before long he is probing further into the circumstances of Deidre Hunt's death, into a web of drugs and illicit sex that may have snared his own daughter, Phoebe. With its vivid, intense evocation of 1950s Dublin, and intricate, psychologically complex storyline, The Silver Swan is "even more engrossing than last year's Christine Falls " ( Entertainment Weekly ).

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
ISBN: 9780312428242
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BLA


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Feb 12, 2012

A well written book with a crafted plot. Overall a worthy read. It was definitely not my favorite of the series. I don't care much for the character of the victim and the swan who were featured more than Quirke and his daughter. A disappointment following the cliff hanging plot lines left over from Christina Falls.

joebooks Jul 12, 2011

This guy can write. The sentences are crafted, always doing more than simply moving theplot. As good as Christine Falls, maybe better. Makes me want to read the third book in the series.


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Jan 18, 2011

Second helping of Quirke, pathologist in 1950's Dublin. Not a sequel to Christine Falls, but many person details referred to in this novel.
Proprietor of The Silver Swan, a beauty salon, is an apparent suicide, even though body is nude, found in river. Her older husband asks Quirke not to cut body in post-mortem. He does follow procedure and do an autopsy, but covers up the results. Quirke is a dry drunk in this novel.

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