The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan

A Novel

Book - 2008
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The inimitable Quirke returns in another spellbinding crime novel, in which a young woman's dubious suicide sets off a new string of hazards and deceptions Two years have passed since the events of the bestselling "Christine"" Falls," and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, his surrogate father lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.
With much to regret from his last inquisitive foray, Quirke ought to know better than to let his curiosity get the best of him. Yet when an almost forgotten acquaintance comes to him about his beautiful young wife's apparent suicide, Quirke's "old itch to cut into the quick of things, to delve into the dark of what was hidden" is roused again. As he begins to probe further into the shadowy circumstances of Deirdre Hunt's death, he discovers many things that might better have remained hidden, as well as grave danger to those
he loves.
Haunting, masterfully written, and utterly mesmerizing in its nuance, "The Silver Swan "fully lives up to the promise of "Christine"" Falls"""and firmly establishes Benjamin Black (a.k.a. John Banville) among the greatest of crime writers.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
ISBN: 9780805081534
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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