Holy Orders

Holy Orders

A Quirke Novel

Book - 2013
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When the body of his daughter's friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish Church and State.

"At first they thought it was the body of a child. Later, when they got it out of the water and saw the pubic hair and the nicotine stains on the fingers, they realized their mistake."

So begins Holy Orders, the latest Quirke case set in Dublin at a moment when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because in 1950s Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke's daughter Phoebe loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church's rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy's death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.

Haunting, fierce, and brilliantly plotted, this is Benjamin Black writing at the top of his form. His inimitable creation, the endlessly curious Quirke, brings a pathologist's unique understanding of death to unlock the most dangerous of secrets.

Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780805094404
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BLA
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 25 cm.


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Nov 05, 2015

New author for me. Book was good even though set in the 50s. Quirke investigates the death of a friend of his daughters and finds things are not as they seem. touches on religion of the day and much soul searching. I will try another of Black's books.

Oct 21, 2013

Didn't like Black's style at all and his period setting lacked a good deal of authenticity.

Oct 11, 2013

The most interesting of the series. Shows what an iron grip the Catholic Church had on every aspect of society, including crime.

Oct 09, 2013

2013 audiobook - will be available thru minn link SIXTH BOOK IN QUIRKE SERIES

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