by Benjamin Black

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I started reading the "Quirke mysteries" as I love the beautiful, elegant writing of John Banville (the Man Booker prize winning author whose pen name is Benjamin Black).  Quirke is, in many ways, a stereotypical Irishman - given to feeling too much, drinking way too much.  I always feel so sorry for Quirke as I read these novels, which have been somewhat uneven in the quality of the writing.  I did like this segment of the Quirk saga.  The mystery is captivating and the writing more "Banville-like" than some of the others.  The most fascinating aspect is the contemplation of love, both for Quirke and for his daughter, Phoebe.  There were many unanswered questions at the end of the novel, so I'm quite sure there will be another.  I'm looking forward to it.  It seems to me that Black is hitting his stride as a mystery novelist.  I'd recommend reading the "Quirke novels" in order.  Taken as a series, they're worth it.

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