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Elegy for April A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Benjamin Black
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312680732
ISBN-13: 9780312680732
Sku: 217024478
Publish Date: 3/29/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  293
Quirke, the hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist, is back, and he''s determined to find his daughter''s best friend. Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of the difficult love between a father and daughter, this is Black at his sparkling best.
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After Dr. April Latimer goes missing in 1950s Dublin, her friend Phoebe Griffin enlists the aid of her brilliant recovering-alcoholic father, Quirke, and Detective Inspector Hackett, who follow April's trail through the darker byways of the city, discovering ugly truths about family savagery and race hatred. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Booker-winner John Banville, writing for the fourth time under his mystery writer pseudonym Benjamin Black, returns to 1950s Dublin where Quirke, the brooding pathologist antihero of CHRISTINE FALLS and THE SILVER SWAN, must once again solve a mystery that exposes the hypocrisies and sins of Catholic upper-class Ireland. When April Latimer, an affluent medical student known for flouting her family's conservative heritage, goes missing, Quirke's daughter Phoebe calls on her father to help her find her missing friend. Fresh out of alcoholic rehab, Quirke begins a circuitous investigation that leads him to a Nigerian doctor whose involvement with April was considered taboo, an alluring young actress, and the vast corruption of the powerful Latimer clan. As in the previous Benjamin Black books, ELEGY FOR APRIL has the lean momentum and corkscrew plotting of the best genre mysteries, but its atmospheric and subversive sensibility suggest literary depths.


"The Quirke books are so savvy, stylish and unencumbered by literary ambition that they deliver a lot of guilty pleasure. They're clever but uncomplicated, since mystery plotting is hardly their author's primary concern....ELEGY FOR APRIL...[is] the best and most assured of the lot..." - Janet Maslin 04/04/2010

"Black (the pen name of Booker Prize-winner John Banville) is equally concerned with exploring the idea of family and loyalty as with spinning a suspenseful whodunit, and his depiction of a fragile father-daughter relationship is as powerful as the unsettling truth behind April's disappearance." (starred review) 02/22/2010

"The novel's moody setting and evocative prose suit Black's dark thoughts about a culture that lives by 'secrets and lies.'" - Marilyn Stasio 04/11/2010

"[T]he writing has an elegance and nimbleness that surpass almost all other genre fiction....John Banville, writing as John Banville, is a deep-dish writer, always dazzling, sometimes overwrought; when adopting the Benjamin Black persona, he relaxes, though the results, stylistically speaking, are no less striking....[T]he sounds of this book echo down from James Joyce and Flann O'Brien." - Richard Rayner 04/16/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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