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  1. Maureen Maureen says:

    3.5 Stars The setting is 1950 s Dublin, and Pathologist Dr Quirke and Police Inspector Hackett, join forces to investigate the death of a young man The man was found in his crashed car in Phoenix park with the car well alight It was thought to be a suicide initially until Quirke found evidence to the contrary Quirke s daughter becomes involved when the man s pregnant girlfriend asks for her help, declaring that she s in extreme danger, and in fear of her life Who would want this young man d 3.5 Stars The setting is 1950 s Dublin, and Pathologist Dr Quirke and Police Inspector Hackett, join forces to investigate the death of a young man The man was found in his crashed car in Phoenix park with the car well alight It was thought to be a suicide initially until Quirke found evidence to the contrary Quirke s daughter becomes involved when the man s pregnant girlfriend asks for her help, declaring that she s in extreme danger, and in fear of her life Who would want this young man dead, and why This was an interesting investigation with great atmosphere, and I loved the relationship between Quirke and Hackett, with the gentle respect that they had for each other Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my free copy


  2. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    I received this book from NetGalley Thank you This is my first Benjamin Black book about the quirky pathologist Dr Quirke but it s not going to be the last I so enjoyed this story set in Dublin that I am going to go back and read the earlier ones Benjamin Black is the pseudonym John Banville, a truly lyrical author Dublin quickly becomes a character in this novel and I love a book with a strong sense of place Quirke is on medical leave when the story opens He is staying with his stepbro I received this book from NetGalley Thank you This is my first Benjamin Black book about the quirky pathologist Dr Quirke but it s not going to be the last I so enjoyed this story set in Dublin that I am going to go back and read the earlier ones Benjamin Black is the pseudonym John Banville, a truly lyrical author Dublin quickly becomes a character in this novel and I love a book with a strong sense of place Quirke is on medical leave when the story opens He is staying with his stepbrother and wife when his assistant encounters an interesting case and seeks advice from him Quirke is intrigued and is quickly back at work He works with his police friend, Detective Hackett, in a case of a frightened woman who is sucked into a scheme for selling Catholic babies to rich Americans Here s the one thing that bothered me so much that I dropped the rating a star I don t know if it was a plot device or a cultural thing but it annoyed me They were looking for a woman who had given them a fake name They knew where she lived and asked the landlord about Lisa Smith The landlord denied knowing her Then instead of asking who lived there, they just walk away Why not ask that question Then they return days later and search the apartment By then it had cleaned out and there were no clues It just bothered me Why not ask at the beginning I enjoyed the pace of the book and there were some lovely twists I loved Dublin as a character I loved the characters A good mystery that I recommend


  3. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    Even the Dead was my first Quirke novel which didn t matter one bit and I have to say that I m definitely wanting to read .I ve been a bit down on crime recently with a few notable exceptions I ve been findig them all very samey and indeed I have picked up and put down a few with Even the Dead I picked it up and it stayed picked up The writing is gorgeous, invoking the senses and really embedding you into Quirkes world a supposedly gentler time that still erupts into violence an Even the Dead was my first Quirke novel which didn t matter one bit and I have to say that I m definitely wanting to read .I ve been a bit down on crime recently with a few notable exceptions I ve been findig them all very samey and indeed I have picked up and put down a few with Even the Dead I picked it up and it stayed picked up The writing is gorgeous, invoking the senses and really embedding you into Quirkes world a supposedly gentler time that still erupts into violence and with some real old school mystery storytelling at its heart.An accident that is not an accident, a scared girl who feels all alone and Quirke is back in business having been away for a while For me as a first time meeting the characters, it was beautifully done, no problem picking up threads and the current mystery was intriguing and atmospheric.Even the Dead floats along carrying you with it, a firm sense of place and time, some really really fascinating and engrossing characters and would definitely come highly recommended from me Happy Reading Folks


  4. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    If anyone in the US would like my advanced reader copy, it s yours I ll be buying a hardcover copy to go into my home library I ll even pay postage to make sure my book gets to a good home like a 3.7 Thanks, LT and thanks to Henry Holt for my copy.Even the Dead is number seven in Black s aka John Banville Quirke series which begins with Christine Falls, one of my favorites in the entire series My guess is that Even the Dead just might be the last Quirke novel there is just something If anyone in the US would like my advanced reader copy, it s yours I ll be buying a hardcover copy to go into my home library I ll even pay postage to make sure my book gets to a good home like a 3.7 Thanks, LT and thanks to Henry Holt for my copy.Even the Dead is number seven in Black s aka John Banville Quirke series which begins with Christine Falls, one of my favorites in the entire series My guess is that Even the Dead just might be the last Quirke novel there is just something I gleaned from the story that makes me feel that way If not, we ll say I m wrong and call it a day, but to me it just has that last of series feeling This one is a bitsubdued than the other Quirke novels not nearly as dark in tone but still quite good And it is a must read for anyone who s been following this series Set in mean and mendacious Dublin of the 1950s, a city where the small group behind the powers that be maintain control through a mix of religion, politics, and money, Even the Dead opens with a dead man on the pathologist s slab, being worked on by Dr David Sinclair, Quirke s assistant and the guy Quirke s daughter Phoebe s been seeing for a while now Chief pathologist Quirke is not even at the hospital but rather convalescing from events that started in an earlier story The police are certain that the body belongs to a suicide, but Sinclair thinks otherwise and to be sure, he reluctantly calls his boss in for a consultation It is actually just what Quirke needs being back at work and he puts his recovery time aside and goes back to work The dead man, Leon Corless, is the son of a very well known Communist agitator this is the 1950s, remember , and Quirke confirms Sinclair s findings that this was no mere accident and definitely not suicide While Quirke is getting back into his post convalescent swing, Phoebe has an adventure of her own when she is contacted by a former classmate who confides to Phoebe that she is both pregnant and in very serious danger Phoebe barely remembers her, but sensing that the girl is completely in earnest, she hides her away at a family home Phoebe turns to her father, who turns to his friend Inspector Hackett for help both on the Corless case and on the girl s disappearance and it isn t long until they discover that the two cases just might be related.As always in this series of novels, Black s writing is tip top he has a way of not only creating a clever plot but also characters that manage to stay under my skin and make me impatient for the next installment, especially in the main character Quirke, who was driven by an absence of a past, and who was aware of no great thirst in himself for justice and the righting of wrongs with no illusions that the world could be set to rights, at least not by him, who could not even set right his own life However, as the story continues and Quirke s present crosses his past, things begin to change, leading to an extremely powerful ending I never saw coming Even though in my opinion Even the Dead is not as dark nor as particularly in depth as its predecessors, there is still a deep, underlying noirish current that runs throughout the story, which certainly kept me turning pages to see where Black was going to take things I love this entire series and this newest book did not disappoint I would truly hate to see this series end, but as I said earlier, it s written so that it feels like it might just be the last here s hoping it s not Who s going to like this book Certainly readers who ve followed the series in order up to now, and readers who enjoy the darker side of crime and characters without going to the darker extreme of true noir Cozy fans stay away there is nothing, I repeat, nothing even remotely cutesy or nice in this entire book Also, since much of this book strays into Quirke s past, it would be doing oneself a disservice to start the series with this novel each and every book should really be read in publication order As long as Banville continues to write as Benjamin Black, I ll continue reading what has turned out to be one of my very favorite series of crime novels ever


  5. Christy Christy says:

    This was an enjoyable read, with Benjamin Black aka John Banville staying true to form with his lyrical, evocative descriptions I have enjoyed some previous titles in the Quirke series, and the suspenseful, dark setting of Dublin in the 1950s continues to intrigue Quirke, always prone to the melancholy, is evenemo than usual at the beginning of this novel, as he has been prescribed rest for an old head injury causing hallucinations and blackouts, yet he is dragged back into a mystery b This was an enjoyable read, with Benjamin Black aka John Banville staying true to form with his lyrical, evocative descriptions I have enjoyed some previous titles in the Quirke series, and the suspenseful, dark setting of Dublin in the 1950s continues to intrigue Quirke, always prone to the melancholy, is evenemo than usual at the beginning of this novel, as he has been prescribed rest for an old head injury causing hallucinations and blackouts, yet he is dragged back into a mystery by his daughter The plot unfolds slowly with violence, corruption and politics at the core The enjoyment for me isin the characters than the story, but I think my pleasure was held back a little but only having read two of the previous novels it felt like there were things I was missing, and that things were being wrapped up in general that I wasn t getting the full story for An enjoyable investigation overall, but I would recommend having read the previous books to capture the full picture


  6. Gatorman Gatorman says:

    I find it hard to rate and review this latest entry in the Quirke series I liked it well enough but there isn t much of a mystery going on here The suspicious death of a young man who crashes his car into a tree never really develops into anything surprising, and it rather takes a backseat to a focus on the personal lives of the characters This is not a bad thing per se, as I like the characters in this series a lot and found the developments in their lives compelling However, I wish there h I find it hard to rate and review this latest entry in the Quirke series I liked it well enough but there isn t much of a mystery going on here The suspicious death of a young man who crashes his car into a tree never really develops into anything surprising, and it rather takes a backseat to a focus on the personal lives of the characters This is not a bad thing per se, as I like the characters in this series a lot and found the developments in their lives compelling However, I wish there had been a bitfocus on making the young man s death somethingthan just a connection to an earlier series entry The writing is solid as always with Black Banville I d give it 3.5 stars but the lack of focus on the mystery aspect keeps it from getting bumped to 4 Recommended for fans of the series, just don t expect much in the way of a mystery


  7. Keith Currie Keith Currie says:

    An ordinary unhappinessThe discordant and downright peculiar Griffin Quirke family take what I presume is their final bow Notwithstanding the disparaging comments of the author on the whole crime genre as well as viewing the mediocre television series, I confess that I have derived much pleasure from reading this series of novels I have enjoyed the spot on depiction of 1950s Irish society and Dublin in particular a culture that is even today not entirely gone I like the melancholy of the no An ordinary unhappinessThe discordant and downright peculiar Griffin Quirke family take what I presume is their final bow Notwithstanding the disparaging comments of the author on the whole crime genre as well as viewing the mediocre television series, I confess that I have derived much pleasure from reading this series of novels I have enjoyed the spot on depiction of 1950s Irish society and Dublin in particular a culture that is even today not entirely gone I like the melancholy of the novels, the darkness of atmosphere, the extremes of privilege and entitlement and poverty and despair.As for plot well, the plot of this one is neither better nor worse than the earlier books The usual themes are very much in evidence, corrupt and stifling church, corrupt and stifling state, nasty villains acting on behalf of or established in the seats of power A young civil servant is found dead in his car Quirke suspects murder his girlfriend disappears Quirke and Hackett and Phoebe investigate the usual suspects raise their heads there is nothing very surprising here.But for once there are positive outcomes And these lead me to acknowledge an elegiac tone to the novel There is a real air of loose ends being tied up, of closure there is a facilitating psychiatrist there for Quirke , of an end to these proceedings An old villain from previous novels gets his desserts, but whether he receives justice is a question to exercise the moral consciences of Quirke and Hackett for some time to come


  8. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is an excellent well structured and plotted Irish noir that beckons the reader in and captivates until the end It is set in fifties Dublin, where Black evokes a marvellous dark suspense filled atmosphere, a backdrop where murky deeds take place We find Quirke, the pathologist, in a fragile state suffering from seeing things and blackouts Quirke fears the worst, but a specialist prescribes rest, whilst attributing the symptoms to an old head injury.Responding to his daughter Phoebe s plea This is an excellent well structured and plotted Irish noir that beckons the reader in and captivates until the end It is set in fifties Dublin, where Black evokes a marvellous dark suspense filled atmosphere, a backdrop where murky deeds take place We find Quirke, the pathologist, in a fragile state suffering from seeing things and blackouts Quirke fears the worst, but a specialist prescribes rest, whilst attributing the symptoms to an old head injury.Responding to his daughter Phoebe s plea for help, Quirke and Hacket embark on a dangerous trail They uncover corrupt politicians and a questionable church There is much that is familiar from the previous books, but I found that comforting, this is a period Dublin which I am happy to return to Black has a talent for creating memorable characters that interact beautifully I recommend this novel wholeheartedly to others and urge them to read it It is so much better than the tv series I received a ebook copy from the publisher via netgalley for an honest review


  9. Noelle Noelle says:

    I received this book from Sara D Arcy Penguin Random House UK and the author in exchange for an honest review.I have to be fair and say that from the start, I got the feeling that I was missing out on something, having never read any of the the other books in this series However, my curiosity got the better if me and although I struggled initially, I persevered and was very glad that I did.There was a gradual build up of mystery and suspense almost like the reader is being teased To me, it I received this book from Sara D Arcy Penguin Random House UK and the author in exchange for an honest review.I have to be fair and say that from the start, I got the feeling that I was missing out on something, having never read any of the the other books in this series However, my curiosity got the better if me and although I struggled initially, I persevered and was very glad that I did.There was a gradual build up of mystery and suspense almost like the reader is being teased To me, it felt like the author was playing a game of sorts, rather than throwing everything into your face all at once, we are given a subtle trail to follow which ultimately led to the killer and a very clever ending in my view Quirke himself, is well kind of quirky I found there was an air of mystery surrounding him and I am curious if that was just in the context of this book or whether this can be felt in the other books in this series A semi reformed alcoholic who happens to fall in love What I liked about this story is that although a murder was committed and an investigation follows, you are inadvertently drawn into a love story of sorts but not a mushy, it is way to in your face type of love no, it was kinda sweet OMG Did I just say the S word Quirke is also quite reflective, but seems to be fighting an inner turmoil which I found quite endearing And Evelyn Blake..well I adore her Confident, sassy and too old to play games yep..I like her character She feels real Quirke s daughter Phoebe also features quite a lot within the pages and her strange relationship with her father unfolds.I also felt there was something haunting about this read I cannot quite put my finger on it but once I got over my initial struggle I could not put it down Politics, revelations, secrecy, redemption, love and even justice is what you will find within this story Will I read anyin this series.I think you will find I have already added a few to my TBR pile Definitely interested in learningabout Quirke


  10. Ellie Ellie says:

    Even the Dead is the latest installment in Benjamin Black s aka John Banville Quirke detective series I ll admit I m a huge Banville fan to begin with and have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the Quirke books so far.So I was thrilled to receive a copy of Even the Dead from NetGalley And it did not disappoint Quirke is his usual dark self and his daughter Phoebe complicated and likable The mystery is a little less gripping than some of the earlier books but the characters are well draw Even the Dead is the latest installment in Benjamin Black s aka John Banville Quirke detective series I ll admit I m a huge Banville fan to begin with and have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the Quirke books so far.So I was thrilled to receive a copy of Even the Dead from NetGalley And it did not disappoint Quirke is his usual dark self and his daughter Phoebe complicated and likable The mystery is a little less gripping than some of the earlier books but the characters are well drawn and interesting Quirke is on a prolonged sabbatical from his work at the mortuary, as a result of head injuries sustained in an earlier book When his assistant also his daughter s boyfriend does an autopsy on a young man who supposedly suicided, he suspects foul play He brings his suspicions to Quirke, who comes out of his semi retirement to investigate Of course, being a mystery novel, the suspicions are of course justified The plot has some very satisfying twists, including some important revisiting of story lines from the earlier books.I literally read Even the Dead in one sitting It s the most satisfying kind of light entertainment beautifully written, with characters I have grown to care about, and a diverting story I was quite anxious by the end about the fate of several characters but I won t share any spoilers here Suffice it to say, the reader cannot rest easy while reading this book.Although the book can be read as a stand alone, it definitely helps to have read the earlier books in the series There are many references to the prior stories and some of the resolution is strongly connected to them.But I strongly recommend the entire series And if you ve already read them, you won t want to miss this one.


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Even the Dead A suspicious death, a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing Quirke s latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foePerhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumor A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating all that s needed, the doctor declares, is an extended rest But Quirke, ever intent on finding his place among the living, is not about to retireOne night during a June heat wave, a car crashes into a tree in central Dublin and bursts into flames The police assume the driver s death was either an accident or a suicide, but Quirke s examination of the body leads him to believe otherwise Then his daughter Phoebe gets a mysterious visit from an acquaintance the woman, who admits to being pregnant, says she fears for her life, though she won t say why When the woman later disappears, Phoebe asks her father for help, and Quirke in turn seeks the assistance of his old friend Inspector Hackett Before long the two men find themselves untangling a twisted string of events that takes them deep into a shadowy world where one of the city s most powerful men uses the cover of politics and religion to make obscene profits Even the Dead Benjamin Black s seventh novel featuring the endlessly fascinating Quirke is a story of surpassing intensity and surprising beauty ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Poltergeist (Greywalker, By Kat Richardson ➦ – Kleankitchen.co.uk a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing Quirke s latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foePerhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts ❃ [EPUB] ✻ OBaby By Geoffrey Johnson ➜ – Kleankitchen.co.uk and he fears the cause is a brain tumor A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating all that s needed ➥ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Ebook ➫ Author Pamela Clare – Kleankitchen.co.uk the doctor declares ❰Reading❯ ➶ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses Author Ernesto Bravo Estrada – Kleankitchen.co.uk is an extended rest But Quirke [Reading] ➶ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Kleankitchen.co.uk ever intent on finding his place among the living ✅ The Good Daughter PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Karin Slaughter – Kleankitchen.co.uk is not about to retireOne night during a June heat wave [Read] ➱ Crysis By Peter Watts – Kleankitchen.co.uk a car crashes into a tree in central Dublin and bursts into flames The police assume the driver s death was either an accident or a suicide [KINDLE] ❀ Fractured (Will Trent, Author Karin Slaughter – Kleankitchen.co.uk but Quirke s examination of the body leads him to believe otherwise Then his daughter Phoebe gets a mysterious visit from an acquaintance the woman ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☂ Ghost Author Fred Burton – Kleankitchen.co.uk who admits to being pregnant ❴Reading❵ ➶ Nerve Author Dick Francis – Kleankitchen.co.uk says she fears for her life [Download] ✤ Cinco Dias de Vida Author Julie Lawson Timmer – Kleankitchen.co.uk though she won t say why When the woman later disappears ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Backstage By Nikki Turner ✐ – Kleankitchen.co.uk Phoebe asks her father for help ❮EPUB❯ ❄ Bodily Harm ✿ Author Margaret Atwood – Kleankitchen.co.uk and Quirke in turn seeks the assistance of his old friend Inspector Hackett Before long the two men find themselves untangling a twisted string of events that takes them deep into a shadowy world where one of the city s most powerful men uses the cover of politics and religion to make obscene profits Even the Dead Benjamin Black s seventh novel featuring the endlessly fascinating Quirke is a story of surpassing intensity and surprising beauty


About the Author: Benjamin Black

Pen name for John BanvilleBanville was born in Wexford, Ireland His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties his mother was a housewife He is the youngest of three siblings his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own His sister Vonnie Banville Evans has written both a children s novel and a reminiscence of growing up in Wexford.Educated at a Christian Brothers school and at St Peter s College in Wexford Despite having intended to be a painter and an architect he did not attend university Banville has described this as A great mistake I should have gone I regret not taking that four years of getting drunk and falling in love But I wanted to get away from my family I wanted to be free After school he worked as a clerk at Aer Lingus which allowed him to travel at deeply discounted rates He took advantage of this to travel in Greece and Italy He lived in the United States during 1968 and 1969 On his return to Ireland he became a sub editor at the Irish Press, rising eventually to the position of chief sub editor His first book, Long Lankin, was published in 1970.After the Irish Press collapsed in 1995, he became a sub editor at the Irish Times He was appointed literary editor in 1998 The Irish Times, too, suffered severe financial problems, and Banville was offered the choice of taking a redundancy package or working as a features department sub editor He left Banville has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1990 In 1984, he was elected to Aosd na, but resigned in 2001, so that some other artist might be allowed to receive the cnuas.Banville also writes under the pen name Benjamin Black His first novel under this pen name was Christine Falls, which was followed by The Silver Swan in 2007 Banville has two adult sons with his wife, the American textile artist Janet Dunham They met during his visit to San Francisco in 1968 where she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley Dunham described him during the writing process as being like a murderer who s just come back from a particularly bloody killing Banville has two daughters from his relationship with Patricia Quinn, former head of the Arts Council of Ireland.Banville has a strong interest in vivisection and animal rights, and is often featured in Irish media speaking out against vivisection in Irish university research.http us.macmillan.com author benjam