The Silver Swan

A Novel

Quirke (Volume 2)

Benjamin Black

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It has been two years since the events of Christine Falls, the bestselling novel that introduced the world to an irascible Dublin pathologist named Quirke. Quirke's beloved Sarah has died, his surrogate father lies paralyzed by a stroke, and he’s been sober for half a year. When a near-forgotten acquaintance asks him to cover up his beautiful young wife’s apparent suicide, Quirke knows he should stay clear, for the sake of his sobriety and his peace of mind. But his old itch is irresistible, and before long he is probing further into the circumstances of Deidre Hunt’s death, into a web of drugs and illicit sex that may have snared his own daughter, Phoebe. With its vivid, intense evocation of 1950s Dublin, and intricate, psychologically complex storyline, The Silver Swan is "even more engrossing than last year’s Christine Falls" (Entertainment Weekly).

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Chapter 1

Quirke did not recognize the name. it seemed familiar but he could not put a face to it. Occasionally it happened that way; someone would float up without warning out of his past, his drinking past, someone he had forgotten, asking for a loan or offering to let him in on a sure thing or just wanting to make contact, out of loneliness, or only to know that he was still alive and that the drink had not done for him. Mostly he put them off, mumbling about pressure of work and the like. This one should have been easy, since it was just a name and a telephone number left with the

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Benjamin Black (award-winning novelist John Banville) discusses his mystery novels, Christine Falls and The Silver Swan.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Benjamin Black's literary crime novel The Silver Swan, narrated by Timothy Dalton. 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. Quirke's beloved Sarah has died, his surrogate father lies paralyzed by a stroke, and he's been sober for half a year.

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"Grippingly propulsive . . . Christine Falls was the most artful noir mystery in years; The Silver Swan is better."--Los Angeles Times

"[Black] proved he could walk the crime-fiction walk with the Edgar®-nominated Christine Falls, and now his luminous prose gets an even better infrastructure in the sequel, a faster-paced, further melancholic slice of the noir life of Dublin pathologist Quirke."--Baltimore Sun

"If you like your mysteries like Guinness--dark and Irish--look no further."--Rocky Mountain News(Denver)

"[A] brilliant book."--The Seattle Times

"A superb sense of place and an unsettling atmosphere of dread and repressed desire."--The Providence Journal

"A satisfying blend of the muck, and pluck, of the Irish . . . The author knows 1950s Dublin inside and out and the narrative drives onward with pitch-perfect passages."--The Christian Science Monitor

"[Black] is a superb, evocative writer."--The Miami Herald

"Black’s prose is as clear and moody as Banville’s, never stooping to cliché in word, image, or concept. . . . The delicate but inexorable suspense grows in the natural way, from misunderstanding, deceit, loneliness, and fear."--The Oregonian (Portland)

"[Black’s] sinuous prose, subtle eroticism, and 1950s period detail do more than enough to put this series on the map."--The New York Times Book Review


 




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Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black is the pen name of acclaimed author John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels have won numerous awards, most recently the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. He lives in Dublin.

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The Silver Swan
A Novel
Benjamin Black

Trade Paperback

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Picador
February 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312428242
ISBN10: 0312428243
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$16.00

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Macmillan Audio
March 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427202901
ISBN10: 1427202907
Audio Run Time: 9:00
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Henry Holt and Co.
March 2008
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ISBN: 9781429938297
ISBN10: 1429938293
304 pages
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