Christine Falls

A Novel

Quirke (Volume 1)

John Banville writing as Benjamin Black

Henry Holt and Co.

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In the debut crime novel from the Booker-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of
a conspiracy among the city’s high Catholic society
 
It’s not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It’s the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse—and concealing the cause of death.

It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious—and very well-guarded—secrets of Dublin’s high Catholic society, among them members of his own family.

Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize winner John Banville’s fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black’s debut marks him as a true master of the form.

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Chapter One

It was not the dead that seemed to quirke uncanny but the living. When he walked into the morgue long after midnight and saw Malachy Griffin there he felt a shiver along his spine that was to prove prophetic, a tremor of troubles to come. Mal was in Quirke’s office, sitting at the desk. Quirke stopped in the unlit body room, among the shrouded forms on their trolleys, and watched him through the open doorway. He was seated with his back to the door, leaning forward intently in his steel-framed spectacles, the desk lamp lighting the left side of his face and making an angry pink

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Benjamin Black's thriller novel Christine Falls, narrated by actor Timothy Dalton. Benjamin Black is a pseudonym of Booker Prize-winning author John Banville, and Christine Falls, the first novel in the Quirke series, brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banville's writing to the dark, menacing atmosphere of a first-class thriller.

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"Christine Falls is a triumph, of classical crime fiction, finely, carefully made, not a single false move or wrong word—why oh why don’t they write books like this anymore."—Alan Furst

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John Banville writing as 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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Christine Falls
A Novel
John Banville writing as Benjamin Black

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Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Macavity Award - Nominee

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Henry Holt and Co.
March 2007
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ISBN: 9781429906227
ISBN10: 1429906227
352 pages
$9.99

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Macmillan Audio
March 2007
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ISBN: 9781427200730
ISBN10: 1427200734
Audio Run Time: 9:30
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January 2008
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ISBN: 9780312426323
ISBN10: 0312426321
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
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