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"[Benjamin Black’s] books about the dour Irish pathologist named Quirke have effortless flair, with their period-piece cinematic ambience and their sultry romance. The Black books are much more like Alan Furst’s elegant, doom-infused World War II spy books than like standard crime tales."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Black’s drab Dublin streets are full of perplexing figures, archetypes, as if the characters were stalking through some Jungian map of the unconscious: weakened, dying fathers, good mothers, bad mothers, twins, ‘dark doubles,’ ghosts surging up from the past… His narratives are loaded with poetic devices."—The New Yorker
"Black has improved with every book, and the latest, A Death in Summer, is his best yet… [Black] knows how to create a first-rate sleuth—the ungainly, middle-aged Dublin pathologist Quirke, a man who can never seem to keep his nose out of trouble."—Malcolm Jones, The Daily Beast
"The author of the Booker Prize-winning The Sea, Banville is a literary artist, whereas Black is a craftsman who churns out page-turning crime tales… Banville’s latest Benjamin Black novel is another complex character study disguised as a plot-driven work of genre fiction."—The Kansas City Star
"[A Death in Summer] is an elegant novel, well-paced with dramatic twists, disturbing surprises and richly drawn characters whose actions and motives have a tangible psychological depth.
Mr. Black/Banville is well in form here... It can be either plunged into without any need to reference the previous three or else taken as a welcome new installment of a sequential quartet by one of Ireland’s leading contemporary novelists."—New York Journal of Books
Workmanlike but not much else.
Filled with cliches: the cop struggling not to relapse into alcoholism, the hated rich guy, the aloof widow, lonely childhoods, etc., etc., etc. Read more
Captivating. Couldn't put it down. Benjamin Black has written a winner. Highly recommend as one of this author's best books.Published 10 months ago by Elizabeth A Meltzer
What a surprise to find that Benjamin Black, a recipient of the Man Booker Prize (as John Banville), is so casually and offensively anti-Semitic in his fourth Quirke mystery. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JK
I have read 4 other books by Benjamin Black . I have enjoyed them all and this may be the best. The characters are very well drawn, and the story in this book is highly... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Peter S. Friedman
An enjoyable enough book, could be a hundred pages shorter without the nonstop details pertaining to smoking.Published 13 months ago by brandon snyder
I liked Black's 'Black eyed blonde' a lot, so I thought I would check out his other works. This one was a disappointment. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Comrade_Bazarov