Christine Falls by Benjamin Black audiobook

Christine Falls: A Novel

By Benjamin Black
Read by Timothy Dalton

Macmillan Audio 9781427200723

The Quirke Series: Book 1

9.55 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781427200730

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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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2007 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel

A 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Among longlisted titles for Audible.com Best of the Year, 2007

Nominated for Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, 2008

Among longlisted titles for Audible.com 100 Audible Essentials, 2007

Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, 2007

Nominated for Macavity Award - Nominee, 2007

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Swirling, elegant noir…Crossover fiction of a very high order…Rolls forward with haunting, sultry exoticism…toward the best kind of denouement under these circumstances: a half inconclusive one.” New York Times
“A page-turner told in prose so beautiful you’ll want to read some passages repeatedly. Intricately plotted, beautifully written.” Boston Globe
“Measured, taut, and transfixing…Benjamin Black’s plotting is methodical, detailed, and always gripping. You can smell the smoke in Quirke's favorite pub and touch the cool walls in a Boston convent he later visits.” USA Today
“Offers a subtler, deeper satisfaction than just finding out whodunit…What’s most disconcerting of all about Christine Falls is the atmosphere of moral claustrophobia enveloping it.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“A dark, ambitious crime novel.” Newsday
“Crime fiction rarely lives up to the term ‘literary,’ but [Christine Falls] is the happy exception.” Entertainment Weekly
Christine Falls is a triumph of classical crime fiction, finely, carefully made, not a single false move or wrong word--why don't they write books like this anymore? Alan Furst
Contemporary fiction gets no better than this... Banville's books teem with life and humor. Patrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review on The Untouchable
John Banville is the heir to Nabokov. The Sunday Telegraph on The Sea
A major work of fiction in which every suave moment calmly detonates to show the murderous gleam within. Don DeLillo on The Book of Evidence

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Author

Author Bio: Benjamin Black

Author Bio: Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black is the pen name of the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English