Christine Falls: A Novel

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Macmillan, Mar 6, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
17
Section 3
49
Section 4
57
Section 5
65
Section 6
79
Section 7
85
Section 8
89
Section 22
207
Section 23
215
Section 24
221
Section 25
231
Section 26
239
Section 27
257
Section 28
271
Section 29
281

Section 9
99
Section 10
107
Section 11
113
Section 12
117
Section 13
123
Section 14
131
Section 15
137
Section 16
143
Section 17
147
Section 18
159
Section 19
173
Section 20
183
Section 21
197
Section 30
289
Section 31
293
Section 32
305
Section 33
311
Section 34
319
Section 35
327
Section 36
339
Section 37
341
Section 38
345
Section 39
351
Section 40
361
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About the author (2007)

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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