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Mantle, 2012 - Detective and mystery stories - 326 pages
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Why would suicide need a witness?On the east coast of Ireland, Victor Delahaye, one of the country's most prominent citizens, takes his business partner's son out sailing. But once at sea, Davy Clancy is horrified to witness Delahaye take out a gun and shoot himself dead.This strange event captures the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett and his friend Pathologist Doctor Quirke. The Delahayes and Clancys have been rivals for generations and the suicide lays bare the perplexing characters at the heart of the mystery, from Mona, Delahaye's toxic young widow, to Jonas and James, his strange, enigmatic twin sons; and Jack Clancy, his down-trodden, womanizing partner. And when a second death occurs, one even more shocking than the first, Quirke begins to realise that terrible secrets lie buried within these entangled families; and that in this world of jealousy, ruthless ambition and pride – nothing is quite as it seems...

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User Review  - idiotgirl - LibraryThing

Read this book at the same time I read Ancient Light by John Banville (who writes the Quirk novels as Benjamin Black). I very much enjoy reading Banville in both his incarnations. Read full review

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User Review  - brokenangelkisses - LibraryThing

I'm always interested in the reasons writers choose to adopt pseudonyms. Crime novelist Agatha Christie published six "romance" novels as Mary Westmacott; adult sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov wrote a ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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, including the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. He lives in Dublin. Vengeance is the fifth book in Benjamin Black's celebrated Quirke Dublin series, now being adapted for a major BBC TV series starring Gabriel Byrne.

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