The Mystery Bookshelf, where you can discover a world of mystery and suspense, is pleased to feature a new crime novel we recently received from the publisher.
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A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black
A Quirke Mystery (4th in series)
Picador (Trade Paperback)
Publication Date: April 2012
About A Death in Summer (from the publisher): On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell — known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick — is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.
Jewell's coolly elegant French wife, Françoise, seems less than shocked by her husband's death. But Dannie, Jewell's high-strung sister, is devastated, and Quirke is surprised to learn that in her grief she has turned to an unexpected friend: David Sinclair, Quirke's ambitious assistant in the pathology lab at the Hospital of the Holy Family. Further, Sinclair has been seeing Quirke's fractious daughter Phoebe, and an unlikely romance is blossoming between the two. As a record heat wave envelops the city and the secret deals underpinning Diamond Dick's empire begin to be revealed, Quirke and Hackett find themselves caught up in a dark web of intrigue and violence that threatens to end in disaster.
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About the author: Benjamin Black is the pen name of the novelist John Banville. As Black, he is the author of the Quirke novels and his stand-alone novel, The Lemur. Writing as John Banville, his novel The Sea was the winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize. Black was born in Wexford, Ireland, and lives in Dublin. For more information about the author and his books, visit his website at BenjaminBlackBooks.com.
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