The Silver Swan
By Benjamin Black
Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805081534, 304pp.
Publication Date: March 4, 2008
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With much to regret from his last inquisitive foray, Quirke ought to know better than to let his curiosity get the best of him. Yet when an almost forgotten acquaintance comes to him about his beautiful young wife's apparent suicide, Quirke's "old itch to cut into the quick of things, to delve into the dark of what was hidden" is roused again. As he begins to probe further into the shadowy circumstances of Deirdre Hunt's death, he discovers many things that might better have remained hidden, as well as grave danger to those
Haunting, masterfully written, and utterly mesmerizing in its nuance, "The Silver Swan "fully lives up to the promise of "Christine"" Falls"""and firmly establishes Benjamin Black (a.k.a. John Banville) among the greatest of crime writers.