Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

Christine Falls is the debut novel of Benjamin Black, however, the author is not a first-time novelist. Benjamin Black is the pseudonym used by Booker Prize winning author John Banville.

In this first book of a series featuring Dublin protagonist Quirke who observes his brother in law altering documents regarding the death of a woman. As a pathologist/coroner he is bound to investigate which begins the unwinding of secrets that affect both himself and his family.


Book Details

Title: Christine Falls
Author: Benjamin Black
ISBN: 0312426321
Pages: 369 pp
Published Date: 2008
Publisher: Picador
Sub-Genre: Hardboiled
Main Characters: Quirke

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This book is the first book in the Quirke series. The second book to look out for is The Silver Swan.

Publisher's Synopsis

The hero of Christine Falls, Quirke, is a surly pathologist living in 1950s Dublin. One night, after having a few drinks at a party, he returns to the morgue to find his brother-in-law tampering with the records on a young woman’s corpse. The next morning, when his hangover has worn off, Quirke reluctantly begins looking into the woman’s history. He discovers a plot that spans two continents, implicates the Catholic Church, and may just involve members of his own family. He is warned--first subtly, then with violence--to lay off, but Quirke is a stubborn man. The first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banville’s writing to the dark, menacing atmosphere of a first-class thriller.

To see all of his books visit the Benjamin Black page