By Benjamin Black
A suspicious dying, a pregnant girl without warning long gone lacking: Quirke's most modern case leads him inexorably towards the darkish machinations of an outdated foe
Perhaps Quirke has been down one of the lifeless too lengthy. in recent times the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the reason is a mind tumor. a expert diagnoses an outdated head damage as a result of a savage beating; all that is wanted, the health professional publicizes, is a longer relaxation. yet Quirke, ever motive on discovering his position one of the dwelling, isn't really approximately to retire.
One evening in the course of a June warmth wave, a vehicle crashes right into a tree in important Dublin and bursts into flames. The police suppose the driver's loss of life was once both an twist of fate or a suicide, yet Quirke's exam of the physique leads him to think differently. Then his daughter Phoebe will get a mysterious stopover at from an acquaintance: the lady, who admits to pregnancy, says she fears for her existence, even though she will not say why. whilst the lady later disappears, Phoebe asks her father for support, and Quirke in flip seeks the help of his previous pal Inspector Hackett. earlier than lengthy the 2 males locate themselves untangling a twisted string of occasions that takes them deep right into a shadowy international the place one of many city's strongest males makes use of the canopy of politics and faith to make obscene profits.
Even the Dead--Benjamin Black's 7th novel that includes the without end attention-grabbing Quirke--is a narrative of surpassing depth and magnificent beauty.