Christine Falls

Christine Falls

Audiobook CD - 2007
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It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse-and concealing the cause ofdeath.   It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious-and very well-guarded-secrets of Dublin's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family.   Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize winner John Banville's fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black's debut marks him as a true master of the form.
Publisher: New York : Audio Renaissance, p2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427200723
Characteristics: 8 compact discs (9 hr., 30 min.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dalton, Timothy 1944-


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tim_c Apr 03, 2014

I've both read B.Black and got the audio CD of another of his books. Reading is by far my preferred alternative (even though normally I would rather hear it).

Much of the mood, which is a good portion of the essence of a Quirke novel, is given away to another's interpretation when you listen to it.

Suffice it to say that Timothy Dalton, sadly, missed the mark by a good distance with his rendition of the book.

Jan 16, 2014

There's so much cliché and stereotypes in this book, not much story, lots of living in the (sad) past, family secrets and characters that one just doesn't get to know well that this book missed the mark for me.
It's kind of sad; this book should have been better. It has the elements to be so: a brusque pathologist with a sad past, family secrets, a mystery, the rich & the poor, ambience. Yet it didn't come together, sadly.

Cdnbookworm Apr 18, 2011

This great crime novel stars Garret Quirke, a Dublin pathologist who was adopted out of an orphanage as a young boy by a leading Dublin judge. He has grown up with the Judge's own son and the two married sisters from Boston. Quirke's wife, Delia, died in childbirth 20 years ago.
Now Quirke discovers that his adopted brother has falsified a record for another young woman who has died giving birth and this sets him off on a quest for the truth that leads to other deaths, beatings, and back to Boston.

Mar 07, 2011

complicated and not easy to follow. kind of caught on in the 2nd CD. Listened to the whole book but was only ok.

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