Thursday, August 26, 2010

John Banville (writing as Benjamin Black), CHRISTINE FALLS

Good crime fiction! It's 1950s Dublin, and a girl's corpse in the morgue leads Quirke (a pathologist) to discover a baby-donating/trading scandal in the Catholic Church. Aside from his propensity to use names that fit almost too neatly (Quirke is quirky and the bad brother in law is Malachy -- called Mal through most of the book and sporting a "smooth seal's head of oiled black hair, scrupulously combed and parted"--EW!), the writing is clean, the plot fast-paced, the secondary characters well-drawn. This is the first of a series, and I'm going to find the next.

1 comment:

  1. I read The Sea by him ('05 Booker winner). So so sad. Gripingly melancholic. Very compelling writer. Hard to imagine something fast paced from him...I might give it a try! Thanks!