Sunday, August 24 2014
In The Black-Eyed Blond, Benjamin Black provides such a satisfying incarnation of Raymond Chandler's sensibility, it's almost possible to pretend Chandler is back among the living.
Wednesday, August 14 2013
It's difficult to shake the sensation that this story is not happening over a half-century later, amidst today's revelations of clerical abuse and conspiracy.
Sunday, August 26 2012
"You don't put a bullet in your heart unless there's something seriously the matter." This acerbic tone sharpens the book in typically Irish fashion, as backbiting shoves into indirection and caroms off of bluntness.
Thursday, June 23 2011
As before, Quirke manages to unlock yet another grand Irish scheme against the innocent and the defenseless. "Remember," his foe threatens, "the little fish, and the big fish. And the mud at the bottom."
Thursday, August 21 2008
Enough red herrings strewn in your path to keep you guessing almost to the end
Friday, April 23 2010
John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.
Wednesday, March 26 2014
Benjamin Black takes Philip Marlowe through a series of set pieces intended to echo Raymond Chandler’s work.