Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Benjamin Black


Sunday, August 24 2014

Which Is Better, Gorgeous Writing or a Gorgeous Blonde?

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

Clerical Connivance in Dreary Dublin: Benjamin Black's 'Holy Orders'

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

'Vengeance' Is Fifth in the Quirke Mysteries Series, and Its Quirky, All Right

"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

'A Death in Summer' Warns Us: Stirring Up the Depths Can Be Fatal

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

The Lemur by Benjamin Black

Enough red herrings strewn in your path to keep you guessing almost to the end


Friday, April 23 2010

'Elegy for April': Benjamin Black's New Dublin Noir

John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.


Wednesday, March 26 2014

'The Black-Eyed Blonde' Is More Gray Than Noir

Benjamin Black takes Philip Marlowe through a series of set pieces intended to echo Raymond Chandler’s work.

Now on PopMatters
PM Picks

© 1999-2015 All rights reserved.™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.