Monday, August 27 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."
Friday, August 22 2008
Enough red herrings strewn in your path to keep you guessing almost to the end
Wednesday, February 27 2008
There's lots of rain, fog, and shadowy mists, as if a sunny day might wreck the storyline -- and then there's the "hand problem".
Friday, March 30 2007
Two approaches, one literary, the other genre, from Val McDermid and John Banville deliver similar rewards.
Friday, April 23 2010
John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.