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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.

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'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.

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

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

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Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

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".

Diane Leach
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The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid

Two approaches, one literary, the other genre, from Val McDermid and John Banville deliver similar rewards.

Chauncey Mabe
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Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

Man Booker Prize-winner John Banville offers his first crime novel.

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The Sea by John Banville

These were the moments I truly cared about Max and his experiences by the sea. I identified with him, with his longings, and his fearless divulgence of his most private secrets and thoughts.

Nikki Tranter

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