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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Black Narrator: John Keatin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Quirke Series Release Date:
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On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell—known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick—is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.

Jewell's coolly elegant French wife, Françoise, seems less than shocked by her husband's death. But Dannie, Jewell's high-strung sister, is devastated, and Quirke is surprised to learn that in her grief she has turned to an unexpected friend: David Sinclair, Quirke's ambitious assistant in the pathology lab at the Hospital of the Holy Family. Further, Sinclair has been seeing Quirke's fractious daughter Phoebe, and an unlikely romance is blossoming between the two. As a record heat wave envelops the city and the secret deals underpinning Diamond Dick's empire begin to be revealed, Quirke and Hackett find themselves caught up in a dark web of intrigue and violence that threatens to end in disaster.

Tightly plotted and gorgeously written, A Death in Summer proves to the brilliant but sometimes reckless Quirke that in a city where old money and the right bloodlines rule, he is by no means safe from mortal danger.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diana | 2/2/2014

    " You can't help liking Quirke and feeling very sorry for his daughter. The prose is tight, clear and full of images. It did feel hot, smelly and full of cigarette smoke. Shame his world is so full of nastiness. I like the way it is barely written about, but the nastiness is everywhere, underlying everything, whilst the meals and the cups of tea dance on the surface. It is almost not a crime novel, more a slice of life, well told and malignant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Martha | 2/2/2014

    " Read _Christine Falls_ last summer. Think this will be the last of Quirke for me. Perhaps this isn't my genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ruedi Meyer | 1/16/2014

    " Gives an excellent feel of 50ies Dublin - in its language as well as evocative description; gripping plot and engagingly human sleuths; denouement strikes close to home, i.e. burning 2011 issues in Ireland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kasa Cotugno | 12/27/2013

    " This fourth Quirke outing by Benjamin Black is more cleanly realized than numbers 2 and 3, but not as much as number 1, Elegy for April. Set in Dublin during an unusually hot summer in the late 50's, the mystery doesn't present so much of a challenge, but the back story is compelling enough to keep a reader interested. As this is by definition an historical novel, meaning it takes place more than 50 years before its publication, there is some effort to recreate a time gone by. However, the emphasis on smoking is almost laughable. Literature of that time incorporated psople smoking, but I doubt they were lighting up on every page. "

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