Quirke—the hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin
pathologist—is back, and he’s determined to find his daughter’s best friend, a
well-connected young doctor.
April Latimer has vanished. A junior doctor at a local
hospital, she is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly
patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most
respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in
men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional.
Now April has disappeared, and her friend Phoebe Griffin
suspects the worst. Frantic, Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic
father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for
alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector
Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. In their separate ways the
two men follow April’s trail through some of the darker byways of the city to uncover
crucial information on her whereabouts. And as Quirke becomes deeply involved
in April’s murky story, he encounters complicated and ugly truths about family
savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred.
Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of
the difficult and relentless love between a father and his daughter, this is
Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.
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