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Author: Benjamin Black Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Series:The Quirke Series Release Date: August 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427231680

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When the body of his daughter’s friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish Church and State.

“At first they thought it was the body of a child. Later, when they got it out of the water and saw the pubic hair and the nicotine stains on the fingers, they realized their mistake.”

So begins Holy Orders, the latest Quirke case set in Dublin at a moment when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because in 1950s Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke’s daughter Phoebe loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church’s rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy’s death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.

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  • “The solid detecting…will keep readers engaged, but the book’s power stems from its multifaceted lead.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • Dalton's soul-stirring Shakespearean intonation was ideal for earlier books in the series, as they largely were told from the point of view of the protagonist Quirke, a brooding, alcoholic pathologist. But with that perspective subsequently having been paired with the additional perspective of Quirke's daughter, Phoebe, I now realize John Keating – who most recently read Black's ‘A Death in Summer' – is perfect for these alternating voices.

    - The Star-Ledger
  • “Strikingly detailed, psychologically intricate…Black succeeds brilliantly in delivering piquant social satire and chilling revelations of the church’s unholy power of the justice system and the press.”

    - Booklist
  • “A turning point in the series…While mortality permeates the novel, its real mystery is the mind of Quirke…For Black, the mystery of the human condition remains impenetrable.”

    - Kirkus Reviews


  • Among longlisted titles for Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year, 2013

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About the Author

Benjamin Black is the pen name of the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.