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Author: John Banville Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Harlequin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781488209505

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The incomparable Booker Prize winner’s next great crime novel is the story of an aristocratic family whose secrets resurface when a parish priest is found murdered in their home.

Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate a murder. A parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family.

The year is 1957 and the Catholic Church rules Ireland with an iron fist. Strafford—flinty, visibly Protestant, and determined to identify the murderer—faces obstruction at every turn, from the heavily accumulating snow to the culture of silence in this tight-knit community. As he delves further, he learns the Osbornes are not at all what they seem. And when his own deputy goes missing, Strafford must work to unravel the ever-expanding mystery before the community’s secrets, like the snowfall itself, threatens to obliterate everything.

Beautifully crafted, darkly evocative, and pulsing with suspense, Snow is “the Irish master” (New Yorker) John Banville at his page-turning best.

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  • “All the trimmings of a classic mystery, elevated by Banville’s immaculate, penetrating prose.”

    - Peter Swanson, author of Eight Perfect Murders
  • “The first mystery Banville has written under his own name, rather than as Benjamin Black, Snow stars a crusty Protestant detective investigating a murder in County Wexford.”

    - Library Journal
  • “The Irish master.”

    - New Yorker
  • “He cannot write an unpolished phrase, so we read him slowly, relishing the stream of pleasures he affords.”

    - Independent (London)
  • “A brilliant stylist.”

    - Christian Science Monitor
  • “Banville is a master at capturing the most fleeting memory or excruciating twinge of self-awareness with riveting accuracy.”

    - People
  • “John Banville is the heir to Nabokov.”

    - Sunday Telegraph (London)
  • “One of the best novelists in English.”

    - Guardian (London)
  • “The heir to Proust.”

    - Daily Beast
  • “A great storyteller.”

    - Observer (London)
  • “Banville’s ventriloquism is word-perfect.”

    - Vulture
  • “[Banville’s] books are like baroque cathedrals, filled with elaborate passages.”

    - Paris Review
  • “A grand writer with a seductive style.”

    - New York Times
  • “One periodically rereads a [Banville] sentence just to marvel at its beauty, originality, and elegance.”

    - USA Today
  • “John Banville deserves his Booker Prize.”

    - Los Angeles Times


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of seventeen novels, including The Sea, which won the 2005 Booker Prize, and the DI Quirke novels written under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. In 2011 he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, in 2013 he was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and in 2014 he won the Prince of Asturias Award, Spain’s most important literary prize. He lives in Dublin.

About the Narrator

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. He has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.