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2.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 5 2.81 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Black Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781427204790
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When John Glass's billionaire father-in-law hires him to write his biography, he feels he can't refuse. Then his research assistant on the book discovers some very sensitive information about John's in-laws, and is murdered before he can tell anyone what he knows. John is on his own to find out the young man's secret, before the murderer finds him.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 2/19/2014

    " Largely forgettable, though well-written, mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camille | 2/6/2014

    " reads like a high school paper "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 1/28/2014

    " A gripping piece of writing that, though brief, leads one through deception, mixed loyalties, and politics of an Irish American family as a post-prime journalist solves a murder by one of his own. Lucid descriptions paint the set of rather unsavory characters, where the plot sometimes takes a backseat to incongruous wording. All in all a quick, good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Salerno | 1/19/2014

    " Nice short novella. Easily could be a Quirke-like series in and of itself, but it is cool that it can be so compact and vivid while still maintaining Black's characteristic climactic vagueness. So much is always left unsaid, but the reader still goes away with the mystery solved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilydodge | 1/12/2014

    " I always enjoy a good mystery novel and this one was no exception. The conclusion is so unexpected! It's also a quick read, at about 130 pages, I was able to finish it in a day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob Mentzer | 1/11/2014

    " Not in the same league as Christine Falls or Silver Swan, by the same author. But it is short, which is nice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christin | 1/10/2014

    " Really, the only redeeming features of this are the vague inclination that the novel's protagonist might be a tidbit autobiographical and the dead-on tribute to John Ford. But 'tis a very speedy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jrobertus | 12/26/2013

    " This short thriller started out strong, but never really got untracked. There was the promise of a lot of CIA intruque but it was just another dysfunctional family drama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Guy | 12/7/2013

    " Pleasant way to keep my eyes busy for a few hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/7/2012

    " A good quick read, some really brilliant language, not great, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/22/2012

    " John Banville is brilliant at crime novels. if he doesn't watch out he'll never write "literature" again. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 6/26/2012

    " Love Quirke, but this guy, I've already forgotten his name. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrina Tan | 3/21/2012

    " 's ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish | 1/3/2012

    " I think it had potential but never really interested me til the end. A somewhat boring, not very interesting, quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Rosenow | 11/19/2011

    " Very short. Not such a great mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 7/20/2011

    " I thought this was excellent. I didn't see the end coming -- nice set ups, not too clever, great characterization. Short, loveable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 7/12/2011

    " This was more of a novella than a novel. It was interesting but I found that it both started and stopped abruptly. I wish there was more suspense. But I might check out some of this author's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 4/16/2011

    " I was intrigued by the cover, I admit, but I'm not a mystery-thriller-suspense kind of person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/17/2011

    " John Banville can write a hundred mysteries and I'd read them all. This may be slumming for him, but most writers of genre fiction can't compete with his prose, his plots or his characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/28/2010

    " A Great Man commissions his biography and long buried familial secrets are unearthed. I liked the ambiguous ending but the book felt a little dashed off and half baked, maybe because it was originally serialized in the NYT Sunday Magazine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 10/16/2010

    " It was entertaining enough to finish, but I wasn't totally involved. Does that say more about me or more about the book? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 8/20/2010

    " John Banville writing as Benjamin Black is a treasure. This short but stunning mystery was originally commissioned and published by THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish | 7/23/2010

    " I think it had potential but never really interested me til the end. A somewhat boring, not very interesting, quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jrobertus | 6/18/2010

    " This short thriller started out strong, but never really got untracked. There was the promise of a lot of CIA intruque but it was just another dysfunctional family drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/15/2010

    " A small mystery, well written but quickly forgotten. Not Banville's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 6/9/2010

    " A short novella by Black, this contains elegant prose, a complex plot, and a twisted ending. Imagery is excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bondama | 5/11/2010

    " A stand-alone book, this one is worth it simply for the language "

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About the Author
Author Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black, the pen name of acclaimed novelist John Banville, is the author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan. Christine Falls was nominated for both the Edgar Award and Macavity Award for Best Novel. He lives in Dublin.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. 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.