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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,403 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Black Narrator: Timothy Dalton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two years have passed since the events of the best-selling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, the judge lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.

With much to regret from his last inquisitive foray, Quirke ought to know better than to let his curiosity get the best of him. Yet when an almost-forgotten acquaintance comes to him about his beautiful young wife's apparent suicide, Quirke's old itch to cut into the quick of things, to delve into the dark of what was hidden is roused again. As he begins to probe further into the shadowy circumstances of Deirdre Hunt's death, he discovers many things that might better have remained hidden, as well as grave danger to those he loves.

Haunting, masterfully written, and utterly mesmerizing in its nuance, The Silver Swan fully lives up to the promise of Christine Falls and firmly establishes Benjamin Black (aka John Banville) among the greatest of crime writers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fran Caparrelli | 2/17/2014

    " the story is good and Benjamin Black(author John Banville)is a great writer-love his way with words. What was awesome about this read was the audio version by Timothy Dalton -Yes,James Bond. His training and experience as a Shakesperean actor was quite evident. He has you just hanging onto the story, He is a fantastic reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/11/2014

    " This is the second book in the series by Irish writer Benjamin Black, AKA John Banville (the Sea, for which he won the Man Booker prize in 2005). This book follows the further adventures of Dublin pathologist Quirke and his complicated family. Quirke has quit drinking, which has made him grumpier than usual and on edge, as he confronts the circumstances of an old acquaintance from college. His curiosity gets the better of him when he is pulled into the mystery of the apparent suicide of this man's young wife. His daughter is involved in the events as well, which puts her in great danger. The descriptions of Dublin's streets, atmosphere and climate combine with the action and mystery to create a haunting sense of place. The writing is brilliantly suited to the crime genre, yet a step above most I've read. I look forward to following these characters in many books to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bruno da Maremma | 2/8/2014

    " Wonderful, rich, evocative descriptions. I love the writing. Dublin in the 1950s seems to materialize in front of your eyes. Also the characters are beautifully fleshed out and real. I would rate this book at 5 stars but for one thing. The plot is preposterous. Protagonist Quirke is a pathologist who, as a favour, agrees not to cut open the body of an old schoolmate's dead wife. She has turned up dead in the water, apparently a suicide and hubby doesn't want the humiliation of suicide and desecration of her body. But during his visual examination of the dead woman he notices a puncture mark in her arm and so does a full post mortem after all, finding no evidence of drowning but residues of alcohol in her blood and a fatal dose of morphine as well. At the inquest he reveals nothing of this information and suggests accidental death by drowning to be the cause. At this point I was no longer able to invoke the necessary suspension of disbelief to enjoy this book fully. However, as I said in the first couple of sentences, the man is an incredible writer. Worth reading for the character descriptions and sense of place that he invokes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 2/6/2014

    " To drawn out and ultimately rather anticlimactic. I was not able to develop any sympathy for the characters. "

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