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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Black Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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In Vengeance, a bizarre suicide leads to a scandal and then still more blood, as Benjamin Black reveals a world where money and sex trump everything.

It's a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye, one of Ireland's most successful businessmen, takes his boat far out to sea. With him is his partner's son - who becomes the sole witness when Delahaye produces a pistol, points it at his own chest, and fires.

This mysterious death immediately engages the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett, who in turn calls upon the services of his sometime partner Quirke, consultant pathologist at the Hospital of the Holy Family. The stakes are high: Delahaye's prominence in business circles means that Hackett and Quirke must proceed very carefully. Among others, they interview Mona Delahaye, the dead man's young and very beautiful wife; James and Jonas Delahaye, his identical twin sons; and Jack Clancy, his ambitious, womanizing partner. But then a second death occurs, this one even more shocking than the first, and quickly it becomes apparent that a terrible secret threatens to destroy the lives and reputations of several members of Dublin's elite.

Why did Victor Delahaye kill himself, and who is intent upon wreaking vengeance on so many of those who knew him?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 1/29/2014

    " Not my favorite Quirke. This was a very good novel, but not much of a mystery. I like my literary sleuths to actually do a little sleuthing. Quirke is great at drinking and banging widows though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 1/25/2014

    " Quirke is back, although it's not as prominent a role as in previous novels in this series. Plot opens with a strange suicide, witnessed only by the son of the victim's partner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacquelynn Fritz | 1/6/2014

    " Victor Delahaye commits suicide on his boat in front of his partner's son. Detective Hackett and Dr. Quirke are called in to investigate. They interview his wife Mona, twin sons James and Jonas, and partner Jack Clancy. While investigating, Jack Clancy turns up drowned, and Hackett and Quirke must look into family secrets before finding the truth about the deaths. This is the first book I've read in the series. I was surprised that the partners didn't work together more in the investigation and why Quirke seemed to take the lead in the investigation. I also didn't like his unprofessionalism with him sleeping with Mona. The premise was better than than the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/5/2014

    " Black's language is gorgeous, but this is the first of his mysteries starring Quirke in which the plot was tired, a rehash of previous ones. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Anne | 1/5/2014

    " The. Best Quirke novel yet, just gets better and batter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/4/2014

    " I rarely give 4 stars. But believable, flawed characters and a solid plot coupled with stellar imagery (molten gold cascading off oars, a dried leaf like a hand clutching the frozen ground)give this one my highest rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/26/2013

    " It's all about Atmosphere with Benjamin Black and this one has plenty of it. As long as it's raining in Ireland I'm happy. I listened to the audiobook with narration by John Keating. He handles the various accents, including the southern American one, with polish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riodelmartians | 12/14/2013

    " Great plot except for initial suicide. I think if he were in character he would not kill himself or others. The vengeance would not involve blood. Nevertheless, he wanted his wife to be the femme fatale and she performs beyond all expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/6/2013

    " I enjoy 1950s Dublin and the two key players in these books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linny | 11/16/2013

    " Banville better at non mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 11/7/2013

    " The writing is divine - the plotting isn't on the same level. Still an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Willse | 9/3/2013

    " The fifth in the series. Black/Banville is a prose master, many riffs poetic, and he draws wonderful characters, especially the ones most detestable. But we might could do with a bit more plot and bit less interior monologue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula O'sullivan | 7/30/2013

    " old fashioned thriller really enjoyed it - very well written, kept me hooked til the end without any blood guts and gore "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renée | 4/26/2013

    " I love all of the Quirke novels, but this one is not at strong as the previous ones. The writing style is wonderful, but the plot was predictable. I could tell who did it way too early in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 4/20/2013

    " This particular title is not my favorite of the Quirke books because I didn't find the supporting characters to be as Interesting as in some of his earlier works. But, as always, Banville's writing is sublime. It is truly a pleasure to read his prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 4/14/2013

    " Probably my least favorite book in the series. Didn't get the connection to Quirke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/28/2013

    " I really enjoy John Baneville writing as Benjamin Black. The Quirke series is always a good read. I like reading books where the protagonist is a bit of a flawed character. It seems more real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 11/20/2012

    " I always enjoy books from this series :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 9/13/2012

    " 2.5 Not as good as the other Quirke mysteries, but still OK. Benjamin Black (John Banville) is a far better writer than most "mystery" writers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Gallagher | 8/6/2012

    " I think I've finished this series now. "

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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.