Another atmospheric, literary mystery from Benjamin Black, a/k/a John Banville, the Man Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist.
Dour pathologist Quirke and his colleague Detective Inspector Hackett investigate a homicide at one of Dublin’s most successful local companies. The company is owned by two clans, one Catholic and one Protestant, somewhat unusual for 1950’s Dublin.
Quirke’s own failed familial and romantic relationships don’t stop him from being quite astute in his observations of others’ tangled affairs. With Hackett in tow, Quirke plows through the Clancy and Delahaye family thicket to solve the murder(s).
If you enjoy Ruth Rendell and other classic mystery writers, you’ll like this series too.