A Death in Summer (Quirke, Book 4) by Benjamin Black

By Benjamin Black

one of many Chicago Tribune's most sensible Reads of 2011

one among Dublin's strongest males meets a violent end— and an said grasp of crime fiction gives you his such a lot gripping novel yet

On a sweltering summer time afternoon, newspaper multi-millionaire Richard Jewell—known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick—is found together with his head blown off via a shotgun blast. yet is it suicide or homicide? For support with the research, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his outdated buddy Quirke, who has strange entry to Dublin's elite.

Jewell's coolly based French spouse, Françoise, turns out below surprised through her husband's loss of life. yet Dannie, Jewell's high-strung sister, is devastated, and Quirke is stunned to profit that during her grief she has grew to become to an unforeseen buddy: David Sinclair, Quirke's bold assistant within the pathology lab on the sanatorium of the Holy family members. extra, Sinclair has been seeing Quirke's fractious daughter Phoebe, and an not likely romance is blossoming among the 2. As a checklist warmth wave envelops the town and the key offers underpinning Diamond Dick's empire start to be published, Quirke and Hackett locate themselves stuck up in a gloomy net of intrigue and violence that threatens to finish in disaster.

Tightly plotted and gorgeously written, A demise in summer season proves to the bright yet occasionally reckless Quirke that during a urban the place previous funds and the precise bloodlines rule, he's in no way secure from mortal danger.

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She passed away this summer. She died of the consumption,’ I said, struggling not to cry. His eyes filled too. ‘Poor little Evie,’ he murmured. Then he looked at me again – a long searching look. ’ he murmured. I unwound the shawl from my head and let my hair whip free in the wind. ‘I am Evie’s daughter,’ I said. ’ ‘I wondered – dear God, how I wondered if that was the case. I went sailing halfway across the world, selfishly wanting adventure. At first I barely gave Evie a second thought. I had new sweethearts wherever the ship docked – but none proved as sweet and spirited as your mother.

His eyes filled too. ‘Poor little Evie,’ he murmured. Then he looked at me again – a long searching look. ’ he murmured. I unwound the shawl from my head and let my hair whip free in the wind. ‘I am Evie’s daughter,’ I said. ’ ‘I wondered – dear God, how I wondered if that was the case. I went sailing halfway across the world, selfishly wanting adventure. At first I barely gave Evie a second thought. I had new sweethearts wherever the ship docked – but none proved as sweet and spirited as your mother.

Do you really think so? ’ I asked eagerly, throwing caution to the wind. ’ she said triumphantly, and bent her head over her knitting. ’ I asked. ’ She shrugged, stitching away. ‘Oh please tell me – please,’ I begged. ’ She looked up at me, her eyes narrowed. ’ ‘Yes? ’ ‘Then go through the village, as far east as you can go—’ ‘East. Yes. ’ ‘And then gaze ahead and you’ll be looking straight at him,’ she said, and started cackling with laughter. I plied her with further questions, but she rocked back and forth, still laughing, refusing to say another word.

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