Quirke’s pathology department, set deep beneath the city, is his own gloomy realm: always quiet, always night, and always under his control. Until late one evening after a party he stumbles across a body that should not be there - and his brother-in-law falsifying the corpse’s cause of death.
This is the first time Quirke has encountered Christine Falls, but the investigation he decides to lead into the way she lived and died uncovers a dark secret at the heart of Dublin’s high Catholic network; one with the power to shake his own family and everything he holds dear.
"Succeeds sensationally . . . An absorbing plot, beguiling characters and evocative settings . . . His pacing is impeccable." ( Marcel Berlins, The Times)
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By Genny on 25-05-09
More than just a crime story
Whilst this took a while to get into it is a fascinating insight into guilt, lust, greed, love and the fear of the final retribution. If you like more than who done and enjoy why done it you will love this. The historical background plays well and reminds you how far we have come. Not yet perfect I agree but makes one less inclined to moan about the lot of women and children who fall out of a well rounded nuclear family. After this book keeping family secrets will seem an even more perilous idea.
Having been brought up in convent the facts and the thinking behind those facts rang true. Take time for this thought provoking audio book. However, beware you have at least empathy if not sympathy for even the most un-likeable of this strong cast of seeming saints and apparent villains, who make you take a second look in the mirror.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Steve Flook on 19-02-10
A Superbly Stylish Novel
Although recently listed as one of '50 Thriller Writers to Read Before You Die' , this will disappoint any reader looking for the traditional puzzling tale littered with bodies. Instead it is a pacy, intricate and well-plotted novel with excellent characterisation. Set in 1950s Dublin, it has in its main character, the flawed pathologist Quirke, who is inextricably linked with the main characters (and suspects) through marriage. The beautifully crafted writing is only what one would expect from a writer who, as John Banville is a previous Booker winner with 'The Sea'. Perhaps the greatest testimony to its success is that many readers other than me will be heartily relieved to know that a sequel, 'The Silver Swan' is also available on Audible.
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By Tracey on 24-08-15
What disappointed you about Christine Falls?
the narrator should keep to movies his mono log voice is boring 2 chapters was enough
What was most disappointing about Benjamin Black’s story?
timothy dalton although the story is slow
How could the performance have been better?
a better reader that could bring characters to life
What character would you cut from Christine Falls?
didn,t get that far
By Reina on 03-01-13
Good introduction to audible books
Where does Christine Falls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
First audible book ever downloaded so difficult to compare.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Enough suspense to keep listening in one breath
What about Timothy Dalton’s performance did you like?
Mr. Dalton's voice was the main reason for choosing the book. I think the narrator has a great voice and I was not deceived. And much better listening to Dalton's reading a good book than watching him perform well in some crappy B films scrips. What I particularly like is the depth and range of tone, compared to some of the samples of other narrators I am listening to now which are by comparison so flat.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The changing relation between father and daughter
Any additional comments?
I only wish there were more good books narrated by Mr. Dalton