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Benjamin Black - Author

About the Author

Benjamin Black is the pen name of acclaimed author John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels have won numerous awards, most recently the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. He lives in Dublin.

 

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Featured books by Benjamin Black

The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel

The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2015

Maybe it was time I forgot about Nico Peterson, and his sister, and the Cahuilla Club, and Clare Cavendish. Clare? The rest would be easy to put out of my mind, but not the black-eyed blonde ...It is the early 1950s. In Los Angeles, Private Detective Philip Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client arrives: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, Clare Cavendish wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Soon Marlowe will find himself not only under the spell of the Black-Eyed Blonde; but tangling with one of Bay City's richest families - and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune ...In this gripping and deeply evocative crime novel, Benjamin Black returns us to the dark, mesmerising world of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and his singular detective Philip Marlowe; one of the most iconic and enduringly popular detectives in crime fiction.

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Holy Orders Quirke Mysteries Book 6

Holy Orders Quirke Mysteries Book 6

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

She looked at him and smiled sadly. 'You've lived too long among the dead, Quirke,' she said. He nodded. 'Yes, I suppose I have.' She was not the first one to have told him that, and she would not be the last. 1950s Dublin. When a body is found in the canal, pathologist Quirke and his detective friend Inspector Hackett must find the truth behind this brutal murder. But in a world where the police are not trusted and secrets often remain buried there is perhaps little hope of bringing the perpetrator to justice. As spring storms descend on Dublin, Quirke and Hackett's investigation will lead them into the dark heart of the organisation that really runs this troubled city: the church. Meanwhile Quirke's daughter Phoebe realises she is being followed; and when Quirke's terrible childhood in a priest-run orphanage returns to haunt him, he will face his greatest trial yet ...

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The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel

The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Maybe it was time I forgot about Nico Peterson, and his sister, and the Cahuilla Club, and Clare Cavendish. Clare? The rest would be easy to put out of my mind, but not the black-eyed blonde ...It is the early 1950s. In Los Angeles, Private Detective Philip Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client arrives: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, Clare Cavendish wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Soon Marlowe will find himself not only under the spell of the Black-Eyed Blonde; but tangling with one of Bay City's richest families -- and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune ...In this gripping and deeply evocative crime novel, Benjamin Black returns us to the dark, mesmerising world of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and his singular detective Philip Marlowe; one of the most iconic and enduringly popular detectives in crime fiction.

Other books by Benjamin Black

Alchimie einer Mordnacht

Alchimie einer Mordnacht

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2018

Ein spannender und kenntnisreicher Krimi um den exzentrischen Kaiser Rudolf II. Christian Stern, unehelicher Sohn des Bischofs von Regensburg, kommt im Winter 1599 nach Prag, um dort sein Glck zu machen. Doch gleich in der ersten Nacht findet er die Leiche eines Mdchens. Christian wird zum Ermittler wider Willen. Winter 1599: Christian Stern, ein ehrgeiziger junger Gelehrter und Alchimist, will am Hof des paranoiden und unberechenbaren Habsburgers Rudolf II Karriere machen. Doch schon in der ersten Nacht findet er die Leiche einer jungen Frau, Magdalena, gerade erst 16 Jahre alt, in einer Gasse gleich neben dem Schloss. Ihr wurde die Kehle durchgeschnitten, sie trgt ein Samtkleid und ein goldenes Medaillon und ist ganz offenbar von edler Herkunft. Christian gert in Verdacht - und in den Bannkreis skrupelloser Hflinge, die durch finstere Machenschaften versuchen, sich Vorteile zu verschaffen. Bald zieht Christian die Aufmerksamkeit des Kaisers selbst auf sich. Doch mit der kaiserlichen Gunst wchst die Furcht, dass es in diesem Rnkespiel auch um sein eigenes Leben gehen knnte. "e;Das groe Lesevergngen besteht im Heraufbeschwren von Prag als einer Stadt der Maskierung und des Scheins."e; The Guardian

Prague Nights

Prague Nights

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

'The emperor's mistress had been murdered, and the world had been taken hold of and turned upon its head' Prague, 1599. Christian Stern, a young doctor, has just arrived in the city. On his first evening, he finds a young woman's body half-buried in the snow. The dead woman is none other than the emperor's mistress, and there's no shortage of suspects. Stern is employed by the emperor himself to investigate the murder. In the search to find the culprit, Stern finds himself drawn into the shadowy world of the emperor's court - unspoken affairs, letters written in code, and bitter rivalries. But there's no turning back now...

Tod im Sommer

Tod im Sommer

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2016

Ein atmospharisch dichter Krimi aus dem Dublin der 50er-JahreDer sagenhaft reiche Zeitungsverleger Richard Jewell wird tot mit einer Schrotflinte in seinen blutigen Hnden am Schreibtisch aufgefunden. Hat er sich selbst erschossen, oder war es Mord? Und was haben das Waisenhaus, in dem er oft verkehrte, und die mysterisen Gnner damit zu tun? Inspector Hackett und Quirke ermitteln. Es sieht nach Selbstmord aus, doch Inspector Hackett und Gerichtsmediziner Quirke halten es fr unmglich, dass sich jemand mit einer Schrotflinte erschiet und das Gewehr danach noch in Hnden hlt. Warum reagiert die attraktive, aber mysterise franzsische Gattin des Verlegers so ungerhrt, und was ist mit der krisenanflligen Schwester los? Die Ermittlungen fhren ins Waisenhaus St. Christopher's, in dem Quirke als Kind lebte. War Jewell dort wirklich Mzen oder verfolgte er ganz andere Interessen als soziales Engagement?"e;Ein fesselnder Plot, leidenschaftliche Charaktere und eine groartige Kulisse"e; The Times

Even the Dead A Quirke Mystery

Even the Dead A Quirke Mystery

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

NO CRIME IS EVER TRULY BURIED... Visceral, gritty and cinematic, Even the Dead is the latest stylish thriller from John Banville's crime-writing alter ego, Benjamin Black. Pathologist Quirke works in the city morgue, watching over Dublin's dead. The latest to join their ghostly ranks is a suicide. But something doesn't add up. The victim has a suspicious head wound, and the only witness has vanished, every trace of her wiped away. On the trail of the missing woman, Quirke finds himself drawn into the shadowy world of Dublin's elite - secret societies, High Church politics and corrupt politicians. It leads him to a long-buried conspiracy that involves his own family. But it's too late to go back now... THE DEAD WILL BE HEARD 'Fresh and original' Guardian 'Warm, sensitive, psychologically acute characterisation' Indepedent on Sunday 'Quirke is human enough to swell the hardest of hearts' GQ 'A beach read for the brainy' LA Times 'Superb' Irish Times 'Beautifully written' Literary review 'Ravishing prose' Independent

Even the Dead

Even the Dead

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2016

A suspicious death, a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing: Quirke's latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foePerhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long. Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumor. A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating; all that's needed, the doctor declares, is an extended rest. But Quirke, ever intent on finding his place among the living, is not about to retire. One night during a June heat wave, a car crashes into a tree in central Dublin and bursts into flames. The police assume the driver's death was either an accident or a suicide, but Quirke's examination of the body leads him to believe otherwise. Then his daughter Phoebe gets a mysterious visit from an acquaintance: the woman, who admits to being pregnant, says she fears for her life, though she won't say why. When the woman later disappears, Phoebe asks her father for help, and Quirke in turn seeks the assistance of his old friend Inspector Hackett. Before long the two men find themselves untangling a twisted string of events that takes them deep into a shadowy world where one of the city's most powerful men uses the cover of politics and religion to make obscene profits. Even the Dead--Benjamin Black's seventh novel featuring the endlessly fascinating Quirke--is a story of surpassing intensity and surprising beauty.

Die Blonde mit den schwarzen Augen

Die Blonde mit den schwarzen Augen

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 02/04/2015

"e;Als wurde ein alter, tot geglaubter Freund plotzlich den Raum betreten"e; Stephen KingIn diesem packenden Roman erweckt John Banville alias Benjamin Black den berhmtesten Privatdetektiv der Weltliteratur, Philip Marlowe, wieder zum Leben. Eine meisterliche Mimikry, die Krimifans auf der ganzen Welt begeistert. Der Meister ist zurck. Los Angeles in den frhen Fnfzigerjahren. Philip Marlowe, Privatdetektiv, ist so ruhelos und einsam wie eh und je. Die Geschfte laufen eher schlecht, da trifft es sich gut, dass eine neue Klientin sein Bro betritt: jung, wunderschn, gut gekleidet. Clare Cavendish will, dass Marlowe ihren Liebhaber findet, Nico Petersen, der pltzlich wie vom Erdboden verschluckt ist. Bald verfllt Marlowe dem Charme der schwarzugigen Blonden und findet sich in einem Fall wieder, der ihn in die Welt einer der reichsten Familien der Gegend fhrt. Die wiederum wrde offenbar alles dafr tun, um diesen Reichtum zu verteidigen, und schreckt dabei vor nichts zurck ... "e;Ein erstklassiger Noir. Es ist bemerkenswert, wie frisch sich das Buch liest, dabei hlt es sich eng an die literarischen Vorgaben. Black hat den Nagel auf den Kopf getroffen."e; New York Times"e;Absolut unwiderstehlich"e; The Guardian

The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel

The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2015

Maybe it was time I forgot about Nico Peterson, and his sister, and the Cahuilla Club, and Clare Cavendish. Clare? The rest would be easy to put out of my mind, but not the black-eyed blonde ...It is the early 1950s. In Los Angeles, Private Detective Philip Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client arrives: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, Clare Cavendish wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Soon Marlowe will find himself not only under the spell of the Black-Eyed Blonde; but tangling with one of Bay City's richest families - and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune ...In this gripping and deeply evocative crime novel, Benjamin Black returns us to the dark, mesmerising world of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and his singular detective Philip Marlowe; one of the most iconic and enduringly popular detectives in crime fiction.

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Holy Orders Quirke Mysteries Book 6

Holy Orders Quirke Mysteries Book 6

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

She looked at him and smiled sadly. 'You've lived too long among the dead, Quirke,' she said. He nodded. 'Yes, I suppose I have.' She was not the first one to have told him that, and she would not be the last. 1950s Dublin. When a body is found in the canal, pathologist Quirke and his detective friend Inspector Hackett must find the truth behind this brutal murder. But in a world where the police are not trusted and secrets often remain buried there is perhaps little hope of bringing the perpetrator to justice. As spring storms descend on Dublin, Quirke and Hackett's investigation will lead them into the dark heart of the organisation that really runs this troubled city: the church. Meanwhile Quirke's daughter Phoebe realises she is being followed; and when Quirke's terrible childhood in a priest-run orphanage returns to haunt him, he will face his greatest trial yet ...

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Black-Eyed Blonde

Black-Eyed Blonde

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 04/03/2014

Raymond Chandler's incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career"e;It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it's being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere."e;So begins The Black-Eyed Blonde, a new novel featuring Philip Marlowe-yes, that Philip Marlowe. Channeling Raymond Chandler, Benjamin Black has brought Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the mean streets of Bay City, California. It is the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client is shown in: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, she wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson's disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City's richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune.Only Benjamin Black, a modern master of the genre, could write a new Philip Marlowe novel that has all the panache and charm of the originals while delivering a story that is as sharp and fresh as today's best crime fiction.

The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel

The Black Eyed Blonde A Philip Marlowe Novel

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Maybe it was time I forgot about Nico Peterson, and his sister, and the Cahuilla Club, and Clare Cavendish. Clare? The rest would be easy to put out of my mind, but not the black-eyed blonde ...It is the early 1950s. In Los Angeles, Private Detective Philip Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client arrives: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, Clare Cavendish wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Soon Marlowe will find himself not only under the spell of the Black-Eyed Blonde; but tangling with one of Bay City's richest families -- and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune ...In this gripping and deeply evocative crime novel, Benjamin Black returns us to the dark, mesmerising world of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and his singular detective Philip Marlowe; one of the most iconic and enduringly popular detectives in crime fiction.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2013

When the body of his daughter's friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish Church and State."e;At first they thought it was the body of a child. Later, when they got it out of the water and saw the pubic hair and the nicotine stains on the fingers, they realized their mistake."e;So begins the latest Quirke case, a story set in Dublin at a moment when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because in 1950s Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke's daughter Phoebe loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church's rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy's death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.Haunting, fierce, and brilliantly plotted, Holy Orders is Benjamin Black writing at the top of his form. His inimitable creation, the endlessly curious Quirke, brings a pathologist's unique understanding of death to unlock the most dangerous of secrets.

Elegy for April Quirke Mysteries Book 3

Elegy for April Quirke Mysteries Book 3

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2013

Now a major TV series: Quirke starring Gabriel Byrne and Colin Morgan and written by Conor McPherson 1950s Ireland. As a deep, bewildering fog cloaks Dublin, a young woman is found to have vanished. When Phoebe Griffin, still haunted by the horrors of her past, is unable to discover news of her friend; Quirke, fresh from drying out in an institution, responds to his daughter's request for help. But as Phoebe, Quirke and Inspector Hackett speak with those who knew April, they begin to realise that there may have been more behind the young woman's discretion and secrecy than they could have imagined. Why was April so estranged from her family? What is her close-knit circle of friends hiding? And who is the shadowy figure who seems to be watching Phoebe's flat at night, through the frozen mists? As Quirke finds himself distracted from his sobriety by a beautiful young actress, Phoebe watches helplessly as April's family hush up her disappearance, and all possible leads seem to dry up, bar one she cannot bear to contemplate. But when Quirke makes a disturbing discovery, he is finally able to begin unravelling the great, complex web of love, lies, jealousy and dark secrets that April spun her life from . . . `Quirke is an endearing hero . . . A beguiling read' The Times `Vivid and compelling' Marie Claire

Eine Frau verschwindet

Eine Frau verschwindet

Author: Benjamin Black, John Banville Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2012

Ein fesselnder und spannender Whodunit"e; Publishers WeeklyDie junge rztin April ist verschwunden. Ihre Freunde machen sich Sorgen, denn es sieht ihr so gar nicht hnlich, sich tagelang nicht zu melden. Ist April etwas zugestoen?Whrend der Pathologe Quirke, der bereits in den ersten beiden Kriminalromanen von Benjamin Black die Hauptrolle spielte, nach einer Alkohol-Entziehungskur versucht, wieder Fu zu fassen, macht sich seine Tochter Phoebe groe Sorgen: Ihre Freundin April ist pltzlich wie vom Erdboden verschluckt. April wrde nie verreisen, ohne Phoebe Bescheid zu sagen, und so bittet sie ihren Vater, sich der Sache anzunehmen. Gemeinsam mit Inspector Hackett nimmt er die Ermittlungen auf.In Aprils Wohnung finden sie Blut, das von einer Abtreibung stammt. Phoebe war immer davon ausgegangen, dass ihre Freundin, wie sie, keinen Freund hatte. Im Verlauf der Ermittlungen muss sie feststellen, dass sie viele intime Details aus dem Leben ihrer Freundin nicht kannte. "e;Der Krimi ist genauso gut oder sogar besser als alle Romane, die der Autor unter seinem Namen John Banville geschrieben hat. Ein hervorragend konstruierter Roman, der noch lange nachwirkt."e; Daily Telegraph"e;Quirke ist ein liebenswerter Held, und das Dublin der 50er-Jahre wird mit einem genauen und nostalgischen Blick heraufbeschworen."e; The TimesBlacks Beschreibung einer fragilen Vater-Tochter-Beziehung ist so berzeugend wie die beunruhigende Wahrheit hinter Aprils Verschwinden."e; Publishers Weekly

Der silberne Schwan

Der silberne Schwan

Author: Benjamin Black, John Banville Format: eBook Release Date: 15/02/2012

"e;Man erliegt dem zwielichtigen Charme Nachkriegs-Dublins und riecht formlich den Zigarettenrauch und das irische Bier."e; Times Literary Supplement Der unnachahmliche Quirke kehrt zuruck - in einem neuen Roman von John Banville alias Benjamin Black, in dem der Pathologe durch einen dubiosen Selbstmord in einen Strudel von Gefahren und Tauschungen gerat."e;Von einer Qualitat, die in diesem Genre selten ist."e; The HeraldDublin, 50er Jahre. Als Billy Hunt, ein Freund aus Collegetagen, sich bei Quirke meldet, weil sich seine junge und hubsche Frau Deirdre angeblich das Leben genommen hat, kann Quirke den Arger schon von Weitem riechen. Quirke, Pathologe und ehemaliger Trinker, ist jedoch kein Mann, der Problemen gerne aus dem Weg geht, und so ermittelt er auf eigene Faust. Deirdre, Besitzerin des Schonheitssalons "e;Der silberne Schwan"e; ist ermordet worden, und in Betracht kommen vor allem ihr Geliebter und Partner Leslie White, ein schmieriger Friseur, der es nach Deirdres Tod auf Quirkes Tochter abgesehen hat, sowie der seltsame Geistheiler Dr. Kreutz, den vor allem Frauen aufsuchen.Angetrieben von der eigenen Einsamkeit, dem schlechten Verhaltnis zu seiner Tochter und von einer unstillbaren Neugier wird Quirke in einen Skandal hineingezogen, in dem sexuelle Obsessionen, Pruderie und Erpressung eine Rolle spielen."e;Ein fesselnder, atmospharisch dichter Roman, wunderschon geschrieben."e; Guardian

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