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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

Der Lemur

Der Lemur

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2010

Nichts bleibt ungesuhnt. Der Multimilliardr und Ex-CIA-Agent William Big Bill Mulholland will seine Memoiren schreiben lassen. John Glass, ehemaliger Journalist und Mulhollands Schwiegersohn, nimmt den Auftrag nur widerwillig an. Er engagiert einen Detektiv, der Nachforschungen anstellen soll. Wenige Tage spter ist der Mann tot. Erschossen. Offenbar hatte jemand Interesse daran, gewisse Dinge geheim zu halten. Aber Schweigen kann man nicht kaufen - auch nicht, wenn man zu einer der reichsten Familien New Yorks zhlt Gerechterweise msste John Banville zu seinen zahlreichen Trophen bald auch den hchsten Krimipreis Grobritanniens zhlen drfen."e; (The Guardian)"e;Black schreibt wortgewaltig und stimmungsvoll - hinter diesem Pseudonym verbirgt sich schlielich John Banville - ein Meister der Beobachtung."e; (Time)"e;Diese Erzhlung vereint alles, wofr der Autor bekannt ist: trockenen Humor, eine spannungsgeladene Handlung und reizvolle Charaktere."e; (Publishers Weekly)"e;Man versinkt, staunt und verneigt sich schlielich in schaudernder Ehrfurcht vor dieser raffinierten, intellektuell aufgeladenen Variante eines Schwarze SeriePlots."e; (Park Avenue)

Elegy for April

Elegy for April

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2010

Quirke-the hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist-is back, and he's determined to find his daughter's best friend, a well-connected young doctorApril Latimer has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional.Now April has disappeared, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Frantic, Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. In their separate ways the two men follow April's trail through some of the darker byways of the city to uncover crucial information on her whereabouts. And as Quirke becomes deeply involved in April's murky story, he encounters complicated and ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred.Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of the difficult and relentless love between a father and his daughter, this is Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.

The Lemur

The Lemur

Author: Benjamin Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2009

`The Lemur has pace and bravado; the writing is sharp and the timing flawless while the prose, naturally, is brilliant' Time Out William `Big Bill' Mulholland is an Irish-American electronics billionaire. An ex-CIA operative, he now heads up the Mulholland Trust, with the help of his daughter Louise. When Mulholland gets wind of a hostile biography planned by journalist Wilson Cleaver, he commissions his daughter's husband, John Glass, to pen the official line. But neither he nor Glass had reckoned on the sinister services of `the Lemur'. It turns out that silence cannot be bought - even by one of New York's wealthiest dynasties . . . `The Lemur lives up to expectations. The writing is lighter and sleeker than his literary fiction but without any loss of his ability to perfectly describe situations and sensations. Engrossing reading' Irish Mail on Sunday `The Lemur displays an emotional poignancy that is present in both of Black's previous works' Independent on Sunday `What stands out is Black's portrayal of contemporary New York, its towers of steel and glass providing a glossy background for a tale in which no one is trusted. It's an edgy read, worthy of Don DeLillo' Evening Standard

Lemur

Lemur

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2008

When John Glass's billionaire father-in-law hires him to write his biography, he feels he can't refuse. Then his research assistant on the book discovers some very sensitive information about John's in-laws, and is murdered before he can tell anyone what he knows. John is on his own to find out the young man's secret, before the murderer finds him.

Christine Falls

Christine Falls

Author: Benjamin Black Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2007

It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse-and concealing the cause of death.It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious-and very well-guarded-secrets of Dublin's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family.Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize winner John Banville's fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black's debut marks him as a true master of the form.

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