Well I think it is the best The most morally complex and finely nuanced of all the Quirke series Brilliant about the grit of the city like Chinatown and LA Confidential , the delicacy and fragility of love, and the pain and shock of family truths and secrets And Costigan looms like the devil in Tiger in the Smoke Absolutely brilliant A quiet book as Quirke ruminates about himself, his past and his family, reaching, this time, some sort of conclusion, a revelation, closure would be the modern term for it well I hope he has During the book Hackett and he investigate a murder rigged to look like suicide and revisit the events of Christine Falls an earlier book in the series No one is prosecuted for the murder but retribution taken satisfactorily. For those of you who, like me, have lived and smiled and nodded and immersed their way through the previous books in the series, the very existence of this novel will have come with a tremble of expectant pleasure You won t be disappointed The same Dublin, the same dark evenings, the same family with the same hang ups and imperfections The only disappointment is that the end comes too soon But then it was always going to, wasn t it But I live in hope Quirke s not dead yet Not yet But of course that WOULD be a disappointment And not just for him. One of my favourite of the Quirke books I think and sadly the last available at the moment, I do hope that are in the pipeline Quirke is recovering from what he thought was a brain tumour, but is probably the after effects of a battering he took in an earlier book He s been off the drink for a while, and he s in a different maybe better frame of mind, having also been away from work for a while But of course he gets dragged back into everything work, drink, family secrets and old enemies.For me, the Quirke books are not about the murders so much as the psychology of those who investigate it Quirke s outlook on life is endlessly fascinating He s such a dour, almost unlikable man, and yet he s so oddly confused by the world, he s compellingly endearing This time around, there are some happy bits Whether they will be sustained it would seem unlikely Unless this is the end of the series no, no, no Please come back Quirke, I want. An intriguing tale of a crime in 1950s Eire It is beautifully written and reflects the political intricacies of church and state prevailing at the time The human element is also there with the ongoing relationship between Quirke s daughter and his deputy and the detailed description of Inspector Hackett, Quirke s accomplice I am sure this will be enjoyed by all Quirke s fans. This book is a real treat to read provided i you have some knowledge of Ireland in the last 60 years or so, and ii you have read the previous Quirke novels, preferably in the order they were written. This was my first Quirke mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed the characterisation and evenly paced narrative The plot unfolded neatly in a well drawn environment and the leading protaganists were certainly intriguing Not quite worth a 5 star rating but a very satisfying example of its genre. It has been some time since I read any Quirke and this was, apart from the criminal structure, a sad and at times moving book with Banville s prose quality and evident I felt this might even by the last since many loose ends were quietly being resolved in his and his daughters life. Es w re eine Heptalogie Auf jeden Fall geht im dichten Gewebe von professioneller und privater Getriebenheit des Gerichtsmediziners Quirke kein Faden verloren, und dennoch l st sich alles Mehr zu verraten, hie e die Spannung preiszugeben Es empfiehlt sich freilich, so viel sei gesagt, zumindest den ersten Band der Reihe, Christine Falls , gelesen zu haben Wieder, oder noch immer, hat Quirke seinen Verb ndeten in der Polizei, Detective Inspector Hackett, an seiner Seite.Doch es gibt neue Menschen und berraschende Wendungen in der dicht beschriebenen erstickenden Enge von Dublin in den 1950er Jahren Ein sehr feines Buch mit einem zutiefst befriedigenden Ende. 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