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On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell—known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick—is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.
Jewell's coolly elegant French wife, Françoise, seems less than shocked by her husband's death. But Dannie, Jewell's high-strung sister, is devastated, and Quirke is surprised to learn that in her grief she has turned to an unexpected friend: David Sinclair, Quirke's ambitious assistant in the pathology lab at the Hospital of the Holy Family. Further, Sinclair has been seeing Quirke's fractious daughter, Phoebe, and an unlikely romance is blossoming between the two.
As a record heat wave envelops the city and the secret deals underpinning Diamond Dick's empire begin to be revealed, Quirke and Hackett find themselves caught up in a dark web of intrigue and violence that threatens to end in disaster.
In this tightly plotted and gorgeously written novel, the brilliant but sometimes reckless Quirke learns that, in a city where old money and the right bloodlines rule, he is by no means safe from mortal danger.
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By Aun Aprendiendo on 07-12-11
Bought and enjoyed the previous Dr. Quirk books, esp. Christine Falls, but having a hard time with this due to the change in narrator. The cadence gets very tiresome, and the "acting", if you can call it that, isn't good. The character of Dr. Quirk is entirely different. Too bad.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Ruth on 08-10-11
agree with "disappointing" based on narrator
here is one of those unfortunate situations where the book may be wonderful but the narrator doesn't work with the book. i've listened to john keating's narrations before and don't recall him getting in the way of the story. i could only listen for 5 or 6 minutes. will try again. but this pairing doesn't work. have no idea why not. wish it could be redone with Timothy Dalton. perhaps its a case of changing narrators in the middle of a series.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful