Even the Dead : Quirke

  • by Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by John Keating
  • Series: Quirke
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A suspicious death, a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing: Quirke's latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foe.
Perhaps 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.

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Quirk resolves it all

Having read all the previous books, the strands of each story thread were neatly tied together for a satisfying end. Each character with unique virtues and flaws came alive in the pages of this series. If there is another, I will be in the line to get it.
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- Judith

My first book on Audible

An enjoyable experience. Keating does a great job with voices and accents. Having read several works by John Banville, as well as most of his Quirke series under the Benjamin Black pseudonym, I was not sure how how well Even the Dead would "play" on a recording. It was much better than expected and captured the dialogue and accents so well, along with the languid pacing, musings and the imagery of a smoke-filled atmosphere one expects from Black.
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- EveryContinent

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio