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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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By Judith on 04-21-16
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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By Celt on 02-29-16
Incredibly well written
This was, to me, a relief in that I had lowered my expectations that the brilliant incognito writer might... well... just mail this one in. Thankfully I was wrong. Totally enjoyable but there is one character that gnaws at my ears and I'm sure most listeners will agree. Highly recommend if you liked any of the earlier books.
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