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Publisher's Summary

When the body of his daughter’s friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish Church and State.
"At first they thought it was the body of a child. Later, when they got it out of the water and saw the pubic hair and the nicotine stains on the fingers, they realized their mistake."
So begins the latest Quirke case, a story set in Dublin at a moment when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because in 1950s Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke’s daughter, Phoebe, loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church’s rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy’s death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.
Haunting, fierce, and brilliantly plotted, Holy Orders is Benjamin Black writing at the top of his form. His inimitable creation, the endlessly curious Quirke, brings a pathologist’s unique understanding of death to unlock the most dangerous of secrets.
©2013 Benjamin Black (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 11-16-17

Is Benjamin Black ok?

This latest installation reminded me of when a new author takes over an established ones work. Regurgitating the back story is half the novel. And the new parts introduced are flimsy and with little consequence. Wait for the next book and all you would have missed is what happened to Jimmy Minor.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Keenan on 02-15-17

Loose story telling

If you could sum up Holy Orders in three words, what would they be?

Rambling, sluggish, uninspired.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No. It's really a couple of character studies told inside not-quite-a mystery.

Which scene was your favorite?

Phoebe, Sally and David having tea. John Keating was brilliant in developing and distinguishing all three characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Rain, rain, go away.

Any additional comments?

I'd listen to anything John Keating reads. He is a gifted actor.

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