Vengeance - Quirke, Bk 5 Author:Benjamin Black A bizarre suicide leads to a scandal and then still more blood, as one of our most brilliant crime novelists reveals a world where money and sex trump everything — It's a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye, one of Ireland's most successful businessmen, takes his boat far out to sea. With him is his partner's son—who become... more »s the sole witness when Delahaye produces a pistol, points it at his own chest, and fires.
This mysterious death immediately engages the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett, who in turn calls upon the services of his sometime partner Quirke, consultant pathologist at the Hospital of the Holy Family. The stakes are high: Delahaye's prominence in business circles means that Hackett and Quirke must proceed very carefully. Among others, they interview Mona Delahaye, the dead man's young and very beautiful wife; James and Jonas Delahaye, his identical twin sons; and Jack Clancy, his ambitious, womanizing partner. But then a second death occurs, this one even more shocking than the first, and quickly it becomes apparent that a terrible secret threatens to destroy the lives and reputations of several members of Dublin's elite.
Why did Victor Delahaye kill himself, and who is intent upon wreaking vengeance on so many of those who knew him?« less
The enigmatic Dr. Quirke is back, as stubborn and curious as ever, with his bottomless need to set the world to rights when his own life is in such shambles. In this volume, he and Inspector Hackett poke around the unusual suicide of a wealthy and admired businessman (not a spoiler, it happens on the opening pages). No evil Catholic priests or sexual perversity in this, Book 5 of the series, just odd families and corporate chicanery. The mystery is unraveled in the midst of the author's amazingly poetic descriptions of 1950s Dublin and insight into human nature and the soul of the Irish. (Benjamin Black is a pseudonym for Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville.)