Elegy for April
A NovelBook - 2010
Quirke--the hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist--is back, and he's determined to find his daughter's best friend, a well-connected young doctor
April Latimer has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional.
Now April has disappeared, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Frantic, Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. In their separate ways the two men follow April's trail through some of the darker byways of the city to uncover crucial information on her whereabouts. And as Quirke becomes deeply involved in April's murky story, he encounters complicated and ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred.
Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of the difficult and relentless love between a father and his daughter, this is Benjamin Black at his sparkling best.
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When her usual daily contact with April Latimer abruptly stops, Phoebe Quirke turns for help to her father, a pathologist at the same Dublin hospital where April has been a junior doctor. Her iconoclastic father, Quirke, enlists the assistance of his long-time associate, Police Inspector Hackett, and in their investigation they unearth long kep secrets of one of 1950s Ireland's most pretigious families. Soaked in fog, alcohol and twisted Catholic guilt, Black's beautiful language sets this apart from more pedestrian suspense novels. Call it literature -- Black is the pseudonym of Booker prize-winner John Banville.
Third in Dr. Quirke series. Dr. Quirke is just out of drying-out hospital. His daughter, Phoebe, is concerned about her friend April Latimer, whom she hasnt heard from for 2 weeks, nor has their circle of friends. April is a junior doctor (intern?) and a member of an influential family in Dublin, in government & medicine. Quirke & Det. Hackett start to suspect family is involved in her disappearance. African man may or may not be involved with April romantically, he is in circle of friends. This is 1950's setting.
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