Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Memes: Even the Dead by Benjamin Black

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

One glorious morning in the middle of June it occurred to David Sinclair that he was in the wrong profession.
Friday 56:
They rarely spoke of personal matters, he and Hackett, and when they did, each one kept safely to his side of the invisible barrier between them. Their friendship, and Quirke could not think what else to call it, was of a special, and limited variety.
This week I am spotlighting a review book that just landed on my review stack. Even the Dead by Benjamin Black is the seventh novel in this literary mystery series. It is the first in the series that I've read. Here is the description from Amazon:
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.


  1. Just looking at the cover draws me in. Seems there will be a mystery and I love them.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  2. I like the way the synopsis describes the friendship between the two men. Seems like men are able to maintain lifelong "limited" friendships whereas women almost always go deeper. Sounds like this author knows a lot about human behavior.
    I think I'd like to get to know Quirke. (Love that name.)
    My Friday post features THE TIME IN BETWEEN.

  3. That one sounds like a good one. :)

    Friday Memes

  4. I've been wanting to try this series. This one sounds great, but I guess I should start with the first book. Hope you enjoy the read!

    My Book Beginning: A Mrs. Malory Mystery

  5. This one sounds good! I haven't heard of the author but I'm adding this book to my TBR.

  6. You have me piqued. Happy weekend!

  7. I like the beginning and the 56 and have a serious love affair for mystery/thriller books so this is definitely going on my TBR - great choice. Here's my Friday post

  8. The cover doesn't do much for me but the synopsis is really interesting. Have you started it?

    Our BB

  9. Looks like a good mystery and I like the idea of reading from the pathologists side of things!

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