The Lock-Up (Hardcover)

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A young woman is found dead in her car in a closed garage. Pathologist Dr. Quirke isn't convinced that it is a case of suicide. Detective Inspector St. John Strafford agrees that Rosa Jacobs doesn't seem the type to take her own life. She was a vocal activist for women's rights and her pro-abortion commitment was not a popular one in Ireland. The possibility of a murder forces the two men to work together. The relationship is rocky because Quirke still blames Strafford for the death of his wife in Spain a year earlier. The investigation leads them to a fabulously wealthy German expatriate with a shadowy past, whose contributions to the Catholic Church warrants the intervention of the bishop in Dublin. This delightfully twisty novel manages to offer a compelling mystery told with a brilliantly polished literary flair. It is a worthy successor to Snow and April in Spain and that is high praise indeed.

Alden Graves


Booker Prize winner and "Irish master" (New Yorker) John Banville's most ambitious crime novel yet brings two detectives together to solve a globe-spanning mystery

In 1950s Dublin, Rosa Jacobs, a young history scholar, is found dead in her car. Renowned pathologist Dr. Quirke and DI St. John Strafford begin to investigate the death as a murder, but it's the victim's older sister Molly, an established journalist, who discovers a lead that could crack open the case.

One of Rosa's friends, it turns out, is from a powerful German family that arrived in Ireland under mysterious circumstances shortly after World War II. But as Quirke and Strafford close in, their personal lives may put the case--and everyone involved--in peril, including Quirke's own daughter.

Spanning the mountaintops of Italy, the front lines of World War II Bavaria, the gritty streets of Dublin and other unexpected locales, The Lock-Up is an ambitious and arresting mystery by one of the world's most celebrated authors.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781335449634
ISBN-10: 1335449639
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English