Garret Quirke, the author's irritable, alcoholic Dublin pathologist, is trying not to enjoy a holiday in Spain when he notices a woman he thought was murdered years ago. April Latimer had been a close friend of Quirke's daughter, but he had only seen her once before on a boozy night in Ireland. April's brother confessed to killing her and concealing her body before he committed suicide. The potential scandal posed a threat to the political career of their influential uncle. Quirke summons his daughter to verify his suspicion that the woman, who now calls herself Angela Lawless, is really her supposedly dead friend. Powerful people, however, are determined that April Latimer remains dead--one way or another. This literate mystery is as irresistible as a chilled glass of txakoli, a local wine that even the cranky Dr. Quirke admits is delightful. — Alden Graves
Booker Prize winner John Banville returns with a dark and evocative new mystery set on the Spanish coast
Don't disturb the dead...
On the idyllic coast of San Sebastian, Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke is struggling to relax, despite the beaches, caf's and the company of his disarmingly lovely wife. When he glimpses a familiar face in the twilight at Las Acadas bar, it's hard at first to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him.
Because this young woman can't be April Latimer. She was murdered by her brother, years ago--the conclusion to an unspeakable scandal that shook one of Ireland's foremost political dynasties.
Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home to Ireland and soon Detective St. John Strafford is dispatched to Spain. But he's not the only one en route. A relentless hit man is on the hunt for his latest prey, and the next victim might be Quirke himself.
Sumptous, propulsive and utterly transporting, April in Spain is the work of a master writer at the top of his game.