• Entre polar d´atmosphère et thriller psychologique, une intrigue hitchkockienne impossible à lâcher.Bienvenue dans le Dublin des années 1950, toujours plus noir, de Benjamin Black (alias le grand John Banville) et de son double, l´irascible et irrésistible Quirke... Dans la société dublinoise conservatrice, patriarcale et ultracatholique des années 1950, April Latimer, jeune interne en médecine, laisse dans son sillage comme un parfum de scandale. Rebelle, indépendante, avec un goût pour les hommes décidément peu conventionnel. Quand Phoebe Griffin, sa meilleure amie, découvre qu´elle a disparu depuis une semaine, elle redoute le pire... et va demander à son père, le brillant mais imprévisible Quirke, médecin légiste qui a la réputation de fouiner un peu trop dans les affaires des autres, de l´aider à retrouver la trace d´April.

    De nouveau sobre après une intense (et énième) cure de désintoxication, Quirke va suivre Phoebe dans sa quête, et se retrouver impliqué jusqu´au cou dans l´histoire de la jeune femme disparue. Une histoire trouble, qui lève le voile sur de terribles vérités où il est question de sauvagerie familiale, de cruauté religieuse et de haine raciale.

  • Depuis sa précédente enquête (Les Disparus de Dublin), Quirke a perdu Sarah, l'amour de sa vie, son père est mourant, il est quasiment brouillé avec Phoebe, sa fille unique. Et il a arrêté de boire. Pour le reste, il est toujours aussi maladroit et bourru, coincé dans son énorme carcasse de grand dur au coeur (presque) tendre. Et cette fois encore, les ennuis vont lui tomber dessus sans qu'il les ait cherchés. Alors qu'il travaille dans son antre, à la morgue du Holy Family Hospital, Billy Hunt, un vieux copain de fac (pas si copain que ça, en réalité), le contacte, éploré : Deirdre, sa femme, s'est jetée du haut d'une falaise dans la baie de Dublin. Et Hunt supplie Quirke de ne pas pratiquer d'autopsie : imaginer sa ravissante épouse découpée en morceaux lui fend le coeur. Évidemment, Quirke est obligé de pratiquer cette autopsie, durant laquelle il découvre que la jeune femme n'est pas du tout morte noyée (elle n'a pas d'eau dans les poumons), mais d'une overdose de morphine... Pourtant, le légiste va laisser classer l'affaire comme un suicide.
    En restera-t-il là pour autant ? Bien sûr que non. D'abord parce que, commençant à fureter dans le passé de la victime, Quirke découvre qu'elle avait une double vie, une double identité, entourée de personnages aussi troubles que les circonstances de sa mort. Ensuite parce que Phoebe en vient à être impliquée dans l'affaire. Impliquée et probablement en danger...
    L'enquête de Quirke alterne avec le récit du passé de Deirdre et plonge le lecteur dans un Dublin des années 1950 envoûtant, l'entraînant dans une intrigue digne des meilleurs films noirs américains. Et puis il y a les liens, sombres et complexes, entre les personnages, leurs conflits irrésolus, leurs zones d'ombre, leurs désirs refoulés... Et là, Banville/Black s'impose comme un véritable maître du polar d'atmosphère.

  • Quand un grand écrivain ? John Banville, Booker Prize 2005 pour La Mer ? se lance dans le roman noir sous le nom de Benjamin Black, cela donne un des policiers les plus excitants de ces dernières années. Dublin, années 1950. Quirke, médecin légiste et handicapé du coeur qui noie ses questionnements dans la bière et le whisky, découvre un soir son beau-frère assis à son bureau, à la morgue. Ce dernier, surpris et visiblement gêné, dissimule à la hâte un dossier ? en réalité l'acte de décès d'une jeune femme qu'il était en train de falsifier. Quirke entr'aperçoit le cadavre. Le lendemain, quand il revient à son bureau, le dossier a disparu, le corps s'est envolé... Et voilà Quirke embarqué dans une enquête qui va dynamiter la haute société catholique de Dublin. Et gangrener l'âme de sa propre famille, réveillant ses tourments les plus enfouis...

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    Vengeance

    Benjamin Black

    Un roman aussi noir qu'élégant, par le maître du genre, John Banville, alias Benjamin Black. Victor Delahaye, patron d'une très prospère société dublinoise, emmène le fils de son associé faire un tour en mer. Une fois au large, le jeune Davy Clancy assiste, impuissant, au suicide de Delahaye, qui se tire une balle dans le coeur. Ce drame attire l'attention de l'inspecteur Hackett et de son ami, le médecin légiste Quirke. Les Delahaye et les Clancy sont rivaux depuis des générations et, lorsque tombe une seconde victime, Quirke ne doute plus que de terribles secrets se cachent au sein de ces deux familles. Dans un monde hanté par la jalousie, l'orgueil et l'ambition, les apparences peuvent être trompeuses... Avec Vengeance, le Booker Prize 2005, styliste hors pair, poursuit en virtuose son hommage au roman noir.

  • Maybe it was time I forgot about Nico Peterson, and his sister, and the Cahuilla Club, and Clare Cavendish. Clare? The rest would be easy to put out of my mind, but not the black-eyed blonde . . . It is the early 1950s. In Los Angeles, Private Detective Philip Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client arrives: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, Clare Cavendish wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Soon Marlowe will find himself not only under the spell of the Black-Eyed Blonde; but tangling with one of Bay City's richest families - and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune . . . In this gripping and deeply evocative crime novel, Benjamin Black returns us to the dark, mesmerising world of Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and his singular detective Philip Marlowe; one of the most iconic and enduringly popular detectives in crime fiction.

  • Anglais Vengeance

    Benjamin Black

    Why would suicide need a witness? On the east coast of Ireland, Victor Delahaye, one of the country's most prominent citizens, takes his business partner's son out sailing. But once at sea, Davy Clancy is horrified to witness Delahaye take out a gun and shoot himself dead. This strange event captures the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett and his friend Pathologist Doctor Quirke. The Delahayes and Clancys have been rivals for generations and the suicide lays bare the perplexing characters at the heart of the mystery, from Mona, Delahaye's toxic young widow, to Jonas and James, his strange, enigmatic twin sons; and Jack Clancy, his down-trodden, womanizing partner. And when a second death occurs, one even more shocking than the first, Quirke begins to realise that terrible secrets lie buried within these entangled families; and that in this world of jealousy, ruthless ambition and pride - nothing is quite as it seems . . .

  • Two victims - one dead, one missing. Even the Dead is a visceral, gritty and cinematic thriller from Benjamin Black Every web has a spider sitting at the centre of it.

    Pathologist Quirke is back working in the city morgue, watching over Dublin's dead. When a body is found in a burnt-out car, Quirke is called in to verify the apparent suicide of an up-and-coming civil servant. But Quirke can't shake a suspicion of foul play.

    The only witness has vanished, every trace of her wiped away. Piecing together her disappearance, Quirke finds himself drawn into the shadowy world of Dublin's elite - secret societies and high church politics, corrupt politicians and men with money to lose. When the trail eventually leads to Quirke's own family, the past and present collide. But crimes of the past are supposed to stay hidden, and Quirke has shaken the web.

    Now he must wait to see what comes running out.

    'Addiction, morbid sexual obsession, blackmail and murder, as well as prose as crisp as a winter's morning by the Liffey . . . Quirke is human enough to swell the hardest of hearts' GQ 'Quirke is an endearing hero and the Dublin of the 1950s - wet, cold, foggy, sinister - is evoked with harsh realism and nostalgia' The Times 'A requiem for a cursed city, its inhabitants' inner lives doomed to remain as locked away, unhappy and unknowable as whatever lies buried' Metro Benjamin Black is the pen name of acclaimed author John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fifteen novels, including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. In 2011 he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, in 2013 he was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and in 2014 he won the Prince of Asturias Award, Spain's most important literary prize. He lives in Dublin. Even the Dead is the seventh book in Benjamin Black's Quirke series.

  • 'The emperor's mistress had been murdered, and the world had been taken hold of and turned upon its head' Prague, 1599. Christian Stern, a young doctor, has just arrived in the city. On his first evening, he finds a young woman's body half-buried in the snow.The dead woman is none other than the emperor's mistress, and there's no shortage of suspects. Stern is employed by the emperor himself to investigate the murder. In the search to find the culprit, Stern finds himself drawn into the shadowy world of the emperor's court - unspoken affairs, letters written in code, and bitter rivalries. But there's no turning back now...

  • Dublin, 1952. Dirk Jewell, le propriétaire du Daily Clarion, quotidien de la ville, est retrouvé mort chez lui, un fusil dans les mains et la moitié de la tête emportée. L'homme était richissime, très influent, redouté, peu populaire, marié et père d'une

  • Evénement dans le monde du roman noir : Benjamin Black fait revivre Marlowe, comme s'il sortait de la plume de Raymond Chandler.

    Nous sommes au début des années 1950, Philip Marlowe est en petite forme, business et moral en berne, lorsqu'un nouveau client pousse sa porte : une jeune femme, belle, richement vêtue. Clare Cavendish, héritière d'une des familles les plus fortunées de Bay City, Californie, veut engager le détective pour retrouver son amant, officiellement disparu dans un accident de voiture deux mois plus tôt. Marlowe ronchonne mais accepte, évidemment - Clare Cavendish est incroyablement séduisante. Et c'est le début de ses ennuis...
    Un pari littéraire sous forme d'hommage parfaitement réussi : seul John Banville, alias Benjamin Black, maître du genre et styliste hors pair, pouvait le tenter et le relever avec autant de brio et de naturel.

    " J'ai adoré ce livre. C'était comme voir un vieil ami que l'on croyait mort entrer dans la pièce. " Stephen King

  • Anglais Elegy for April

    Black Benjamin

    1950's Ireland. As a deep, bewildering fog cloaks Dublin, a young woman is found to have vanished. When Phoebe Griffin, still haunted by the horrors of her past, is unable to discover news of her friend; Quirke, fresh from drying out in an institution, responds to his daughter's request for help. But as Phoebe, Quirke and Inspector Hackett speak with those who knew April, they begin to realise that there may have been more behind the young woman's discretion and secrecy than they could have imagined. And while Quirke finds himself distracted from his sobriety by a beautiful young actress, Phoebe watches helplessly as April's family hush up her disappearance, terrified of a scandal; and all possible leads seem to dry up, bar one she cannot bear to contemplate . . . When Quirke eventually makes a disturbing discovery, he is finally able to begin unravelling the great, complex web of love, lies, jealousy and dark secrets that April spun her life from . . .

  • Anglais Death in Summer

    Black Benjamin

    When newspaper magnate Richard Jewell is found dead at his country estate, clutching a shotgun in his lifeless hands, few see his demise as cause for sorrow. But before long Doctor Quirke and Inspector Hackett realise that, rather than the suspected suicide, ‘Diamond Dick’ has in fact been murdered. Suspicion soon falls on one of Jewell’s biggest rivals. But as Quirke and his assistant Sinclair get to know Jewell's beautiful, enigmatic wife Françoise d’Aubigny, and his fragile sister Dannie, as well as those who work for the family, it gradually becomes clear that all is not as it seems . . . Against the backdrop of 1950's Dublin, Benjamin Black conjures another atmospheric, beguiling mystery.

  • Anglais Silver Swan

    Black Benjamin

    Time has moved on for Quirke, the worldweary pathologist first encountered in Christine Falls. It is the middle of the 1950s, that low, dishonourable decade; a woman he loved has died, a man he once admired is dying, while the daughter he for so long denied is still finding it hard to accept him as her father. When an old acquaintance approaches him about his wifes apparent suicide, Quirke recognizes trouble but, as always, trouble is something he cannot resist. Drug addiction, morbid sexual obsession, blackmail and murder, as well as prose as crisp as a winters morning by the Liffey . . . Quirke is human enough to swell the hardest of hearts GQ A neat whodunit plot and a delightful command of suspense Independent on Sunday The death of Michael Dibdin left a huge hole in crime fiction. Black and Quirke are filling that gap with this wholly gripping account for the shady, priestridden and blithely corrupt society of midtwentiethcentury Dublin Daily Mail A romp of a read, a compelling fix Scotsman Dublins clammy atmosphere and its oppressive social and religious mores are a convincing backdrop to a moving drama conveyed by a master writer The Times

  • Anglais Christine Falls

    Black Benjamin

    Quirkes pathology department, set deep beneath the city, is his own gloomy realm: always quiet, always night, and always under his control. Until late one evening after a party he stumbles across a body that should not be there and his brotherinlaw falsifying the corpses cause of death. This is the first time Quirke has encountered Christine Falls, but the investigation he decides to lead into the way she lived and died uncovers a dark secret at the heart of Dublins high Catholic network; one with the power to shake his own family and everything he holds dear. A superb stylist . . . His control and pacing cannot be faulted, and the final outcome is almost unbearably moving . . .Youre in for a treat Michael Dibdin, Guardian Succeeds sensationally . . . An absorbing plot, beguiling characters and evocative settings . . . His pacing is impeccable Marcel Berlins, The Times A gripping, beautifully crafted thriller . . . A one sittingread, an allnight enticement Scotsman

  • Anglais Lemur

    Black Benjamin

    William Big Bill Mulholland is an IrishAmerican electronics billionaire. An exCIA operative, he now heads up the Mulholland Trust, with the help of his daughter Louise. When he gets wind of a hostile biography planned for him by the investigative journalist Wilson Cleaver, he commissions his daughters husband, John Glass, to pen the official line. But Glasss young researcher tries to blackmail him, and Glass is horrified, fearing that his own secrets, as well as the Mulhollands, are at risk. He slings him off the project, only to hear from the NYPD that the man he has nicknamed the Lemur has been found fatally shot . . . Silence cannot be bought even by one of New Yorks wealthiest families. Riddled with explosive secrets, The Lemur is a brilliant contemporary thriller that sees Benjamin Black at the top of his game.

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