Christine Falls: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Benjamin Black

Narrated By: Timothy Dalton

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: March 2007

Duration: 9 hours 35 minutes

Summary:

It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse-and concealing the cause of death. It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious-and very well-guarded-secrets of Dublin's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family. Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize winner John Banville's fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black's debut marks him as a true master of the form.

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  • Marie R

    Timothy Dalton's narration is wonderful, but this book lost me in the final act. What starts out as a compelling plot and interest characters missteps toward the end and the last ~hour or two of listening struck me as being the author artificially contriving to prolong the narration, rather than natural action of the plot. I'd been on the hook for following books but now I don't think I'll continue.