One of The Chicago Tribune's Best Reads of 2011 One of Dublin's most powerful men meets a violent end-and an acknowledged master of crime fiction delivers his most gripping novel yet On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell-known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick-is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite. Jewell's coolly elegant French wife, Francoise, seems less than shocked by her husband's death. But Dannie, Jewell's high-strung sister, is devastated, and Quirke is surprised to learn that in her grief she has turned to an unexpected friend: David Sinclair, Quirke's ambitious assistant in the pathology lab at the Hospital of the Holy Family. Further, Sinclair has been seeing Quirke's fractious daughter Phoebe, and an unlikely romance is blossoming between the two. As a record heat wave envelops the city and the secret deals underpinning Diamond Dick's empire begin to be revealed, Quirke and Hackett find themselves caught up in a dark web of intrigue and violence that threatens to end in disaster. Tightly plotted and gorgeously written, A Death in Summer proves to the brilliant but sometimes reckless Quirke that in a city where old money and the right bloodlines rule, he is by no means safe from mortal danger.
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by Benjamin Black
by John Flanagan
by Joe Abercrombie
by Simon R. Green
by Thomas Locke
"The titular death begins this mystery: Ireland is caught in a heat wave when millionaire Richard Jewell meets his end with a gunshot wound to the head. Suicide? Murder? These questions pull the listener into a well-performed story. Narrator John Keating keeps a firm hold on a variety of characters and accents--from the not-so-grieving widow's French purr to the too-involved Detective Quirke's hard-edged brogue. Supporting characters are distinctly developed, and Keating's masterful style keeps the action moving forward. Sometimes the coincidences of plot are difficult to believe, and the end may lack true surprises, but the power of the characters propels the story. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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