Vengeance

Vengeance

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"It's a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye, one of Ireland's most successful businessmen, takes his boat far out to sea. With him is his partner's son--who becomes the sole witness when Delahaye produces a pistol, points it at his own chest, and fires. This mysterious death immediately engages the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett, who in turn calls upon the services of his sometime partner Quirke, consultant pathologist at the Hospital of the Holy Family. The stakes are high: Delahaye's prominence in business circles means that Hackett and Quirke must proceed very carefully."--Provided by publisher.

McMillan Palgrave

A bizarre suicide leads to a scandal and then still more blood, as one of our most brilliant crime novelists reveals a world where money and sex trump everything

It's a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye, one of Ireland's most successful businessmen, takes his boat far out to sea. With him is his partner's son--who becomes the sole witness when Delahaye produces a pistol, points it at his own chest, and fires.

This mysterious death immediately engages the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett, who in turn calls upon the services of his sometime partner Quirke, consultant pathologist at the Hospital of the Holy Family. The stakes are high: Delahaye's prominence in business circles means that Hackett and Quirke must proceed very carefully. Among others, they interview Mona Delahaye, the dead man's young and very beautiful wife; James and Jonas Delahaye, his identical twin sons; and Jack Clancy, his ambitious, womanizing partner. But then a second death occurs, this one even more shocking than the first, and quickly it becomes apparent that a terrible secret threatens to destroy the lives and reputations of several members of Dublin's elite.

Why did Victor Delahaye kill himself, and who is intent upon wreaking vengeance on so many of those who knew him?



Baker
& Taylor

Detective Inspector Hackett and his occasional partner Quirke investigate the suicide of a prominent Irish businessman in this new crime novel from the author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan. 60,000 first printing.
Detective Inspector Hackett and his occasional partner Quirke investigate the suicide of a prominent Irish businessman, but when a second death occurs, Hackett and Quirke uncover evidence of a secret that threatens to destroy other members of Dublin's elite.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805094398
0805094393
Branch Call Number: Mystery Black
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 25 cm

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empbee
Oct 17, 2017

Slow.

KCLSLibrarians Jun 25, 2014

Chief Inspector Hackett and consulting pathologist ‘Quirke’ come together in this character driven period piece set in Scotland. Black has a wonderful ability to develop complex and compelling (if sometimes repellent) characters and bring the reader directly to the scene of the crime. You can almost smell the cigarette smoke and feel the chill in the air as the story unfolds around a baffling apparent suicide and a murder.

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Patricia03
Nov 12, 2012

Just so so. I felt that the author did not have his heart in the story.

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toby65
Sep 06, 2012

Not as interesting or engaging as the previous in this series. Nonetheless, a good read.

akarenina Aug 11, 2012

This is another excellent mystery by Benjamin Black (AKA John Banville) written in the classic "drawing room" tradition.

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