Elegy for AprilBook - 2010
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When her usual daily contact with April Latimer abruptly stops, Phoebe Quirke turns for help to her father, a pathologist at the same Dublin hospital where April has been a junior doctor. Her iconoclastic father, Quirke, enlists the assistance of his long-time associate, Police Inspector Hackett, and in their investigation they unearth long kep secrets of one of 1950s Ireland's most pretigious families. Soaked in fog, alcohol and twisted Catholic guilt, Black's beautiful language sets this apart from more pedestrian suspense novels. Call it literature -- Black is the pseudonym of Booker prize-winner John Banville.
Third in Dr. Quirke series. Dr. Quirke is just out of drying-out hospital. His daughter, Phoebe, is concerned about her friend April Latimer, whom she hasnt heard from for 2 weeks, nor has their circle of friends. April is a junior doctor (intern?) and a member of an influential family in Dublin, in government & medicine. Quirke & Det. Hackett start to suspect family is involved in her disappearance. African man may or may not be involved with April romantically, he is in circle of friends. This is 1950's setting.
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