"A Death In Summer" By Benjamin Black
The dead man is found by his yard manager in an office above the stables at Brooklands, Jewell's Kildare estate.
Oddly, the corpse is still clutching the top-of-the-range Purdey shotgun which has quite literally blown half his head off. Black presents the scene of the death in gruesome and richly satisfying detail. Rich detail is what we have come to expect in Black's thrillers.
This time out it is high summer in the sweltering city and indoors, in public, private and even intimate spaces, the fug of tobacco smoke is choking.
Bogart would feel at home in these killing parishes. Small wonder then that the endowment of a pulmonary clinic in the hospital where Quirke heads the pathology department is one of the late Jewell's philanthropic gestures.
If Jewell's death was not suicide then it has to have been a murder and, as is typical in this genre, there is no shortage of suspects with credible motives. Maguire, the yard manager, had the time and the access to the victim, and besides, he has already done a stretch for manslaughter.
There is the beautiful, French-born, grieving widow who will inherit everything and with whom Quirke becomes emotionally entangled. There is a step-sister who is both more and less than she seems. And then there are business rivals, one of whom has been secretively amassing shares in Jewell's newspaper group.
In the deep shadows there are the Friends of St Christopher's, a group of concerned Catholics that supports an orphanage on the coast north of Dublin. Have one to sell? Sell yours here.
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Book Description Publication Date: July 1, 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.