Banville’s recurring sleuth, pathologist Quirke, spots a worrying face in the crowd whilst on holiday in Spain in this characteristically elegant and deftly plotted new mystery from the author of Snow.
The sumptuous, propulsive, sun-kissed follow up to the bestselling Snow from the Booker Prize-winning author.
He wanted to know who she was, and why he was convinced he had some unremembered connection with her. It was as simple as that. But he knew it wasn’t. It wasn’t simple at all.
When Dublin pathologist Quirke glimpses a familiar face while on holiday with his wife, it’s hard, at first, to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him. Could she really be who he thinks she is, and have a connection with a crime that nearly brought ruin to an Irish political dynasty?
Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home and Detective St John Strafford is soon dispatched to Spain. But he’s not the only one on route: as a terrifying hitman hunts down his prey, they are all set for a brutal showdown.