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Black, Benjamin 1945-

Overview
Works: 58 works in 706 publications in 17 languages and 22,210 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Historical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Noir fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PR6052.A57, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Benjamin Black
Christine Falls : a novel by Benjamin Black( Book )

84 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in 15 languages and held by 2,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Returning to the morgue where he works after an office party, Dublin pathologist Quirke stumbles across a body that should not have been there, as well as his brother-in-law, pediatrician Malachy Griffin, altering a file to cover up the corpse's cause of death
The silver swan : a novel by Benjamin Black( Book )

67 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 2,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irascible Dublin pathologist Quirke gets in over his head when an old acquaintance asks him to investigate the apparent suicide of his young wife, Deirdre Hunt, and Quirke uncovers some dangerous secrets that had been better off hidden
The black-eyed blonde by Benjamin Black( Book )

49 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Raymond Chandler's incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career"It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it's being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere."So begins The Black-Eyed Blonde, a new novel featuring Philip Marlowe--yes, that Philip Marlowe. Channeling Raymond Chandler, Benjamin Black has brought Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the mean streets of Bay City, California. It is the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client is shown in: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, she wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson's disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City's richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune. Only Benjamin Black, a modern master of the genre, could write a new Philip Marlowe novel that has all the panache and charm of the originals while delivering a story that is as sharp and fresh as today's best crime fiction"--
A death in summer : a novel by Benjamin Black( Book )

47 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When newspaper magnate Richard Jewell is found dead at his country estate, clutching a shotgun in his lifeless hands, few see his demiose as cause for sorrow. But Doctor Quirke and Inspector Hackett realise that, rather than suicide, "Diamond Dick" has in fact been murdered
Elegy for April : a novel by Benjamin Black( Book )

47 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quirke, a hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist is determined to find his daughter's best friend, a well-connected young doctor. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. Set in Dublin, circa 1950
Vengeance : a novel by Benjamin Black( Book )

37 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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
Holy orders : a Quirke novel by Benjamin Black( Book )

40 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the body of his daughter's friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish Church and State.--
Wolf on a string : a novel by Benjamin Black( Book )

17 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christian Stern, an ambitious young scholar and alchemist, arrives in Prague in the bitter winter of 1599, intent on making his fortune at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, the eccentric Rudolf II. The night of his arrival, drunk and lost, Christian stumbles upon the body of a young woman in Golden Lane, an alley hard by Rudolf's great castle. Dressed in a velvet gown, wearing a large gold medallion around her neck, the woman is clearly well-born--or was, for her throat has been slashed. A lesser man would smell danger, but Christian is determined to follow his fortunes wherever they may lead. He quickly finds himself entangled in the machinations of several ruthless courtiers, and before long he comes to the attention of the Emperor himself. Rudolf, deciding that Christian is that rare thing--a person he can trust--sets him the task of solving the mystery of the woman's murder."--
Even the dead : a Quirke novel by Benjamin Black( Book )

50 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Perhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long. Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumor. A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating; all that's needed, the doctor declares, is an extended rest. But Quirke, ever intent on finding his place among the living, is not about to retire. One night during a June heat wave, a car crashes into a tree in central Dublin and bursts into flames. The police assume the driver's death was either an accident or a suicide, but Quirke's examination of the body leads him to believe otherwise. Then his daughter Phoebe gets a mysterious visit from an acquaintance: the woman, who admits to being pregnant, says she fears for her life, though she won't say why. When the woman later disappears, Phoebe asks her father for help, and Quirke in turn seeks the assistance of his old friend Inspector Hackett. Before long the two men find themselves untangling a twisted string of events that takes them deep into a shadowy world where one of the city's most powerful men uses the cover of politics and religion to make obscene profits. In this enthralling book--his seventh novel featuring the endlessly fascinating Quirke--Benjamin Black has crafted a story of surpassing intensity and surprising beauty"--Publisher
The lemur by Benjamin Black( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Glass's life in New York should be plenty comfortable having given up his career as a journalist to write an authorized biography of his father-in-law, communications magnate and former CIA agent Big Bill Mulholland. When a shifty young researcher whom he calls 'The Lemur," turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass's whole easy existence is threatened
Christine falls by Benjamin Black( Recording )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the debut crime novel from the Booker Prize-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society. It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading
The silver swan by Benjamin Black( Recording )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two years have passed since the events of the bestselling "Christine Falls", and Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist, ought to know better than to let his curiosity get the best of him. Yet when an acquaintance comes to him about his beautiful young wife's apparent suicide, Quirke's "old itch to cut into the quick of things, to delve into the dark of what was hidden" is roused again
The black-eyed blonde : a Philip Marlowe novel by Benjamin Black( Recording )

21 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client is shown in: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, she wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson's disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City's richest families and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune
Elegy for April : [a novel] by Benjamin Black( Recording )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quirke, a hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist is determined to find his daughter's best friend, a well-connected young doctor. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. Set in Dublin, circa 1950
Holy orders : [a Quirke novel] by Benjamin Black( Recording )

25 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When the body of his daughter's friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish church and state"--Container
Vengeance by Benjamin Black( Recording )

18 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye Courcy, 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
A death in summer : a novel by Benjamin Black( Recording )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. But before long Doctor Quirke and Inspector Hackett realize that, rather than the suspected suicide, "Diamond Dick" has in fact been murdered
The lemur : [a novel] by Benjamin Black( Recording )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Glass's life in New York should be plenty comfortable having given up his career as a journalist to write an authorized biography of his father-in-law, communications magnate and former CIA agent Big Bill Mulholland. When a shifty young researcher whom he calls 'The Lemur," turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass's whole easy existence is threatened
Even the dead by Benjamin Black( Recording )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long. Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumor. A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating? all that's needed, the doctor declares, is an extended rest. But Quirke, ever intent on finding his place among the living, is not about to retire
Wolf on a string by Benjamin Black( Recording )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christian Stern, an ambitious young scholar and alchemist, arrives in Prague in the bitter winter of 1599, intent on making his fortune at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, the eccentric Rudolf II. The night of his arrival, drunk and lost, Christian stumbles upon the body of a young woman in Golden Lane, an alley hard by Rudolf's great castle. Dressed in a velvet gown, wearing a large gold medallion around her neck, the woman is clearly well-born-- or was, for her throat has been slashed. A lesser man would smell danger, but Christian is determined to follow his fortunes wherever they may lead. He quickly finds himself entangled in the machinations of several ruthless courtiers, and before long he comes to the attention of the Emperor himself. Rudolf, deciding that Christian is that rare thing-- a person he can trust-- sets him the task of solving the mystery of the woman's murder. But Christian soon realizes that he has blundered into the midst of a power struggle that threatens to subvert the throne itself. And as he gets ever nearer to the truth of what happened that night in Golden Lane, he finally sees that his own life is in grave danger. From the spectacularly inventive Benjamin Black, here is a historical crime novel that delivers both a mesmerizing portrait of a lost world and a riveting tale of intrigue and suspense
 
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Christine Falls : a novel
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The silver swan : a novelA death in summer : a novelElegy for April : a novelThe lemurChristine fallsThe silver swanElegy for April : [a novel]A death in summer : a novelThe lemur : [a novel]
Alternative Names

controlled identityBanville, John

Banville, John 1945-

Blaḳ, Beng'amin 1945-

Blak, Bentzamin 1945-

Bleks, Bendžamins 1945

בלאק, בנג'מין 1945-

ブラック, ベンジャミン

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