Daniel Fierman
March 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Christine Falls

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Benjamin Black
publisher
Henry Holt and Company
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A-

EW PICK

After a suspicious body rolls across his desk in Benjamin Black’s Christine Falls, jolly Irish coroner Quirke gets entangled in a conspiracy involving stolen babies and malevolent nuns in the ’50s.

Grisliest Death A woman is tied to a chair and left for dead.

Lowdown Crime fiction rarely lives up to the term ”literary,” but Falls (by Man Booker Prize winner John Banville under a pseudonym) is the happy exception. Falls starts slow, but builds to a melancholy, satisfying conclusion.

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