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The silver swan : a novel
Benjamin Black
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Black is better known as the Booker Prize-winning author John Banville. Timothy Dalton is better known as the guy who used to play James Bond. Their collaboration on this mystery novel, the second in Black's Quirke series, offers an excellent opportunity for Dalton to flash his acting chops. Dalton's reading is hushed, intense and dramatic, read as if being performed onstage. This risky approach ends up melding perfectly with Black's atmospheric whodunit, with Dalton underscoring the literary quality of the prose. Dalton drops to a whisper nearly every other sentence, but it is the kind of whisper that penetrates the eardrums of even the duffers in the back row of the theater. The acted approach--Dalton playing every role, embodying every voice--is not always perfect, but the partnership between author and narrator is a definite success. Simultaneous release with the Henry Holt hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 7). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

His lover dead, his daughter sullen, and his father seriously ill, Quirke distracts himself by investigating the suicide of a best friend's young and beautiful wife. With a national tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Garret Quirke
Raised by a prominent Catholic judge who is currently in a convent hospital after suffering a stroke; has a daughter whom he was estranged from for years.

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