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National best seller

Booker Prize winner John Banville returns with a dark and evocative new mystery set on the Spanish coast.

Don't disturb the dead....

On the idyllic coast of San Sebastian, Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke is struggling to relax, despite the beaches, cafés, and the company of his disarmingly lovely wife. When he glimpses a familiar face in the twilight at Las Acadas bar, it's hard at first to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him.

Because this young woman can't be April Latimer. She was murdered by her brother, years ago — the conclusion to an unspeakable scandal that shook one of Ireland's foremost political dynasties.

Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home to Ireland and soon Detective St. John Strafford is dispatched to Spain. But he's not the only one en route. A relentless hit man is on the hunt for his latest prey, and the next victim might be Quirke himself.

Sumptous, propulsive, and utterly transporting, April in Spain is the work of a master writer at the top of his game.

©2021 John Banville (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Brilliantly constructed; vintage Banville

For those of us who admire the character Quirke, this work pulls you back in place and time. The location of the action is San Sebastián. To say the book is atmospheric does not do justice to it. John Lee’s narration enhances the experience!

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The voice of an autamatone what a disappointment

I am a huge John Banville fan and this was a bore. And the narrator was ridiculous, chopping along but pretending that was an Irish accent was preposterous. I want my money back.

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What a writer!

Banville's descriptions are so good you feel like you know the history, foibles and strengths of every character. And he does all that in just a few perfect examples.