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Publisher Comments:

A new thriller from the Booker Prize-winning and Edgar-nominated author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan.

John Glass's life in New York should be plenty comfortable. He's 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. He works in a big office in Mulholland Tower, rent-free, and goes home (most nights) to his wealthy and well-preserved wife, Wild Bill's daughter. He misses his old life sometimes, but all in all things have turned out well.

But when his shifty young researcher — a man he calls "The Lemur" — turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass's whole easy existence is threatened. Then the young man is murdered, and it's up to Glass to find out what The Lemur knew, and who killed him, before any secrets come out — and before any other bodies appear.

Shifting from 1950s Dublin to contemporary New York, the masterful crime writer Benjamin Black returns in this standalone thriller — a story of family secrets so deep, and so dangerous, that anyone might kill to keep them hidden.

Review:

"In this excellent novella from Edgar-finalist Banville (Christine Falls), John Glass, an Irish-born journalist living in New York, reluctantly accepts an offer from his father-in-law, William 'Big Bill' Mulholland, to write the older man's biography for $1 million. Big Bill, a former CIA agent turned communications tycoon, is the kind of man whose secrets are matters of national security. In preparation for the project, Glass contacts Dylan Riley, a shifty researcher Glass dubs the titular lemur. Riley tries to blackmail Glass, but ends up dead before Glass can find out what 'the lemur' knows. Afraid that the secret might involve his ongoing affair with fellow Irish ex-pat Alison O'Keeffe, Glass starts digging into Big Bill's past. First serialized in the New York Times Magazine, this crime novel showcases the author's trademark dry wit, tight plotting and appealing, flawed characters. Black is the pen name of Booker Prize — winner John Banville. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Black's mordant wit and profound world-weariness make for a classy, character-driven mystery." Booklist

Review:

"If the book's big secret doesn't quite live up to its press notices, Black's prose is so mesmerizing — crisp, precise, alive with telling details — that you'll enjoy every step in the trail that leads there." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Glass is an unsympathetic character, and the plot lacks a twist or two to make it truly surprising. Still, it's an entertaining two hours." Library Journal

Synopsis:

An Irish journalist in New York finds himself in the center of a murder case that may lead back to his billionaire father-in-law, in the first stand-alone thriller from the Booker Prize-wining author of The Sea and Christine Falls.

Synopsis:

The first stand-alone thriller from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Christine Falls

Synopsis:

A new thriller from the Booker Prize-winning and Edgar-nominated author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan

John Glass's life in New York should be plenty comfortable. He's 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. He works in a big office in Mulholland Tower, rent-free, and goes home (most nights) to his wealthy and well-preserved wife, Wild Bill's daughter. He misses his old life sometimes, but all in all things have turned out well.

But when his shifty young researcher--a man he calls "The Lemur"--turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass's whole easy existence is threatened. Then the young man is murdered, and it's up to Glass to find out what The Lemur knew, and who killed him, before any secrets come out--and before any other bodies appear.Shifting from 1950s Dublin to contemporary New York, the masterful crime writer Benjamin Black returns in this standalone thriller--a story of family secrets so deep, and so dangerous, that anyone might kill to keep them hidden.

Synopsis:

When John Glasss billionaire father-in-law hires him to write his biography, he feels he cant refuse. Then his research assistant on the book discovers some very sensitive information about Johns in-laws, and is murdered before he can tell anyone what he knows. John is on his own to find out the young mans secret, before the murderer finds him.

About the Author

Benjamin Black is the pen name of John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels have won numerous awards, most recently the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. Under the name Benjamin Black he is also the author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan. He lives in Dublin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312428082
Author:
Black, Benjamin
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
noir
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 CDs, 5 hrs
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
5.3 x 5.64 x 0.81 in

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Product details 144 pages Picador - English 9780312428082 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this excellent novella from Edgar-finalist Banville (Christine Falls), John Glass, an Irish-born journalist living in New York, reluctantly accepts an offer from his father-in-law, William 'Big Bill' Mulholland, to write the older man's biography for $1 million. Big Bill, a former CIA agent turned communications tycoon, is the kind of man whose secrets are matters of national security. In preparation for the project, Glass contacts Dylan Riley, a shifty researcher Glass dubs the titular lemur. Riley tries to blackmail Glass, but ends up dead before Glass can find out what 'the lemur' knows. Afraid that the secret might involve his ongoing affair with fellow Irish ex-pat Alison O'Keeffe, Glass starts digging into Big Bill's past. First serialized in the New York Times Magazine, this crime novel showcases the author's trademark dry wit, tight plotting and appealing, flawed characters. Black is the pen name of Booker Prize — winner John Banville. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Black's mordant wit and profound world-weariness make for a classy, character-driven mystery."
"Review" by , "If the book's big secret doesn't quite live up to its press notices, Black's prose is so mesmerizing — crisp, precise, alive with telling details — that you'll enjoy every step in the trail that leads there."
"Review" by , "Glass is an unsympathetic character, and the plot lacks a twist or two to make it truly surprising. Still, it's an entertaining two hours."
"Synopsis" by , An Irish journalist in New York finds himself in the center of a murder case that may lead back to his billionaire father-in-law, in the first stand-alone thriller from the Booker Prize-wining author of The Sea and Christine Falls.
"Synopsis" by ,
The first stand-alone thriller from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Christine Falls

"Synopsis" by ,

A new thriller from the Booker Prize-winning and Edgar-nominated author of Christine Falls and The Silver Swan

John Glass's life in New York should be plenty comfortable. He's 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. He works in a big office in Mulholland Tower, rent-free, and goes home (most nights) to his wealthy and well-preserved wife, Wild Bill's daughter. He misses his old life sometimes, but all in all things have turned out well.

But when his shifty young researcher--a man he calls "The Lemur"--turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass's whole easy existence is threatened. Then the young man is murdered, and it's up to Glass to find out what The Lemur knew, and who killed him, before any secrets come out--and before any other bodies appear.Shifting from 1950s Dublin to contemporary New York, the masterful crime writer Benjamin Black returns in this standalone thriller--a story of family secrets so deep, and so dangerous, that anyone might kill to keep them hidden.

"Synopsis" by ,

When John Glasss billionaire father-in-law hires him to write his biography, he feels he cant refuse. Then his research assistant on the book discovers some very sensitive information about Johns in-laws, and is murdered before he can tell anyone what he knows. John is on his own to find out the young mans secret, before the murderer finds him.

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