Holy Orders by Benjamin Black is the sixth novel featuring Dublin's pathologist Quirke in mid-century Ireland (available August 20, 2013).
No one even pretends that it’s a secret. Irish mystery writer Benjamin Black is the pen name of multi-award winning literary writer, John Banville. While Banville is highly acclaimed for his literary work and won the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for his novel, The Sea, he decided to try his hand at writing genre fiction and he found that he enjoyed it. As Benjamin Black, Banville writes a series of mystery novels featuring Quirke (we never learn his given name), a pathologist in 1950s Dublin, Ireland, a time and a place well dominated by the Roman Catholic Church, which certainly had more power than the government. And it was a time when Irish Travelers were still called Tinkers.
In Holy Orders, the sixth novel in the series,Quirke finds that a murdered corpse brought to his pathology table is a young man named Jimmy Minor, who Quirke knows is a close and dear friend of Quirke’s daughter, Phoebe. Since Quirke and Phoebe have a relationship that is frequently tense, Quirke tries to get closer to his daughter by finding out why Jimmy was killed and who committed the crime.