Now a major TV series: Quirke starring Gabriel Byrne and Colin Morgan and written by Conor McPherson 1950s Ireland. As a deep, bewildering fog cloaks Dublin, a young woman is found to have vanished. When Phoebe Griffin, still haunted by the horrors of her past, is unable to discover news of her friend; Quirke, fresh from drying out in an institution, responds to his daughter's request for help. But as Phoebe, Quirke and Inspector Hackett speak with those who knew April, they begin to realise that there may have been more behind the young woman's discretion and secrecy than they could have imagined. Why was April so estranged from her family? What is her close-knit circle of friends hiding? And who is the shadowy figure who seems to be watching Phoebe's flat at night, through the frozen mists? As Quirke finds himself distracted from his sobriety by a beautiful young actress, Phoebe watches helplessly as April's family hush up her disappearance, and all possible leads seem to dry up, bar one she cannot bear to contemplate. But when Quirke makes a disturbing discovery, he is finally able to begin unravelling the great, complex web of love, lies, jealousy and dark secrets that April spun her life from . . . 'Quirke is an endearing hero . . . A beguiling read' The Times 'Vivid and compelling' Marie Claire
Benjamin Black is the pen name of acclaimed author John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. He lives in Dublin. Elegy for April is the third book in Benjamin Black's celebrated Quirke Dublin series, now a major BBC TV series starring Gabriel Byrne.