He may be ill, dying and never to appear again. John Banville does not yet know the fate of his main character, Dr. Quirke. But one thing is certain: Holy Orders, the sixth book in this series, is a major turning point in the crime solving pathologist’s life.
Throughout the novel Quirke, an uncomfortably uptight man, suffers from hallucinations and anxiety attacks that leave him disoriented. At the book’s close, the condition of the main character’s mental health is unknown.
“This is Quirke’s darkest hour,” Banville says. “To all the people near to him, Quirke is ...
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