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The Lock-Up

A Detective Mystery

May 23, 2023 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9781335449634
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A New York Times Editors' Choice

Booker Prize winner and "Irish master"
 (The New Yorker) John Banville's most ambitious crime novel yet brings two detectives together to solve a globe-spanning mystery

In 1950s Dublin, Rosa Jacobs, a young history scholar, is found dead in her car. Renowned pathologist Dr. Quirke and DI St. John Strafford begin to investigate the death as a murder, but it's the victim's older sister Molly, an established journalist, who discovers a lead that could crack open the case.

One of Rosa's friends, it turns out, is from a powerful German family that arrived in Ireland under mysterious circumstances shortly after World War II. But as Quirke and Strafford close in, their personal lives may put the case--and everyone involved--in peril, including Quirke's own daughter.

Spanning the mountaintops of Italy, the front lines of World War II Bavaria, the gritty streets of Dublin and other unexpected locales, The Lock-Up is an ambitious and arresting mystery by one of the world's most celebrated authors.

About this Author

JOHN BANVILLE was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of numerous novels, includingThe Sea, which won the 2005 Booker Prize, and the DI Quirke novels written under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. In 2011 he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, in 2013 he was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature and in 2014 he won the Prince of Asturias Award, Spain's most important literary prize. He lives in Dublin.

ISBN: 9781335449634
Format: Hardcover
Series: Strafford and Quirke
Pages: 320
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Published: 2023-05-23


"Elegant...with finely wrought moments that make you want to slow down to savor them."--New York Times Book Review

"Another worthy thriller from the Irish master novelist."--Kirkus
"Strikingly beautiful prose...Banville's complete mastery of mood wins the day."--Booklist

"A haunting and memorable experience."--New York Journal of Books

"Banville at his best...a novel that will have his readers hooked."--Financial Times

"The Lock-Up is to be relished above all for its richly realised characters, and their understanding of the vagaries of human nature."-Scotsman

"The ultimate page-turner, expertly paced and beautifully written."-Irish Independent

"A hypnotic thriller. . . with prose this lush and mordantly funny, it's a shame it has to end."- Sunday Business Post

Praise for John Banville
"John Banville is one of my favorite writers alive, and I pick up his books whenever I need a reminder how to write a good sentence." --R.F. Kuang
"The Irish master." --New Yorker
"One of the best novelists in English." --The Guardian
 "John Banville deserves his Booker Prize." --Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A grand writer with a seductive style." --New York Times Book Review
"Banville is a master at capturing the most fleeting memory or excruciating twinge of self-awareness with riveting accuracy." --People
"Prodigiously gifted. He cannot write an unpolished phrase." --The Independent
 "[Banville's] books are like baroque cathedrals." --Paris Review
"One periodically rereads a [Banville] sentence just to marvel at its beauty." --USA TODAY

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