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.
Burnt-out journalist John Glass is asked to write a biography of his powerful father-in-law but gets more than he bargained for when his researcher is found murdered. This standalone psychological thriller from Black, the pen name of Booker Prize winner John Banville (who also wrote the Edgar Award-nominated Christine Falls under that pseudonym), was originally a New York Times Magazine serial. Though John Keating's (Airman) Irish accent is a pleasure to listen to, it seems wrong for a book set in Manhattan, and some pronunciations will be jarring to North American ears. Recommended only for large fiction collections. [Audio clip available through www.bbcaudiobooksamerica.com; the Picador pb original was recommended "for larger collections," LJ 6/1/08.--Ed.]--Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.