What’s in a name? Not much for Man Booker Prize winner
John Banville, who, writing as Benjamin Black, brings back his
potential series character, Quirke, for a second case.
THE SILVER SWAN --- as in the first book, CHRISTINE FALLS --- is
set in 1950s Dublin, a place rendered as overcast and gloomy.
Quirke is still a persnickety pathologist who spent a good deal of
his time drinking his troubles away. But, as this novel opens, he
has given up the bottle and is mourning the death of Sarah, his
first love. Twenty years ago, circumstances interfered and he got
together with Delia, Sarah’s sister. She seduced him into