Noir crime series set in 1950s Dublin, based on the novels by Benjamin Black.
As his family life unravels Quirke fights a losing battle with grief and drink, while Phoebe forges a new life for herself with the help of a group of oddly assorted friends. Phoebe’s new circle is Isabel Galloway, the shining light of the Gate Theatre; reporter Jimmy Minor whose crush on Phoebe goes entirely unnoticed by her; junior doctors April Latimer and the exotic Patrick Ojukwu, a Nigerian prince who has discovered that 50s Ireland is an uncomfortable place to be a stranger. Phoebe is worried that April hasn’t been heard from in over a week. The rest of the gang is not much surprised, sure that she has gone to London to get “the usual trouble” fixed, but Phoebe is not convinced. Lonely herself, and desperate for deeper connections in her life, she turns to Quirke for help, and Quirke, eager to reconnect with his daughter and to keep his own demons at bay, is quick to give it.
It is early 1957 and the Griffin family has been blown apart since the revelation in Boston. Quirke is drinking heavily, Mal and Sarah's marriage is on the rocks, and Sarah is regretting the missed chances of twenty years before, when she let her sister Delia steal Quirke from under nose. Quirke and his adoptive father, the formidable judge Garret Griffin, are estranged, and Phoebe has decided to assert her freedom from the lot of them by moving out of the family home. Nothing anyone can say can dissuade her, and Quirke, recognising the part he played in her decision, defends her choice and resolves to look out for her as best he can. But Phoebe - young, naive and vulnerable - pushes Quirke and the family away, defiantly taking up with a louche and dangerous young man by the name of Leslie White. It's a name that becomes familiar to Quirke as he investigates two apparent suicides, one a well-to-do society woman and the other the wife of his former student Billy Hunt. All is not as it seems in the deaths of the two women, but will Quirke and the redoubtable Inspector Hackett be able put the pieces together quickly enough to keep Phoebe from danger? Will Quirke and Sarah's feelings for each other get in the way of his promise to look after his daughter? And will he be able to rise above his past or be pulled down by a rip tide of whiskey and guilt?
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