Quirke (series)

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The Quirke series of crime novels, written by Irish novelist John Banville under the pen name Benjamin Black, centers on the titular character, a pathologist in 1950s Dublin. The series is published by Henry Holt & Co. in the U.S.. The first novel, Christine Falls, was first released by Picador in the U.K. in 2006; it was published in the U.S. a year later.

Banville has stated that he drew from his experiences when he first moved to Dublin to inform the Quirke series:

Quirke lives in the apartment in Dublin which I inherited from my aunt and he moves around in that area where I was when I first moved to Dublin. He's better off than we were in those days, but yes, it's soaked in my recollections. It is more connected to the circumstances of my life than my Banville books.[1]

Television adaptation[edit]

A three-part miniseries based on the novels stars Gabriel Byrne as Quirke. The series first aired on RTÉ One in Ireland in early 2014.[2]


  1. Christine Falls (2007)
  2. The Silver Swan (2008)
  3. Elegy for April (2010)
  4. A Death in Summer (2011)
  5. Vengeance (2012)
  6. Holy Orders (2013)
  7. Even the Dead (2016)
  8. April in Spain (2021)


  1. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (23 May 2014). "John Banville: 'Quirke comes from the damaged recesses of my Irish soul'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  2. ^ "New "Irish noir" drama Quirke begins tonight". RTÉ. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-28.

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