Snow (Hardback)

John Banville

A chilling mystery from the Man Booker Prize winner

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‘Superb.’ The Times
‘Outstanding.’ Irish Independent
‘Exquisite.’ Daily Mail

A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of 2020

‘The body is in the library,’ Colonel Osborne said. ‘Come this way.’

Following the discovery of the corpse of a highly respected parish priest at Ballyglass House – the Co. Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family – Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate.

Strafford faces obstruction from all angles, but carries on determinedly in his pursuit of the murderer. However, as the snow continues to fall over this ever-expanding mystery, the people of Ballyglass are equally determined to keep their secrets.

‘The sinister and unnerving Snow has all the trimmings of a classic country house mystery – body in the library, closed circle of suspects, foul weather – all elevated by Banville’s immaculate, penetrating prose.’ Peter Swanson

Critic Reviews

Superb . . . This is crime fiction for the connoisseur.

The Times
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Stylish… engrossing… a deft, penetrating study of the elaborate rituals of class and religion in post-war Ireland… Banville has taken a classic crime construct and produced a subtle, incisive novel that is superb to the last drop.

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Engrossing and written in scalpel-like prose, it’s an exquisite piece of literature with a crime at its heart.

Daily Mail
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Banville's Booker-winning literary sensibilities make the most of Ireland's wintry countryside . . . a portrait of a country that for decades refused to look at what was hiding in plain view.

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'A typically elegant country house mystery.'

Guardian (Biggest books of autumn 2020)
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A well-crafted story, peopled by superbly well-drawn characters, and put together in the finest prose… Having written several of the greatest novels of all time to come out of Ireland, one comes to Banville’s latest work knowing that in all likelihood it too will shine like a well-polished gem… Not unexpectedly the prose is to relish and admire… And the book is shaped and honed in a masterly fashion.

Irish Independent
John Banville

JOHN BANVILLE was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of eighteen novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize, the Quirke Series of crime novels under the pen name Benjamin Black, and the bestselling Snow, his first novel to feature Detective Inspector St John Strafford. Other major prizes he…

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