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‘Outstanding.’ Irish Independent
‘Exquisite.’ Daily Mail
‘Hypnotic.’ Financial Times
‘This is crime fiction for the connoisseur.’ The Times
‘The body is in the library,’ Colonel Osborne said. ‘Come this way.’
Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate a murder at Ballyglass House – the Co. Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family.
Facing obstruction from all angles, Strafford 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.
‘A typically elegant country house mystery.’ Guardian
‘A well-crafted story, peopled by superbly well-drawn characters, and put together in the finest prose . . . Masterly.’ Irish Independent
'A typically elegant country house mystery.'
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.
[Uses] a suspicious death as the jumping off point to examine the complexities and hypocrisies of mid-century life under the conservative de Valera regime. As astute and lyrical as any of Banville’s works, Snow continues to cement the legacy of one of our greatest living writers.
Banville writes a dangerous and clear-running prose and has a grim gift of seeing people's souls.
John Banville is one of the best novelists in English, and an expert ventriloquist, among other things.
John Banville is simply the finest writer at work today, a prolific prose stylist whose work has only deepened in quality throughout his career.
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