Dublin pathologist, Garret Quirke, returns to the morgue late at night after an office party to encounter his brother-in-law obstetrician physician in his office writing up a report about his patient who died of a pulmonary embolism after delivery. Too many small things about this patient, Christine Falls, irrevocably triggers Quirke's interest. The more he learns, the more he wants to find out more and the more he learns the broader the conspiracy that seems to involve babies that vanish. Black develops complex family relationships that are revealed as he delves deeper. Falls caretaker during her pregnancy is murder and Quirke is brutally attacked. And still he keeps looking for answers in this first of the Quirke mysteries.
Christine Falls / Benjamin Black 352 p.