1957, contea di Wexford, Irlanda. In una fredda notte d’inverno, nella biblioteca di Ballyglass House, elegante residenza degli Osborne – famiglia protestante molto in vista – viene scoperto il cadavere di un prete cattolico ucciso da una pugnalata alla gola. Chi può aver colpito padre Thomas Lawless, un uomo benvoluto da tutti? Dalla capitale arriva per indagare l’ispettore Strafford, anch’egli di famiglia protestante, un’eccezione in polizia. A Dublino il sovrintendente Hackett è molto preoccupato; l’arcivescovo McQuaid esercita infatti pressioni non troppo velate per insabbiare il caso: i preti irlandesi non muoiono di morte violenta. Mentre la neve continua a cadere implacabile, Strafford si trova da solo a indagare in un ambiente ostile, dove tutti sembrano avere qualcosa da nascondere e forse, più degli altri, proprio la vittima...
- ISBN: 8823527783
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 336
John Banville's historical mystery is set in a heavily snowed in Christmas period in Ireland, County Wexford, in 1957, featuring 35 year old Protestant Dublin Inspector St John Strafford sent to the scene of a gruesome murder of a Catholic Father Tom Lawless at the dilapidated and cold manor, Ballyg Leggi tutto
4 stars for an entertaining read about a murder mystery in rural Ireland in the 1950s. This mystery is as much about attitudes in Irish society as it is a murder mystery. A respected Catholic parish priest is found dead in the house of a local Protestant country squire. Religious attitudes and the p Leggi tutto
Shroud A deeply attentive plot that is clever and watchful through the characters that are so wonderfully drawn. There are many subtle nuances that enable John Banville to play with scenarios that are intriguing to observe, particularly the relationship between the preeminent catholic church in Irela Leggi tutto
The story starts as one of the most famous detective story and with a wink from Mr Banville who creates his very own story with the snow and cold in the foreground. Detective Inspector St John Strafford is engimatic, withdrawn and a Protestant delegated to an Irish manor house to investigate the dea Leggi tutto
The winter of 1957 is a harsh one especially around Christmas time which makes for a chillingly atmospheric setting for the murder of a priest. DI St John Strafford is summoned to Ballyglass House, the Wexford home of Colonel Osborne where Father Tom Lawless has been found murdered in the library. H Leggi tutto
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. Of course Banville writes beautifully and really knows his Irish home and its history. Detective Strafford is an interesting and sympathetic main character and we are plunged straight into the action with the rather nasty murder of a Catholic priest, fou Leggi tutto
SNOW is the first book by John Banville I have read. An old-fashioned type of mystery and crime novel, that I unfortunately did not find interesting. The main character, a Detective Inspector, was unlikable. His “stiff upper lip” personality was one I could not enjoy. Nor was I a fan of any of the o Leggi tutto
Snow by John Banville is a murder mystery and police procedural which takes place in County Wexford, Ireland. The year is 1957 and Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been tasked with investigating the apparent murder of a priest, at Ballyglass House, ancestral home of the Osborne family. A s Leggi tutto
3.5. The journey was so much fun, the destination cliche with a gooseberry on top, meaning a twist that felt too deliberate and didn’t make much of a difference in the end. Banville is a good writer - I want to read him again. He’s funny, he immerses you in a time and place, and his characters are w Leggi tutto
It had been ages since I last read a detective novel and I rediscovered the genre with one of my favorite writers ever, versatile Banville. I felt at home with his familiar narrative; paused, suspenseful and refined, so reminiscent of his anti-hero’s latest books which I venerate. This time, the read Leggi tutto
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