Snow by John Banville audiobook

Snow: A Novel

By John Banville
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Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Audio 9781335230003
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The incomparable Booker Prize winner’s next great crime novel is the story of an aristocratic family whose secrets resurface when a parish priest is found murdered in their home. Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate a murder. A parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. The year is 1957 and the Catholic Church rules Ireland with an iron fist. Strafford—flinty, visibly Protestant, and determined to identify the murderer—faces obstruction at every turn, from the heavily accumulating snow to the culture of silence in this tight-knit community. As he delves further, he learns the Osbornes are not at all what they seem. And when his own deputy goes missing, Strafford must work to unravel the ever-expanding mystery before the community’s secrets, like the snowfall itself, threatens to obliterate everything. Beautifully crafted, darkly evocative, and pulsing with suspense, Snow is “the Irish master” (New Yorker) John Banville at his page-turning best.

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Summary

Summary

The incomparable Booker Prize winner’s next great crime novel is the story of an aristocratic family whose secrets resurface when a parish priest is found murdered in their home.

Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate a murder. A parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family.

The year is 1957 and the Catholic Church rules Ireland with an iron fist. Strafford—flinty, visibly Protestant, and determined to identify the murderer—faces obstruction at every turn, from the heavily accumulating snow to the culture of silence in this tight-knit community. As he delves further, he learns the Osbornes are not at all what they seem. And when his own deputy goes missing, Strafford must work to unravel the ever-expanding mystery before the community’s secrets, like the snowfall itself, threatens to obliterate everything.

Beautifully crafted, darkly evocative, and pulsing with suspense, Snow is “the Irish master” (New Yorker) John Banville at his page-turning best.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Banville’s ventriloquism is word-perfect.” Vulture
“A great storyteller.” Observer (London)
“[Banville’s] books are like baroque cathedrals, filled with elaborate passages.” Paris Review
“A grand writer with a seductive style.” New York Times
“John Banville deserves his Booker Prize.” Los Angeles Times
“One periodically rereads a [Banville] sentence just to marvel at its beauty, originality, and elegance.” USA Today
“The heir to Proust.” Daily Beast
“One of the best novelists in English.” Guardian (London)
“The Irish master.” New Yorker
“The first mystery Banville has written under his own name, rather than as Benjamin Black, Snow stars a crusty Protestant detective investigating a murder in County Wexford.” Library Journal
“He cannot write an unpolished phrase, so we read him slowly, relishing the stream of pleasures he affords.” Independent (London)
“A brilliant stylist.” Christian Science Monitor
“John Banville is the heir to Nabokov.” Sunday Telegraph (London)
“Banville is a master at capturing the most fleeting memory or excruciating twinge of self-awareness with riveting accuracy.” People
“All the trimmings of a classic mystery, elevated by Banville’s immaculate, penetrating prose.” Peter Swanson, author of Eight Perfect Murders

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Author Bio: John Banville

Author Bio: John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of more than a dozen novels and has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. In 2013 he was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and in 2014 he won the Prince of Asturias Award, Spain’s most important literary prize. He lives in Dublin.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English