Holy Orders

Holy Orders

Large Print - 2013
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In 1950s Ireland, newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Why? Because the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when the body of his daughter Phoebe's closest friend is brought to his autopsy table, Quirke can no longer play by the Church's rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy's death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410463890
1410463893
Characteristics: 429 pages ;,23 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 12, 2018

The badly beaten and mangled body of what appears to be a child is found in a Dublin canal by an oddly matched couple who don't really want to wait around to talk to the police. When pathologist Quirke confronts the body in the morgue, he's shocked to learn that he recognizes the young man, a friend of sorts of Quirk's daughter Phoebe. Redheaded Jimmy is a muckraking journalist. To solve the case of what's obviously murder, Quirke and his sometime friend Inspector Hackett follow the clues of the cases Jimmy's been working on lately. Jimmy's left the countryside of his origins for the big lights of 1950s Dublin to make his fortune and do good works, but never expected that to lead to his death. Quirke and Hackett visit the camp of the tinkers (Romany), who seem to know more than they want to tell about Jimmy. Meanwhile, Phoebe's visited by Jimmy's younger sister Sally, who's gone to London to live, but returned when she hears of his death. Quirke, growing up in a Catholic orphanage, has his own take on the Catholic powers that be in Ireland. He and Hackett visit the camp of one of the most powerful Tinkers, who refuses to talk, but makes clear he wields power. One of the priests spends a lot of time at the camp, trying to help the youth; the chief won't let them talk to him because he's preparing to leave for an African mission soon. Quirk goes to the camp on his own and talks to one of the women of the leader, who explains the situation, and warns Quirke to stay out of the situation. Shortly, this priest approaches Quirke in a pub and warns him off as well. Sally and Phoebe become friends, but their friendship becomes dangerous to them both, and Sally heads back to London. Phoebe tells her father, and he's able to pick her up before more harm can come to her. Another very powerful book, though again I read out of order because this was the one I could get. To Quirke, the case proves the negative power of the Church. To Phoebe, as for Jimmy, it proves the hope that lies beyond this power. Highly recommended.

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Doris527
Nov 05, 2015

New author for me. Book was good even though set in the 50s. Quirke investigates the death of a friend of his daughters and finds things are not as they seem. touches on religion of the day and much soul searching. I will try another of Black's books.

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Daphne57
Oct 21, 2013

Didn't like Black's style at all and his period setting lacked a good deal of authenticity.

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beverleymcmaster
Oct 11, 2013

The most interesting of the series. Shows what an iron grip the Catholic Church had on every aspect of society, including crime.

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maipenrai
Oct 09, 2013

2013 audiobook - will be available thru minn link SIXTH BOOK IN QUIRKE SERIES

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