Description - The Lemur by Benjamin Black
Commissioned as a high profile serial by the "New York Times Magazine", "The Lemur" is a stylish new thriller from a rising star of literary crime.William ('Wild Bill') Mulholland is an Irish-American electronics billionaire. An ex-CIA operative, he now heads up the Mulholland Trust, with the help of his daughter Louise. When Mulholland gets wind of a hostile biography planned for him by the investigative journalist Wilson Cleaver, he commissions his daughter's husband, John Glass, to pen the official line.But Glass' young researcher tries to blackmail him, and Glass is horrified, fearing that his own secrets, as well as the Mulhollands', are at risk. He slings him off the project, only to hear from the NYPD that this man he has nicknamed 'The Lemur' has been found shot to death...Silence cannot be bought - even by one of New York's wealthiest families. Riddled with explosive secrets, "The Lemur" is a brilliant contemporary thriller that sees Benjamin Black at the top of his game.
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(216mm x 135mm x mm)
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A man who's hired to dig up the bodies becomes one himself in this sly novella from Booker-winner John Banville's alter ego Black (The Silver Swan, 2008, etc.).John Glass used to be an honored journalist, but now that he's just a rich woman's husband, he's in no position to accept his father-in-law's invitation to write his biography. Since he's in no position to offend "Big Bill" Mulholland either, he agrees, then turns around and asks researcher Dylan Riley to help unearth facts about Mulholland, the ex-CIA Cold Warrior who runs a cable corporation. No sooner has the disconcerting young man agreed to help Glass out without letting his father-in-law know than he's on the phone, insinuating that the family secret he's discovered is worth half the hefty fee Mulholland is paying Glass. Before Glass can get over his initial panic - he's certain that Riley has found out about Glass's affair with painter Alison O'Keeffe - he's getting an even more disturbing phone call from Captain Ambrose of the NYPD, who's identified Glass's number as the last one Riley called before he was shot to death. Glass's petty adultery pales before the secret Riley actually discovered, one that will entangle Big Bill's entire family before it's finally laid to rest.If the book's big secret doesn't quite live up to its press notices, Black's prose is so mesmerizing - crisp, precise, alive with telling details - that you'll enjoy every step in the trail that leads there. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Benjamin Black
Benjamin Black is the pen name of acclaimed author John Banville, who was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Man Booker Prize in 2005 for The Sea. He lives in Dublin.