9780330371872

The Book of Evidence

Banville, John

ISBN 10: 0330371878 / 0-330-37187-8
ISBN 13: 9780330371872
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
Freddie Montgomery has committed two crimes. He stole a small Dutch master from a wealthy family friend, and he murdered a chambermaid who caught him in the act. He has little to say about the dead girl. He killed her, he says, because he was physically capable of doing so. It made perfect sense to smash her head in with a hammer. What he cannot understand, and would desperately like to know, is why he was so moved by an unattributed portrait of a middle-aged woman that he felt compelled to steal it ...'Banville has excelled himself in a flawlessly flowing prose whose lyricism, patrician irony and aching sense of loss are reminiscent of Lolita' Observer 'The Book of Evidence is a major work of fiction in which every suave moment calmly detonates to show the murderous gleam within. Banville writes a dangerous and clear-running prose and has a grim gift of seeing people's souls' Don DeLillo 'One of the most important writers now at work in English -- a key thinker, in fact, in fiction' London Review of Books 'Remarkable...If all crime novels were like this one, there would no longer be the need for a genre' Ruth Rendell

Review:
John Banville?s stunning powers of mimicry are brilliantly on display in this engrossing novel, the darkly compelling confession of an improbable murderer.

Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could. Like a hero out of Nabokov or Camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, and amoral being, whose humanity is painfully on display.

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“Here is an astonishing, disturbing little novel that might have been coughed up from hell.”– The New York Times Book Review

“Ireland’s finest contemporary novelist.”– The Economist

The Book of Evidence is a major new work of fiction in which every suave moment calmly detonates to show the murderous gleam within.”–Don DeLillo

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Book Description: Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 197 x 130 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. Freddie Montgomery has committed two crimes. He stole a small Dutch master from a wealthy family friend, and he murdered a chambermaid who caught him in the act. He has little to say about the dead girl. He killed her, he says, because he was physically capable of doing so. It made perfect sense to smash her head in with a hammer. What he cannot understand, and would desperately like to know, is why he was so moved by an unattributed portrait of a middle-aged woman that he felt compelled to steal it . Banville has excelled himself in a flawlessly flowing prose whose lyricism, patrician irony and aching sense of loss are reminiscent of Lolita Observer The Book of Evidence is a major work of fiction in which every suave moment calmly detonates to show the murderous gleam within. Banville writes a dangerous and clear-running prose and has a grim gift of seeing people s souls Don DeLillo One of the most important writers now at work in English -- a key thinker, in fact, in fiction London Review of Books Remarkable.If all crime novels were like this one, there would no longer be the need for a genre Ruth Rendell. Bookseller Inventory # AA79780330371872

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