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John Banville
Faber & Faber
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'Superb.' The Times
'Outstanding.' Irish Independent
'Exquisite.' Daily Mail

A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of 2020

'The body is in the library,' Colonel Osborne said. 'Come this way.'

Following the discovery of the corpse of a highly respected parish priest at Ballyglass House - the Co. Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family - Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate.

Strafford faces obstruction from all angles, but carries on determinedly in his pursuit of the murderer. However, as the snow continues to fall over this ever-expanding mystery, the people of Ballyglass are equally determined to keep their secrets.

'The sinister and unnerving Snow has all the trimmings of a classic country house mystery - body in the library, closed circle of suspects, foul weather - all elevated by Banville's immaculate, penetrating prose.' Peter Swanson

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John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of seventeen novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize, and the Quirke Series of crime novels under the pen name Benjamin Black. Other major prizes he has won include the Franz Kafka Prize, the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and the Prince of Asturias Award. He lives in Dublin.

Superb . . . This is crime fiction for the connoisseur.
The Times

Stylish. engrossing. a deft, penetrating study of the elaborate rituals of class and religion in post-war Ireland. Banville has taken a classic crime construct and produced a subtle, incisive novel that is superb to the last drop.

Engrossing and written in scalpel-like prose, it's an exquisite piece of literature with a crime at its heart.
Daily Mail

Banville's Booker-winning literary sensibilities make the most of Ireland's wintry countryside . . . a portrait of a country that for decades refused to look at what was hiding in plain view.

'A typically elegant country house mystery.'
Guardian (Biggest books of autumn 2020)

A well-crafted story, peopled by superbly well-drawn characters, and put together in the finest prose. Having written several of the greatest novels of all time to come out of Ireland, one comes to Banville's latest work knowing that in all likelihood it too will shine like a well-polished gem. Not unexpectedly the prose is to relish and admire. And the book is shaped and honed in a masterly fashion.
Irish Independent

[A] deceptively complex mystery with literary flourishes.[A] brilliant mix of old tropes and sadly modern evil.

What prompted the author to dispense with his pseudonym on this occasion is unimportant; what matters is his intelligent and captivating thriller which keeps the reader hooked until the final sting in the tale . . . This novel has complexity and heft. With luck it is no stand-alone case for Strafford but the first of many.
Herald Scotland

A beautifully executed, nostalgia-churning throwback that directs the occasional wink at the reader.
Shelf Awareness

An unsettling period country house murder mystery, peopled with slightly off-kilter characters
and where the snobbery comes with a religious twist. Compelling.

Sunday Times

Gorgeous prose.
Sunday Express

A hugely evocative, atmospheric tale. historical crime fiction at its finest.
Reading Matters

The sinister and unnerving Snow has all the trimmings of a classic country house mystery - body in the library, closed circle of suspects, foul weather - all elevated by Banville's immaculate, penetrating prose.
Peter Swanson

[Uses] a suspicious death as the jumping off point to examine the complexities and hypocrisies of mid-century life under the conservative de Valera regime. As astute and lyrical as any of Banville's works, Snow continues to cement the legacy of one of our greatest living writers.
CrimeReads 'Most Anticipated Books of 2020'

Banville writes a dangerous and clear-running prose and has a grim gift of seeing people's souls.
Don DeLillo

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Wexford (Ireland : County) - Fiction.|Detective and mystery stories.
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