He's given up his career as a journalist to write an authorized biography of his father-in-law, communications magnate and former CIA agent Big Bill Mulholland. He works in a big office in Mulholland Tower, rent-free, and goes home most nights to his wealthy and well-preserved wife, Wild Bill's daughter.
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He misses his old life sometimes, but all in all things have turned out well. But when his shifty young researcher--a man he calls "The Lemur"--turns up some unflattering information about the family, Glass's whole easy existence is threatened. Then the young man is murdered, and it's up to Glass to find out what The Lemur knew, and who killed him, before any secrets come out--and before any other bodies appear. Shifting from s Dublin to contemporary New York, the masterful crime writer Benjamin Black returns in this standalone thriller--a story of family secrets so deep, and so dangerous, that anyone might kill to keep them hidden.
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Paperback , pages. Published June 24th by St. Martins Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Lemur , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Full disclosure here, after reading the announcement that John Banville writing as Benjamin Black would write as Raymond Chandler for a new Philip Marlowe novel I decided the scenario was too ridiculous for words and had to read what something so schizophrenic might be like before he ruins Chandler.
And boy was I suprised, this is one of the worst pices of fiction I've ever read, it's lazy and unimaginitive and deadly boring. The only plus I could point to is that the guy can evoke a sense of pla Full disclosure here, after reading the announcement that John Banville writing as Benjamin Black would write as Raymond Chandler for a new Philip Marlowe novel I decided the scenario was too ridiculous for words and had to read what something so schizophrenic might be like before he ruins Chandler.
The only plus I could point to is that the guy can evoke a sense of place, but if you can't evoke a sense of New York in your writing you may as well give up and become a traffic warden or something. The characters are cliches and uninspired.
The tedious Dan Brown endings to chapters are obvious and the only paragraphs that contain plot movement. For crime fiction there's no mystery and only lip service paid to the crime. For a thriller there are no thrills. The entire work reads like a half baked attempt to capture the essence of Martin Amis that failed miserably. Give it a miss, just don't bother considering it at all and pray that he does a better job with Philip Marlowe.
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View all 8 comments. May 12, Connie G rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , new-york. John Glass used to be a cutting edge investigative reporter in Ireland. But he sold his soul when he married into a wealthy New York family who are hiding secrets. His father-in-law, owner of a communications company and a former CIA spook, hired him to write his biography. Glass is working in an upscale office on the 39th floor of a building owned by his father-in-law, surrounded by glass windows--but he is afraid of heights.
He is miserable and dizzy in his posh location. Glass is considering h John Glass used to be a cutting edge investigative reporter in Ireland.
Glass is considering hiring a researcher to do background work for the biography. A few days later he receives a threatening phone call from the strange researcher the Lemur that he has discovered some scandalous information, and demanding money to keep things quiet.
The novella shows a family seduced by wealth and power. Even though they are living an upper class life, they are not enjoying it. The mystery itself is not too exciting, but the flawed characters in the family are well portrayed. This was originally a serialized novella in the New York Times Magazine.
I read it as a "waiting room" book while accompanying relatives to appointments since it was a short book that easily fit into my purse. View 2 comments. Aug 20, Aric rated it it was ok. Somewhere around the end of the first chapter I started feeling like this book was going to be a disappointment.
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And that feeling never really went away. I wanted to like it, but I never cared about any of the characters and the plot twists were more like plot leaps, having little connection to what had come before. View 1 comment. Apr 25, Frank rated it it was amazing Shelves: irish-authors. In his Benjamin Black books, however, things are a little more plain and straight-forward.
Her real-life father, film director John Huston—a naturalised Irish citizen—makes a cameo appearance to announce the main theme of the book. Naturally, there are skeletons to be found in the closet of a master spy turned business mogul, though they will certainly never be revealed in an authorised biography.
Glass is, despite his reputation as a world-class investigative journalist, quite clueless.
badfofernatifo.cf My immediate impression was not that he was Irish, but rather Jewish—an impression no doubt derived from the famous family featured in most of J. Apr 26, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it it was ok Shelves: all-fiction , miss-trees. Fairly good writing but totally lame mystery.
One of the thinnest plots I've ever encountered. I thought the physical description of "The Lemur" made him sound more like a marmoset, but I won't belabor mammalian classification. One good line I got from this book: "The internet is not the world, my dear. The hero of The Lemur is John Glass, a one-time investigative journalist who has grown soft through his marriage into money. Not wanting to do too much donkey work himself, Glass hires a researcher — the eponymous Lemur. The Lemur is a very tall, very thin young man The hero of The Lemur is John Glass, a one-time investigative journalist who has grown soft through his marriage into money.
Pretty soon, the Lemur does indeed die, and the last person he called before being shot in the eye with a small calibre bullet, probably a Beretta, is John Glass. Ordinarily, this would lead to a certain amount of dramatic tension, a hero desperate to prove his innocence, possibly a cliffhanging ending. So who did kill the Lemur? What does it all have to do with Big Bill Mulholland? Who cares?
This is the result. I bought it because I had nothing to read on a bus journey, and I had nearly finished it by the time I reached my destination an hour or so later.