novel. The method that you reply to it will depend upon whether you want the sort of heightened language used by Benjamin Black (the guy Booker winner John Banville writing within well-publicized pseudonym). I do want it i really did benefit from the book, although I was thinking it had its flaws.
As one example of the style of A Death in Summer: A Novel, Banville describes a buffet table which includes "at its center, a mighty salmon, succulently, indecently pink, arranged on a silver salver..." Or as another example, "The priest was studying him closely again, running ghostly fingers over the Braille of Quirke's soul." I discovered this all atmospheric and evocative - which is equally well, as there is a lot of atmosphere and character and a great deal of Fine Writing but, frankly, not all much plot. What plot there is certainly, is a bit thin cover up very well-trodden ground - child abuse, the wealthy believing they can behave as they wish and so on - also it flagged pretty badly in places. However it serves well enough like a vehicle for conveying the author's character analyses and a feeling of the mores of 1950s Ireland, which generally seems to me to become the real point of the book
I figured Inspector Hackett (just a relatively minor character, sadly) an excellent creation, then there is one prolonged interview scene conducted by him which is utterly compelling and quite brilliantly done, I was thinking. Although less engaging, Black's other characters seem very real and well-drawn if you ask me and that i thought he made some penetrating observations concerning the way people think and behave.
Simply speaking, A Death in Summer: A Novel is simply not a real whodunit type of crime novel, however it is an extremely well written, thoughtful book and an enjoyable, intelligent read.