#2 in series

Shroud

Book 2 in the series

3.65 based on 856 ratings & 74 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 11.08.2011
ISBN: 9781447207368
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

Shroud will not be easily surpassed for its combination of wit, moral complexity and compassion. It is hard to see what more a novel could do’ Irish Times

Dark secrets and reality unravel in Shroud, the second of John Banville's three novels to feature Cass Cleave, alongside Eclipse and Ancient Light.

Axel Vander, distinguished intellectual and elderly academic, is not the man he seems.

When a letter arrives out of the blue, threatening to unveil his secrets – and carefully concealed identity – Vander travels to Turin to meet its author. There, muddled by age and alcohol, unable always to distinguish fact from fiction, Vander comes face to face with the woman who has the knowledge to unmask him, Cass Cleave. However, her sense of reality is as unreliable as his, and the two are quickly drawn together, their relationship dark, disturbed and doomed to disaster from its very start.

In the media

Banville is merciless in the details . . . he has a gift for enigmatic clarity.
Daily Telegraph
A moving and shockingly intimate record of life lost and found again.
Time Out
The narrative frequently takes on the qualities of a dream, writhing with pursuits and escapes, peopled by shape-shifters and avatars, subject to its own climatic and topographical realities.
Guardian