The Book of Evidence

Book in the series

3.75 based on 2601 ratings & 217 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 05.03.2010
ISBN: 9780330371872
Number of pages: 224

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 LolitaObserver

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

In the media

Banville has excelled himself in a flawlessly flowing prose whose lyricism, patrician irony and aching sense of loss are reminiscent of Lolita
Observer
One of the most important writers now at work in English - a key thinker, in fact, in fiction
London Review of Books