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Very little astounds Peter McGarr, the head of the Irish police's elite murder squad. But on this chilly, foul night when he is called to the sumptuous home of Brian Herrick, McGarr is astonished by what he sees. Sprawled over a table lies Brian Herrick, keeper of Dublin's famous Marsh's Library. He is naked and dead. In a room remarkably similar to Marsh's Library - rightVery little astounds Peter McGarr, the head of the Irish police's elite murder squad. But on this chilly, foul night when he is called to the sumptuous home of Brian Herrick, McGarr is astonished by what he sees. Sprawled over a table lies Brian Herrick, keeper of Dublin's famous Marsh's Library. He is naked and dead. In a room remarkably similar to Marsh's Library - right down to the oak bookshelves laden with exquisite, irreplaceable volumes - one item is anachronous. A video camera sits in a corner. It seems that beyond rare books, Herrick had an even rarer love for "blue" videos - homemade and based on the poems of Jonathan Swift. Herrick's final episode is still in the camera. With the help of McGarr's young wife, Noreen, a spirited devote of Irish culture and an art dealer, McGarr scours the works of Jonathan Swift for leads that are as concealed as the twisted desires of the human libido. Bizarre and erotic, The Death of an Ardent Bibliophile is set against contemporary Dublin and the Ireland of Swift's time, a period more akin to our own than we might want to admit. And once again, Bartholomew Gill delivers a cunning, literary mystery infused with wisdom, scholarly intelligence, and irrepressible Irish humor....

Title : The Death of an Ardent Bibliophile
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ISBN : 9780380722068
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Death of an Ardent Bibliophile Reviews

  • Jan C
    2019-03-18 16:36

    Covers the investigation of the death of a Swift scholar. This lets the author bring in a lot of quotes from Swift. Not sure if it includes his infamous quote about letting the Irish eat their young if they are so hungry (this was satirical).

  • Carmen
    2019-03-16 16:31

    2.5 stars. A story with three misogynists: Swift, the victim, and the author...

  • Elizabeth Desole
    2019-03-12 14:44

    It was one of those books that I kind of enjoyed, but didn't think it was a good book. Although marginally about the death of a Swift scholar, the Swift references seemed a bit of an afterthought. The book, in general, was so over the top that it became almost cloying (like the smell of a too long dead body perhaps?)The police are really quite imbecilic which was a bit annoying. I mean, who would drink the alcohol next to a dead body at a suspicious death scene? ANd not one but 2!! detectives do it. Maybe Dubliners really are that far gone to the drink, but it was a really unflattering portrayal. Actually I thought all the characters were unlikeable ( and not necessarily in an interesting way). And many of them didn't come together as a believable whole I guess it was more like a 2 1/2 star book. Not bad to read if it happens to be around but I wouldn't go out of my way at all to get it

  • Marcie
    2019-03-18 14:46

    Having discovered Gill in the early 90's, I'd read the majority of his books. His characters are fleshed out and he is one of the few authors who will drive me to pull out a dictionary for the occasional word. He is brilliant at describing the environs of Ireland. That said, I found myself having to skip paragraphs and pages in this particular book. It read more like a Ph.D. dissertation on Jonathan Swift - who as it turns out, was a vastly unpleasant man. Sadly, this was not one of Gill's better tales.

  • Erin
    2019-03-09 20:30

    Picked this up off the free shelf at the library because of the literary aspect and because I've been on a mystery kick lately. It's set in Dublin, so I recognized a few of the touristy references (like Marsh's Library) from visiting. I liked the Jonathan Swift tie-in but wasn't really interested in the detectives or their personalities and backstories, so I don't think I'll be looking up more in this series. Back to the free shelf it goes.

  • Zeny
    2019-03-18 17:36

    I had to pass this book unfinished. I had high hopes for this murder mystery and the rich background of once of the characters being a book conservator and admirer of Jonathan Swift. The use of art and literary history as backdrop to the bleak and mysterious atmosphere of Dublin was what drew me to this book. But the unnecessary back-stories of Ruthie and Noreen just bored me out. The language, too, was rather stiff.

  • Steph (loves water)
    2019-03-10 12:52

    Started out OK, love stories about the Garda and Murder Squad, however, I'm sure I walked in in the middle of the series and had no idea what the deal was with Noreen, Ruth, Ward, etc. I knew from the beginning who the murderer was, which is also disappointing. Not bad, but I don't think I'll be recommending it to anyone.

  • Mary
    2019-02-20 20:44

    I believe I read a Bartholomew Gill once before; it didn't stick with me so I wasn't likely too impressed. This was rather interesting--the Jonathan Swift tie-in was clever...not up to the level of 'The Dante Club', but an amusing read. I will likely read more in this series.

  • Dy
    2019-02-25 12:28

    I like this Irish spin on the English police procedural. It's much lighter and more fun, but still sticks with the facts and solves the case. A fun romp and an author I may have to read more of. (Truly, I only picked it up because of the word "bibliophile" in the title. Glad I did.)

  • Lori
    2019-02-23 20:46

    Pretty good, a different of death and life styles

  • Laura
    2019-03-12 14:40

    Wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars.