The Irishman John Banville is one of my favorite writers. Moody, anguished, inventive. Here he is in a new incarnation as Benjamin Black, writer of fine, moody, anguished, inventive mysteries. This is his first and I recommend it highly. I finished it on the way home from Bozeman. Also finished David McCullough's A Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. Every single page was a feast. What would I give to have been in Paris in the 19th century when it was THE place to be. Wonderful.