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Faber has acquired April in Spain, the sumptuous, sun-kissed follow up to the bestselling Snow from the Booker Prize-winning author John Banville.

Publishing Director Angus Cargill acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Alba Ziegler-Bailey at the Wylie Agency. Faber will publish on 7 October 2021.

In the idyllic city of San Sebastián on the northern coast of Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke is struggling to relax – despite the beaches, the cafes and his disarmingly lovely wife. So when he glimpses a familiar face in the twilight at the bar Las Arcadas, it’s hard, at first, to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him. Could she really be who he thinks she is, and be connected to the crime which nearly brought ruin to an Irish political dynasty?

Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home and Detective St John Strafford is soon dispatched to Spain. But he’s not the only one en route: as a terrifying hitman hunts down his prey, they are all set for a brutal showdown.

Publishing Director Angus Cargill said:

After the bestselling Snow, it’s so exciting to see John continue his new crime series with Detective Strafford, as he and Quirke find themselves caught between a mysterious woman and a memorably nasty hitman, all played out against the gorgeously evoked backdrop of the Bay of Biscay.

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of eighteen novels, including SnowThe Book of EvidenceThe Sea, which won the 2005 Booker Prize, and the Quirke Series of crime novels under the pen name Benjamin Black. Other major prizes he has won include the Franz Kafka Prize, the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature and the Prince of Asturias Award. He lives in Dublin.

Photo credit: Douglas Banville