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Even In New Hands, Detective Philip Marlowe Rings True

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O'Connell Street, 1952: Dublin in the 1950s is "perfect noir territory" says writer John Banville (who writes crime fiction under the pen name Benjamin Black). The city's dark history is incorporated into his work. "I am a novelist and therefore a cannibal," he says. "I eat whatever comes near me. Everything is material." Gerry Cranham/Fox Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Sleuthing Around Dublin's Darkest Corners

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'Silver Swan' Marks a Switch to Mystery for Banville

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