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Haunting novel by a modern master

The Silver Swan, By Benjamin Black, Picador, €23

24th November, 2007

The Silver Swan, By Benjamin Black, Picador, €23

There’s a tendency in crime fiction, as sometimes happens in life, to forget the victims. A victim is often just a launching point, the discovery of a corpse simply a plot device designed to engage the interest of the protagonist.

So it may seem at first in The Silver Swan, when Dublin pathologist Quirke is visited by an old college acquaintance after the apparent suicide...

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