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» Who’s your favorite fictional detective? And the best villain?

Michael Connelly: It’s got to be Philip Marlowe as the detective. He had an unmatchable mixture of sardonic humor, weariness and resolve. I’ll go with Francis Dolarhyde from Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon as the villain. He remains in the shadow of Hannibal Lecter, but I find him more realistic and a reminder that these sorts of killers are more banal than genius. That makes them scarier.«

Michael Connelly

By the book: A Q & A with writer Michael Connelly (latetest novel: The Gods of Guilt). Read more at The New York Times.