Like his protagonist, Black's Dublin setting is flawed, but full of character. 'I suppose I love this place,' Black says. 'I feel very odd saying it. In a way, it's the cheapest thing you can do. It's like saying, 'I love my mother,' or 'Apple pie is nice.' But I suppose I love this place in a strange, embittered kind of way, which is the best way to love somewhere I think.'