From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 07 May 2003

Just finished this short novel. It's moody, dark, intelligent, introspective, and noirish. Lew Griffin is a black private investigator in New Orleans. He's got a well-deserved reputation as a badass. He murders a junkie in the first few pages. There isn't a lot of emphasis on plot. Lew goes from one missing person case to another, nearly all of them with bad endings. The emphasis is on atmosphere and voice and contemplation of the human condition. Bunches of literary references.

The book did a good job of presenting race issues. Probably better than Ed Lacy, Chester Himes, and Iceberg Slim. Interesting, considering that Sallis is white.

There's a Paul Duncan interview with Sallis at the end. This book is formatted different from any other book I own. You flip it upside down and it features Sallis's MOTH.


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