From: Ed Lynskey ( e_lynskey@yahoo.com)
Date: 18 Jul 2007

A HHC reprint of a 1962 issue from Random House, 361 is a noir with a hardboiled tone. Ray Kelly musters out of the Air Force and meets his dad in New York City.

On the way home to Birmingham, a drive-by shooting leaves his dad shot dead and Ray in the hospital, both ankles crushed and one eye missing. What ensues is a sinuous route of blood payback, family revelations, self-doubt, and mob violence. I like Westlake's ease with dialogue. All in all, a satisfying read.


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