It's testament to Barry Graham's skill as a writer that he has managed
to distill all the classic elements of Noir into such a short, potent
story. In clean, spare prose the tale grabs you from the first page and
doesn't let up for even a second.
The protagonist, Mark, could easily
have been a creation of David Goodis or Jim Thompson if they had been
around today to utilise the full spectrum of our modern malaise. This is
the dark side of the American dream: blunt and brutal and every page is
painfully portrayed by one of the greatest practitioners of the dark
novel working today.