I really struggled with this book. There were so many things about it that were appealing. The new take on pulpy noir writing certainly jumped out at me. I am a fan of noir, even when it gets a little campy, so I liked the idea that the story has a nice shadowy edge to it. And the characters are really well developed, particularly Sam. I felt like we were really able to tap into his feelings. The characters had depth and dimension, and I thought the writing itself was interesting.
Where I seemed to struggle was the organization and flow of the plot. I felt like the rhythm of the story changed part way through the book. There were so many strange things going on throughout the story, and I never really felt like I got good resolution on all of them. The resolutions we do get felt a little forced, or rushed maybe. All I know is, in the end, I was left a little unsatisfied.
I think this book will appeal to fans of noir crime writing, and fans of dark mysteries.