A true classic noir book. It is about a novella size, which I have said before is probably the most consistently perfect size for most stories. This is a story of obsession, murder and retribution. A story of shabby, low rent people doing awful things. There is really only one character in this entire book who seems like a good guy. Spoiler for those who don't know anything about how noir books work, he gets murdered pretty quickly. Everyone else, and I mean everyone, is a complete piece of irredeemable crap. All of the people, places and things in this book are seedy and run down. I loved it. I cant wait to read more Cain. Along with Jim Thompson,Cain stands at the pinnacle of the Noir subgenre.