A gritty noir tale about a private
investigator and a brutal killer playing a cat-and-mouse game that culminates in an Old West showdown, Klavan's thriller is suspenseful and cinematically told. The protagonists are complex -- Weiss, the beaten-down but noble P.I., and Bishop, the antihero with heart --
and both possess a streak of goodness that shines throughout the bleak events that unfold.
His only allies are Bishop, a hardened, selfish thug who nevertheless feels a loyalty to Weiss, and the eager young apprentice at the agency, who foolhardily yet nobly throws himself into the fray, determined to become a man to admire. (HARCOURT, Sep., 320 pp., $24.00)