If this book had ever been filmed the part of Det. Lt. Steve Lambert would have been perfect for Lawrence Tierney. Lambert is a corrupt cop and a worse human being. As the book opens he is being abusive to his 18 year old girlfriend and quickly segues into taking a bribe to usher some poor slob into the the electric chair for a murder he didn\'t commit while at the same time raping said slob\'s wife just to top off his day.
The characters don\'t have tremendous depth but they do the job.
The writing is typical hard boiled noir prose that makes for an entertaining page turner in the fifties style where the sex is more suggested than explicit and everybody talks like they\'re in a black and white movie. In other words it\'s perfect if your tastes run to films made between 1940 and 1960 and you\'re just looking for a few laughs instead of literature.
I enjoyed it quite a bit so I\'ll be looking for other books by Jonathan Craig when I\'m in the mood for a similar fix.