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This very short novel is also very nearly perfect. The protagonist, Franz, is simply existing from day to day, working for smugglers in a Central American country to make the money he needs for booze and a place to sleep. What makes the book fascinating is that Franz is not a typical noir loser; he is smart, he has charm, and women are attracted to him. He spends most of the time thinking about his past, however, his failed marriage in particular. He has no plan for the future. Gifford tells the story in short episodes of no more than a few paragraphs--in a few words doing more than many authors can in a dozen pages. Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down.