Unfortunately. this is one of those cases I fell prey to a snazzy jacket design and paid for it with a few hours of my life. It's not a bad crime story, but the plot is overly convoluted, and it never really gets better than beach or plane reading. Prospective readers should be aware that the two main characters, Milo and Sughrue, are from earlier Crumely works, and without reading those (The Wrong Case, Dancing Bear), one is liekly missing all kinds of background and development that might make them more interesting here. Of course many readers, myself included, found nothing particularly compelling about a pair of 50+-year-old boozers and drug users. The story, which concerns the duo's hunt for a Mexican drug lord and killer, takes place in south Texas and New Mexico, an area I know little about, which also made it a little hard to get into. The narrative is first-person, switching between the two characters in alternating sections, which might have worked had the two characters hadn't been so similar. Next time I won't be suckered by the jacket and will stick to the good stuff, like George Pelecanos.