I enjoyed sharing headspace with this (very) flawed-seeming narrator. Savagely funny and dark, but there's a lightness of touch and subtlety with Dan Fante. Lots of bits that had me smiling to myself, while reading it on the bus. And other bits that almost had me averting my eyes. The character is a kind of cultured but ordinary-seeming guy who's, well, having a lock-in at the last-chance saloon seems the best way to describe him. A limousine driver with a past of heavy alcoholism, and a bit of a writer in private. Brilliant - very raw and personal.