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Long on Atmosphere, Short on Story
on 20 November 2001
Long on atmosphere and short on plot or action, this slim novel ultimately disappoints. The story follows a retired government assassin who is called upon to abandon his life as a sculptor to track down a former colleague who has turned freelance. As the duo play a rather dull cat and mouse game across the backroads of America, the pursuer meditates on the lonely life of the spy. Sallis captures the depressing bleak atmosphere of small-town strip-mall America, but there's not enough a a story to make it all worthwhile.