I chose to read this as I know the author. Having finished it, I wonder if I know him at all. Have I just experienced a thick, heavy slab of his own life? Who knows? The link between author and the book's lead character is that they are both actors, both known to the world, but both able to live anonymously to a certain degree. Knowing Duncan, it is hard not to picture him as the main protagonist. But I'd like to think that that is where the crossover ends as the lead in In Between Jobs is a somewhat difficult man to like at times, despite moments when he is as charitable and as affable as any human could ever care to be. His life, one spent immersed in drugs, drink and sex is one which may seem attractive in its carefree 24/7 'please-yourself' nature to the reader peripheral to his dealings, but his existence, in reality, is a whirlpool of insecurities, dragging him to a shuddering conclusion. Once you start reading this book, it does literally grab you by the throat and speed you, willingly or not, into the seedy underbelly of his world. The momentum is breakneck it its pace, and thoroughly page-turning if at times not altogether comfortable to read. The book, written in the first-person, is gritty, sordid, vivid and compelling on so many levels. I enjoyed it hugely. NM.