Sallis seems to write almost without trying in "Long Legged Fly". Characters just pop up from Griffin's past, present and future. Of course, this would not work if it weren't for the fact that Sallis rounds each one beautifully, leaving you utterly familiar with them after only a few pages. The story skips along with several sub-plots, all emanating from previous events, and sending Griffin further into the dark rabbit-hole that is his own existence. Griffin himself (or the persona Sallis uses which adopts the name Lew Griffin) lives a double life- On the one hand he is as courageous as they come, able to scare witless several targets with the sight of his fist, yet on the other hand a total coward, backing away from the people he loves, yet pulling them into the horrific miasma of his career and fears. I give this novel four stars because, yes, Sallis scripted "Long Legged Fly" with everything a story needs. Well, almost everything. One overwhelming aspect of the book is the abundance of sheer coincedence. Lew Griffin seems to devote his time as a private detective searching for missing persons, and how many does he find? Some of Sallis' characters appear all to often and know far too much about how to contact people in order to help sucha detective! A thoroughly enjoyable, realsistic read- if somewhat harsh. After all, the truth hurts.