I enjoyed this book for three quarters of the way through. The plot was intriguing and the writing was atmospheric with some dry observations.
The last quarter, however, really let the book down. I had the strong impression that Connolly had written himself into a corner and didn't know how to conclude the story. The last quarter seemed hastily written, lacking the thoughtfulness of what preceded. Like some other reviewers, I feel that the ending was a cop out which offered no meaningful resolution to the story. As a result, I was left feeling disappointed and unsatisfied. I never did find out what happened to Lionel Maulding.