I discovered Allan's work a couple of years ago and quickly tracked down everything I could find. I have read (or re-read) his works every few months so as to not run out before the next book/novel/novella is published. Slammer remains one of my favorites thus far and easily made my list of top reads in a year full of great work. Al has quickly become one of my top five favorite authors in a list which includes the likes of Woodrell and Winslow. If you like tight, lean writing and great dialogue, I would highly recommend Slammer and Al's work in general. I'm not a fan of the phrase "page-turner" but there is no doubt that Slammer had me hooked from the get go and kept me on the edge of my mental seat. Highly recommended work and author.