it's a strange, bleak novel - bleak look at people, really. I like it, not quite sure if we're matching The Spoilt Kill here...that was a little more accessible, or something. but the author writes in a unique fashion. I must say that the detailed descriptions of how the metalworks, uh, works, are sometimes hard to visualize; through Skip giving Allie tours, I'm certainly reading about the entire, complex process. it's also a dangerous place to work, if you are not careful.