Noir erotica written by one of the best in the business. The lost first crime novel by Lawrence Block is centered around a violent man with violent ambitions; Don Brasher, after accidentally murdering his wife makes a run for it to Buffalo where he dons a new personality and becomes a gangster and hired gun for the local mob outfit. However, his escape from murder leads him down a bloody path full of bodies and bullet holes - it's one hell of a ride that's everything a noir enthusiast could hope for; violence, exploitation, dames and dues. I ate up every bite with relish. 5 / 5 stars.