This book was better than I expected it to be, after picking it up on an audible.com sale the other day. I wasn't impressed at first- the dialogue has too much wise ass attitude between characters for my taste. I'm never fond of dialogue in which characters constantly one up each other with witty banter. But I eventually forgave the author his fault as the plot picked up. It's an interesting story with enjoyable characters. I'm always a sucker for a plot involving a sympathetic mob boss. The most annoying character by far is Murphy, who I imagine is being set up as the eventual central love interest in a Sam and Diane sort of way. Are we somehow supposed to find her attitude endearing? She was more repulsive to spend time with than the villain.