I am fascinated by stories that has characters with dark sides, but the types we don't know if we should pity or condemn. Russell did a great job on that with his central character. Reminds me of troubled character of Gavin in Triple Agent Double Cross. How do we judge the weirdos as victims of circumstances or the real perpetrators that their acts depict them to be? This is a brilliantly written book with a classy plot,amazing characterization and narration that makes it he page-turner it is.