the streak of average (or worse) novels I've happened to read over several weeks has been particularly annoying, given how many truly superb novels I've been lucky enough to discover for most of the year. really got worried I was going out with a whimper--these ho-hum books and I--up until Dec. 31st. but, my worries are over, washed away, all gone--at least for the time being. The Poison Artist has saved the month; a love-struck date with page 78, tomorrow. loving this one!