I like the way the book is structured: longish sections focus on one part of Harry Starks' life, but he doesn't narrate. instead, each portion is narrated by a secondary character new to that part--and so we are always seeing and assessing the crime boss through other, ever-changing eyes. but there is always fear, eventually, and regret for getting mixed up with the man, and whatever scheme--with unforeseen repercussions--is unfolding at the time. this book kicks off a trilogy, and I suppose I may seek out the follow-ups. it's mesmerizing reading for me. real-life gangsters, the Kray twins, factor into things, now. I don't know much about them--just the rep.