exceedingly, aggressively superb. I may have to go back and read the earlier “Joel Sorrell Novel”. meanwhile, the music angle has faded out for the time being...but I don’t mind, as the writing group Sorrell is trying to infiltrate is the creepiest writing group I ever heard of - though I do like Odessa (they use code names, and make you go through a dangerous Initiation phase, after you confess your fears...). Odessa seems to be a Spy movie/book fan, and I loved the barrage of Spy fiction references. I hope for Sorrell’s sake this ends more like North By Northwest, but right now it feels more like The Parallax View. and that’s creepy.