Best novel I've read in a long while. Hilleman has discovered how to make the fictional autobiography work without inducing monotony. (Rather like my novel, The Truth Of It: Amelia Earhart's Private Journal, if I can insert a shameless plug.) A strong voice in a distinctive character who lives an eventful life. He's also tied the story to the great issues of the early 1900's: obscene wealth amid object poverty, political corruption, and an unjust legal system. You don't pity Pat Crowe, the outlaw protagonist, you don't sympathize with his choices in life, but you end up admiring his dogged determination to live a life rejecting the roles his society tried to force him into. This one really is a page turner. Get it.