This is an excellent debut crime novel from Patrick Quinlan. Smoke Duggan is a hard boiled character who does not try to explain away his old life in a criminal gang, but is haunted by his role in an incident which killed innocent women and children.
His girlfriend, Lola, and her roommate, Pamela, are great characters. Lola is the sassy girl who has used the incidents in her past to good effect. The book opens with her successfully fighting off an attempted rape, which develops into an interesting subplot in the novel. Pamela, on the other hand, yearns for adventure. A desire that is soon fulfilled, much to her dismay. Cruz, the career criminal, begins the book as an unsympathetic hit man but evolves to a more complex character in contrast to the other criminals portrayed in the book.
This is a great read and let's hope that the main characters reappear soon.