Interesting characters with unique voices. A plot that is unpredictable but feels inevitable. A setting that has tone more than detail.
I’m a fan of Leonard’s work, even though I haven’t made a dedicated effort to read all of his books. This book, about a judge who wants to drive his wife away and blackmails a defendant into helping him–which naturally goes completely haywire, and stirs up a great deal of trouble–is a bit shaggy in the best way. I’m not sure what I’m going to read next, because this will be a difficult act to follow.
[Added: I had no idea there was a TV series based on this book. I’ll have to look it up.]