This was probably my least favorite of the Criminal books to date. It takes quite some time for the story to ramp up, and I took such an instant dislike to the viewpoint character that it was too long for me. And while the cover character, Iris, is the very image of a classic femme fatale, she was a little lacking in depth for me. All that said, once the story does pick up, it gets very interesting, very fast. And that ending... Wow. It certainly isn't the best thing Brubaker's done, but it ends up being a riveting read despite a slow start.