I found this a very interesting book. The crime is never solved, though the speaker has a good idea of who did it. What fascinates me more about this book is how neighborhoods develop and progress in the eyes of children growing up in those neighborhoods, and how this adult views the events of his childhood. It is well written, and actually caused some introspection on my part-what was my childhood like compared to this? I remember close neighborhoods, evenings spent playing with little to no supervision. My childhood neighborhoods lacked the trauma the one in the book suffered. It is hard for me to quantify in words why I liked this book so much. It could be because it feels as though the speaker is having one of those conversations I find myself in of late, the ones that start with "do you remember so and so back when this happened?" or "were you there when this happened back in..." It could be because the speaker is close to my age-not quite middle aged, not fresh into adulthood, with a family and work to occupy his days and thoughts of his children's futures to occupy his nights. It is a book I was able to read at my leisure-not so fast paced I didn't want to put it down, but not slow, either. The pacing was exactly as I like it, and it flowed very naturally, like a conversation over tea with old friends.
I recommend this book for people who like mysteries, who like retrospective books, and who like books set in reality but that are still fictional.