...this is a really, really good book.
Okay, so I heard the author interviewed on NPR, and he seemed interesting and I like literary crime novel type thingies. And this sucker just blew me away. I love the characters, the generosity of spirit this book has towards everyone in it, even as it exposes their frailties--and that goes for New York City as well as for the people.
It's mostly very spare, carrying itself almost entirely on dialogue, and the dialogue is great.
Possibly the best book I've read so far this year.