I actively disliked this book until the last disc (of 9). Even the last disc didn't save it from one star, though. I understand that the fact that I do not "appreciate" film noir--at all (even though Casablanca is one of my favorite movies)probably influenced me strongly...negatively. So if you do appreciate film noir, you might well like this quite a bit.
Back to say--Krentz did an excellent job of evoking the feel
of film noir. (Which no doubt reinforces why I didn't like it.)