Edward Bunker lived a life of crime from a young age through middle age. I reviewed his memoir, Education of a Felon, awhile back. He knows whereof he speaks in this novel of a trio of ex-cons back on the street getting back into the life. Most of the crime fiction I've read (admittedly a fairly small sampling) deals more with those trying to stop or solve the crimes. This book simply follows the criminals on a series of (let's call them) "capers." There's very little grey area here; this is a very dark, authentic look at those on the underside of society. Well-written (although the author's voice and opinions occasionally come through in the voice of his characters), grim, and violent, Bunker's novel never let me down. I particularly liked the ending **Spoiler Alert** where the surviving members of the trio are taken down through mistaken identity on a matter totally unrelated to their previous (rather serious) crimes. I know several of Bunker's books have been the basis of films; this would make a good one.