An undemanding beach or airplane thriller.
Readable, but only recommended for Vance completists.
Moderately interesting, but never really engaging.
Interesting, well written, and a welcome look at another side of Vance.
Worth reading for any reader of the trilogy, but it's not as effective a book as its predecessor.
Well-written, easy reading, massive book, and worth a look whether you like crime fiction or not.
Not as effective as it could have been.