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Patrick AndersonBetween crimes, we move to the great strength of the novel: Hogan's portrait of four criminals and their world. Doug is the brains of the gang: He plots robberies the way other ambitious young men plot corporate takeovers. He wants out of Charlestown, but he can never quite resist one last score. He and the others bitterly resent the yuppies and developers who are changing their world. Hogan's sharp, often bawdy dialogue, his scenes of the four friends alternating between affection, suspicion and fury at one another; his sketches of their long-suffering mothers and girlfriends; his glimpse of the old mob chief who lurks in the background -- are all first-rate.
— The Washington Post