We all have stories to tell, the difference is that we don't all have the ability to tell them; Al Saltalamachea does and he has done so masterfully in "Who Owns the Night". The stories when taken together represent what life is so often, for so many. The characters of the fiction pieces, which are composites of people the author has known, are compelling. The autobiographical content reflects the highs and lows that many will relate to. Childhood, parenting, the passing of family and friends, divorce and life alone are all explored from a very personal perspective that so many will understand and appreciate. Don't look for consistency here, the contents reflect the gamut of emotions; joy, anger, betrayal, pride, resignation and quite often love. If you've lived, you probably felt them all and so has the author. Once you start reading it, you won't stop.