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Pick-Up by Charles Willeford
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This book is interesting because a significant portion of it hangs on the last line - in fact, it's one of those books that turns (or tries to turn) everything over in the last few words. It works, kind of, but the effect is somewhat cheap and tries to change what the book is "about." Close, but not quite a success.

Aside from the content-shifting twist, the plot is very similar to Jean-Paul Sartre's story "The Wall," which is basically an existentialist thought-problem in narrative form. The two together are too neat, and too contrived to be fully effective. However, that may be asking too much of a noir novel - while it doesn't satisfy on every level, in terms of a good read, it's fun and exciting and certainly worth picking up.
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