Howard White There must be a term for books like this that occupy middle ground between literary and genre fiction, edging toward literary. It's ground Tartt has defined with her three novels. It didn't bother me at all that this one didn't resolve the murder at the end because the focus was really not on that, it was on Harriet and her adventures. Its really the story of this fascinating rogue child and her comical sidekick getting into life-threatening scrapes and barely escaping. It is one of the best child adventure novels for adult readers I can think of.