RavePopMattersThe essence here is not the investigation, but the murky reasons behind the crimes, and these reasons are at once nostalgic and satirical, romantic and cynical. The plot has a touch of the surreal about it ... Smoking Kills won\'t satisfy you if you\'re looking for a fast-paced crime novel, but it works—and impressively well—in all other respects: the writing here is light, distinctive and drenched with irony. The narrator\'s laconic and sometimes downright insulting comments on everything that surrounds him make for a cynical joy to read ... The book\'s constant interplay between themes of personal and social freedom is not just delightful, it\'s also distinctly adult and unassuming ... factoring in one of the most savage, most gloriously satisfying endings I\'ve read in ages, I can\'t help but recommend this book for what it is: a gem.