I read this not long after it first came out, and enjoyed it greatly. I did always like Leonard's snappy dialogue-driven stories, and this one has a particularly light touch. There was one scene near the end that just about had me rolling on the floor with laughter. A good part of the humor and cleverness of the story comes from the way that the characters get drawn into Hollywood thinking, even if at the start they didn't intend to; they get increasingly unsure whether they're playing a part, and start acting as if they're in a movie. And it's a story that's constantly retelling itself. Can you sort out life and script, when the people themselves can't?