Congratulations to Ralph Peters on his achievement (under the pen name of Owen Parry) in Faded Coat of Blue. He can't write a bad sentence. The only atmosphere in another mystery this thick is Raymond Chandler's. I usually skim along, guessing (not always correctly) the end of sentences I've begun. I couldn't do that with Faded Coat of Blue, where there's usually an unusual turn of phrase in each sentence as Peters gives his narrator a unique voice. I enjoyed it very much and found it inspiring. Peters has a real gift for language.