“Pinkie, a seventeen- year-old gangster, takes over the mob after the murder of his mentor and the mob boss Kite. He holds Charles "Fred" Hale responsible for Kite's death, so when Hale comes to Brighton he organizes his murder. everything seems to be OK till the good-natured Ida Arnold, who was with Hale in his last hours, gets suspicious and sets her mind to finding the murderer. It gets even more complicated when Rose, a waitress who can ruin Pinkie's alibi, gets involved.
It's a classic Greene, containing two of his favorite themes, the nature of right and wrong and the Catholicism. Pinkie and Rose are Catholics, therefore believe in salvation and damnation. while Ida believes in morality and the notion of right and wrong. The whole book is somehow the clash between these two views. Pinkie ,the antihero, is all evil. He is the youngest member of the mob and it's not clear why all the others chose to follow him but when it comes to his acts and the evil he is capable of, it seems quite natural for him to be the leader. Rose is a naive sixteen-year-old who is in love with Pinkie though she knows about his crimes. Telling the truth I can't see why Rose is this much in love with Pinkie. there's no reason for her to love him. She doesn't even know him so well. But they complete each other, as Pinkie keeps reminding himself. they are like two forces that balance each other. Ida, as the third party, is a moral person. she chooses to follow Hale's case because she believes it's the right thing to do. She follows her instinct and it leads her to Pinkie. It's painful to watch Pinkie's futile attempts to save himself while Ida tightens the noose around his neck with every move.
I should confess that while I am a moral person and believe in rights and wrongs I didn't like Ida to win.At some points I even wanted to shake her hard telling her to leave them alone and let them be but ,as you may guess, it's not the case and Ida seems to be the winning side in the end. ”
Negar wrote this review Friday, May 25, 2012.