I missed this short, punchy slice of pure noir when it arrived in audio last year. Better late than never. Its antihero, Eddie, is a slow-thinking guy who has spent most of his young life practicing to be the perfect getaway car driver. Via a series of starts and stops, he becomes pretty much the best: talented, extremely focused, and unflaggingly loyal to his fellow robbers—until he falls under the spell of a femme fatale named Vonda. Andrew Vachss’ style raises the story a few notches higher than the pulp paperbacks he’s saluting. And Phil Gigante’s perfectly tuned, affectless country boy narration transforms it into a nifty bit of performance art.