I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Stevens writes as if he were Stanley, as if he had lived this life himself, which is a very good thing. You are drawn into the book from the very beginning, which has quite a humorous scene that made me laugh out loud. From then on, I kept reading and didn't put it down until I was finished.
This book had different tones throughout: In the beginning it was rather humorous and lighthearted, (especially the parts with his nephew, who wants to be a P.I. like his uncle); but as the book progressed it became more serious, until the final chapters, when there was very little humor at all. It were as if I were watching a child progress into an adult - which isn't a bad thing - and it seemed correct for the book. The characters were written so that you were engaged with them and cared about their lives, which is how a book should be. Kudos to Mr. Stevens and I look forward to reading more of his work.