The main character was neither intelligent nor particularly admirable. The storyline had promise, but the use of Booth in the story seemed contrived ..Show More »and the "twist" at the end was, imo, stupid. Either the main character was stupid regarding ballistics (and trajectories of bullets) or he was stupid in believing the tale provided him at the end. The "mother was a slave" scenario was equally contrived. None of the women seemed particularly intelligent, enterprising or even self sufficient.