I'm 131 pages in and no Mike yet, so I think you can definitely say that it could use some trimming, though I've enjoyed what I've read so far immensely. I was wondering about the mystery and almost... hoping he wouldn't go there? Because the book feels complete without it, but I guess the publisher wouldn't really want it without the mystery, so....

 

Yeah, it really felt like, "it needs a mystery to be a crime novel!" When it works so nicely as a contemporary, coming-of-age tale. Devon's an awesome narrator. How things unfold for him is great. But this half-realized mystery gets stuffed in for dramatic effect, and it's not as powerful as it could've been.