When I'm not reading these I forget how gore-y they are. Which I don't like. But I love the world and the simplicity of it—along with, you know, the complexity. This book has two stories. The first is about a heartbreaker and I wondered if anyone would be left alive in the town by the end. The second just is a heartbreaker. An administrative mistake (as when the cops do a dawn raid on the wrong house) leaves a girl an orphan. How she manages to survive is horrible, fluky, and has huge consequences. Too much blood floating around, but great all the same.