Mallon gives us a fictionalized account of the career of Dick Kallman, an actor who had some successes on Broadway and in tv, but by 1980, he was washed up and generally regarded as an PITA. Then he got murdered in an apparent robbery. Mallon tells the tale in two parts: Kallman’s POV begins in his youth, in the fifties; the period covering his death and its aftermath is told in first person, by a pianist who had known the actor for decades. I am not very familiar with Kallman’s career or his demise, so I don’t know how many dramatic liberties Mallon took. But he’s a damn fine writer.