If you like your crime very noir, very hard-boiled and very Swansea Jack, then this is the novel for you. The Rent Man is riven with deliciously black humour and the almost-touchable caustic atmosphere of decaying urban Wales. The humour stems from the sort of ironical, despairing world-view summed up in Raymond Chandler’s remark: “It is not funny that a man should be killed, but it is sometimes funny that he should be killed for so little.”