This wasn't bad, except for it's another example of ridiculous ideals of romance. I'm getting sick of the whole The-woman-mistreats-the-guy-completely-but-it's-all-ok-because-they-love-each-other-nonsense.
However, the world is very well imagined, and most of the story is pretty good.
Not bad, just not very good. Sure, it's hackneyed and cliche, but that's not the bad part. The bad part is the stupidity of the main character and the idea that the reader is stupid enough to go along with it.
The characters are enjoyable, at times even compelling. However, there's some serious flaws to this story. If you have read the first two, then you really should read the third - after that, well... it's up to you.
Andrew Vachss is one of my fave authors hes so brutal and honest in his writing, and his characters are almost always criminals with a sense of honour. This is a collection of short stories, plus a novella, some about Cross and his crew (basically a gang of bizarre characters who merc out different jobs), some about others, and some about a semi-scifi setting called The Underground. Quite good stuff, I enjoyed most of the stories. He has a brutal sense of humour and it shows in his writing.