This is almost a total classic. It's fucking awesome, right up until the very end. And that's unfortunate, because the ending needs to be strong. Something about those last couple chapters...it feels like he wrote them at a different time or something. They don't gel with the rest of the book. He needs to die. He needs to be killed going after the treasure and by his friend. That fits with the rest of the novel. What doesn't fit is all the stuff about those two daughters that appears out of nowhere and feels like it's from a romance novel or something. Eek. Otherwise, this is an amazing book. It's too bad some people think it's almost as good as War & Peace because it's actually much better. If the ending were somehow different, it would be an absolute classic.