Usually, after having read three books from any one author (in this case, all the books he’s published) I feel I can safely say that I’m starting to get an idea of what he or she is all about. With Robert Jackson Bennett, this is far from being the case. His first two offerings, Mr. Shivers and The Company Man, were vastly different books; one a sublime horror tale set in America of the Great Depression, the other a twisted noir investigation. With his third work, Bennett takes us somewhere else again, setting-wise of course, but more notably, thematically. At times dazzling, eerie, touching, but always captivating, The Troupe is Bennett continuing to prove his mettle as a writer of fine fiction, and redefining the notion of ‘versatile writer’ as we know it.