How to classify this oddity? The publisher's blurb refers to it as suspense but the only suspense I encountered was waiting for the story to get started. Calvino tantalizes the reader with an interminable game of cat & mouse (or more accurately bait & switch). There may be one story or perhaps two stories -- or possibly no story at all. The book promises a noir-flavored atmosphere, a deserted railway station, a missed connection, a mystery. But what actually materializes in a one-ended conversation, the author breaking the fourth wall every couple of pages, addressing the reader. Calvino, a clever fellow, seemed to be having fun. I wasn't.