This is one of those situations when I wish I really was a master at writing. JF Smith pleases me in so many ways using a quiet, well versed style that neither glosses over the details nor gets bogged down with wordiness. There's a clean flowing rhythm to his story telling that just takes the reader where he wants them to go and the flashback are not annoying. Jack the new inmate is in a world of hurt unless he can find a way to navigate the pitfalls of prison life. Adder is a one man wrecking crew Jack fears and respects. The Fence & Then The Trees had me worried most of the time with a delicious tension that made this something I could not put down. Win-win!