It's among my favourite of Greene's novels: tired, resigned, quietly absurd, its characters sinking into crisis. Greene's world of failing faith and shady motivations was once described as a place haunted by Englishmen going slowly to seed. Forget Brighton Rock, for me the greatest (and Greenest) of Greene's novels is the slim but brilliant story of reluctant emotional rebirth, A Burnt Out Case - a partner of sorts to The Comedians. Both are about failed states. One is out there in the Caribbean. The other is entirely internal.