Brighton Rock is another Greene about the need to protect innocence from itself. Unlike some of his other works, there are clear winners and losers here: in a battle fought between the life-affirming and the damned, the former a left with the higher ground. But the character immersion is on the side of the damned, as the reader is compelled to see fully and emphasize with the cynical streetwise nature of the villains. Pinkie is a testament to the deprived. He is always just out of reach for love and joy, just a step away from redemption. May we, as a world, do better for such people. But until we do; we watch them set the world on fire, and lastly themselves, too.