As Hammett puts it: “He felt like somebody had taken the lid off life and let him look at the works”. Flitcraft realizes that the world isn’t the sane and orderly place he thought it was, that he’s had it all wrong from the beginning and never understood the first thing about it. The world is governed by chance. Randomness stalks us every day of our lives, and those lives can be taken from us at any moment - for no reason at all.
— Paul Auster - Oracle Night