These two novellas by the author of Bright Morning are interesting-- each for itself, but especially side by side. A Private Anger is a study of a man playing God. Flight and Pursuit follows the course of a man playing nobody. The first is the Bridge of San Luis Rey theme- the planned demise of selected citizens by a paranoid ex ""powder man"" who has intricately wired a whole town to get at his enemies. The second is much better-- a revelation of how to disappear so completely that the normal world doesn't know you're gone and the underworld can't find you. Character development for major and minor figures is well done in both selections-- and if it isn't great writing, it's at least good storytelling.