And okay, I wrote that paragraph when I hadn't finished the book, so I am calmer now.
Interesting choice to make Cass an actual paranoid schizophrenic (or whatever). And there's enough sane sounding stuff about Evil etc. that we're always kept a little off balance as to whether there really are dark (and/or good) forces at work. And then we get the court trial, which is one of the best sections of the entire book -- and sustained far longer than any other best sections.
"Let the record show that defense counsel made an admirably dramatic entrance due to lack of a taxicab."
[And it occurs to me while reading: Upjohn missed a Sunday -- because he was kissing Lil -- so does the narrative condemn that incident, despite Upjohn's words? My instinct is that I'm just reading too deeply, but hey, food for thought.]