Very interesting story, of course not written well once brought into this day and time nor is it appropriate. However, back in the day it was acceptable and the way it was back then. One trope is where he keeps calling him a boy when in fact they were grown men. Max and Al are clearly represented as pure evil. There description alone leads one to believe describing the derby hats and trench coats which are both good representations of noir. Nick clearly doesn’t make much sense of evil or why there is evil!