"Milton smirks '...the usual account within one working day, if you please."
Satan, drawn by Gustave Doré in Milton's Paradise Lost.
Public DomainSatan, drawn by Gustave Doré in Milton's Paradise Lost. - Credit: Gustave Dor

It is unlikely that he is called Milton by accident. John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost depicts the antagonistic forces of good and evil, God and Satan. In Paradise Lost Lucifer is the fallen angel, as indeed is Milton in Half-lives a deserter of the righteous cause. The character Smoke, of course, rears up from the sulphurous flames of hell. With a gold coin in one pocket and a gun in the other, he could well be a modern incarnation of death.