I just finished reading Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh. It's a short novel at 239 pages. Very good storyline and well written. The main character narrates the story, which starts in 2023 and progresses for a few years. The middle class is gone-it seems something big happened in the past but doesn't really say what/when it was. There are gangs, designer viruses, and other obstacles to live with, and at one point it just dawns on the main guy that he's living through an apocalypse. I didn't like the ending (as in the very last page) but it reads well, it's quick paced, and I recomment it highly. I'll be looking for more of this author's work.