I've written and edited a short novel, it's my first one so I expect none of it to ever be published. Still, I want it to be the best it can be, and the MC has become very real to me. Sadly the MC is not someone that a reader is going to cheer for. He was, for most of his life, a very good man. As he aged he became more cynical. Then in his early 40's he falls apart and becomes a criminal. Not the "Ocean's 11" type of gentleman criminal, but the type that decides to murder someone, rob a bank, and flee the country to live off his thefts. I find that I like writing about this character, and may want to go back to the work and totally rewrite it someday. So my question for the forum revolves around how to make this character into something that can carry a book. Should I try to find a way to make him more likable? Should I go the anti-hero route and make him the type of train wreck that a reader can't look away from? Should I go "Clockwork Orange" and try to turn it into some type of social commentary? I picture my story line as a version of "Falling Down" except my character plans his acts, thinks he's smarter than everyone else, and is very deliberate whereas "Falling Down" is a spur of the moment snap and short-term quest. Other options that I haven't put out there? I've been told to kill the whole idea but I really feel there's a good story with this guy.