This book gives the reader an introduction to Kinky and his friends. It is a flashback, covering his first forays into private investigation and his arrival at the Vandam Street loft. Not the best of his books, it tries to introduce the Greenwich Village Irregulars all at once in too much of a rush. If you want to know the origins of the characters who inhabit his novels, it is useful, but not essential. Old hippies should appreciate Abbie Hoffman's appearance as a peripheral character on the run from 'The Man'.