As in his previous books, Brenner writes of his experiences with a salty blend of directness, humor, and cynicism. Many of his reminiscences of his youth in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood strike a responsive chord in the reader. On the negative side, a great deal of the humor is scatological and tasteless, which tends to make the book uneven at best. There are some touching sequenceswhen Brenner describes his conversations with long-term prisoners and when he openly admits his battle to overcome a drug habit. Throughout, one senses that the author is most proud of his image as a tough street youth and as a person who never backed away from a fight. Not a necessary purchase. Samuel Simons, Memorial Hall Lib., Andover, Mass.