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'Runyonesque' is the best way to describe these vignettes of marginalized people in 1950's NYC. And that adjective also explains why someone thought the stories would be a good basis for a Broadway Musical (they weren't).
I didn't have a chance to finish this book, but I really enjoyed the anecdotes about bizarre personalities living in NYC in the 1950s. The author writes in an easy, entertaining manner, and his subjects are worthy of their own novels.