There's a bit of suggestion of Tortilla Flat in this story of three bums who settle in a community (in the Southwest perhaps?) and exist on the absolute minimum of work evolved by the brains of the outfit, old Jimmy. They diddle the storekeeper, acquire a brawny half wit whom they hire out, satisfy the female population on the sexual side, when necessary, do a bit of fishing, manufacture evidence to acquire a windfall, etc. Lacks the tenderness of Tortilla Flat, but is amusing in presentation of individuals against society. Not mincing nor prettified as to speech or incidents. Libraries and bookshops -- 'ware your shockeasilies!