A long, mock letter of dedication sets the tone and style of this burlesque version of the modern novel. The interwoven adventures and loves of Amadeo Magini, Nick Callas and Richard Plerson begin with the childhood memories of Amadeo Magini in a sort of baseball fantasy world of Brooklyn, written in a parody of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. F. Scott Fitzgerald is parodied in the post-college lives and loves of Nick Callas and Richard Pierson, the entire section sprinkled with exaggerated sentiments and quotations from Hemingway. adventures in gangland are recited with deadpan realism in a satire that could be a combination of Dos Passos and Micky Spillane. The author continually brings the names of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and other American writers into the dialogue of his characters so that the reader is ever aware of the book's intentions. But the intentions are not always successful: moments of genuine wit and humor are buried in tiresome passages of ridiculous characters going through riduculous situations for too many pages.