This novel asks the question: can a young ex-arsonist find happiness as a phoney C.I.A. agent by sabotaging the company that has just fired him and helping to kill his girl friend's mother? Actually the latter is turnabout fair play. He had enlisted Sue Ann's assistance as a C.I.A. recruit in the sabotage of the chemical plant and she had killed the guard...deliberately, coolly killed the guard. And they had taken those pills, ""activants"" and made great love and she did hate her mother and, oh yes, she had tried to kill him. And his parole officer was closing in. In this clammy psychological effort there is much made of the pollution persecution complex--""I can see the backs of my eyes, and in their veins swim the bodies of all who brought forth this pollution."" And Dennis seems to be polluted by just about everything....his past, his landlady, the parole agent and ultimately by sweet Sue, a spidery little character who does kill her own mother and after a brief bout in bed sends Dennis off to dispose of the body. It's psyched up, hophead nonsense but you will finish it.