- What the friends don’t know is that a New York FBI Agent, another old enemy of the Acid King, has been on a long frustrating manhunt of his own, driven by the same rage for revenge. Until, by coincidence, he discovers the mystery man’s hidden Los Angeles location and tracks him to his lair. Resulting in a dangerous confrontation that puts lives, both guilty and innocent, on the line.
- The Acid King is the thinly veiled story of the famous Redlands drug bust of 1967; an event that put Mick Jagger and Keith Richards behind bars and nearly destroyed the world’s most famous rock band. All orchestrated by an unidentified man who set them up and then disappeared.
- By a strange twist of fate the Author (former film agent for Mick Jagger) met the Acid King in Los Angeles and became involved with him for several years, never knowing who he really was, until her friend Marianne Faithfull (former lover of Jagger) surprisingly identified him.
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For those of you who know me, you will appreciate the fact that the book's title alone clinched the deal and I had to read it. Raised in a household where the Beatles and the Rolling Stones serenaded me from the stereo every day, I was completely enamored with the mystique of my parents’ generation. I would become giddy when dad got out his guitar to play and imagined how thrilling it must have been to be coming of age when all the great rock and rollers were emerging. (To illustrate just how infatuated I was with the era, I died and went to heaven when my dad procured a 1966 Mustang as my very first car *swoon*.)
And all the myths and legends from the tumultuous sixties and seventies fascinated me, as well. So Maggie Abbott’s fictional exploration of the famous Redland drug bust of 1967, the aftermath of the blooming drug culture, and one of its most persistent conspiracy theories was a logical and natural choice in reading material. While at times I felt this book read more like a screenplay than a novel (I imagine it must have played out like a movie in the author’s head as she wrote it), I enjoyed her ability to create some engaging images with words.
The story of the Veils is not only the unraveling of the Acid King’s betrayal, but also a journey through a generation’s potential, derailment, and the search for healing. Through the veil of nostalgia, regret and that persnickety and persistent bugger, hope, it explores the personality of an era while proposing thought-provoking theories and why, well, things in general have turned out like they have.
It’s also just a fun, psychedelic true-crime fictionalization that you will not be able to put down because you must know what’s going to happen to Pete, Barry, Anne, and Mister X.