A fair number of continuity issues takes away a bit of the enjoyment. It's disorganized crime at it's best. Willy has a love/hate relationship with a gangster and a newspaper reporter. He's fascinating because he moves through life in a random way, making bad choices all along the way.
"Midnight Cowboy" meets social reform journalism. Pacing is great, and camera shows grittiness of the whole city, from poor areas to wealthier ones. Excellent characters and plotting. The journalist and Willy dance around each other, never able to let down their guards and establish a helpful connection; the idea of being a good Samaritan is much different than the reality. Great line: "the only thing free is death."