Books: Good Hustle, Bad Karma MONKEY ON A STICK

by John Hubner & Lindsey Gruson Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 414 pages; $19.95

"Dial Om for Murder" was the catchy title in Rolling Stone. The 1987 article told of drugs, sexual abuse and bodies buried helter-skelter at New Vrindaban, the 3,000-acre community built in West Virginia by members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, better known as Hare Krishnas. The journalist-authors, John Hubner of the San Jose Mercury News and Lindsey Gruson of the New York Times, who teamed up for the piece, have apparently found the association rewarding. Monkey on a Stick is their expanded, though not necessarily deepened, account of the Hindu religious movement that started in 1965 as a storefront...

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