I loved the bold writing and keen sense of humor that makes this tightly written book very difficult to put down.
As he showed in his first novel, FOBBIT, Abrams is one of those magical writers who can go deep into the hearts of everyday people and show what makes those hearts beat. In BRAVE DEEDS, he uses an interesting technique to tell the story of a unit of flawed, ordinary men who share a single purpose -- to get to the funeral of a fallen member across the city. The overriding voice is not of any of the single members of the team but the unit itself, the "we." It succeeds brilliantly at conveying the sense of group and purpose that binds them, sometimes against their wills.
One more thing -- in these works and in Fobbitt too, I've been struck by the wisdom reflected there. There is an open-heartedness in his story-telling that draws me even to people that would frighten me if I met them in real life (Fish, for example).