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Publisher's Summary

This gripping novel is not only one of the best books written about Vietnam; it is also one of the most powerful anti-war novels in American literature.

Walter James has no face. Braiden Chaney has no arms or legs. They lost them 22 years ago, in Vietnam. Now, in the course of one long night in a V.A. hospital, these two soldiers, one black, the other white, reveal how they came to be where they are and what they can only hope to become.

©1989 Larry Brown; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A novel of the first order....Gripping and virtually seamless." (Washington Post Book World)
"His prose has a dark, horrific urgency....A real knockout." (Newsday)

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  • Charles V.
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  • 06-04-16

Dirty Work

Just as everything Larry Brown wrote Dirty Work is a rough ride, not for the faint of heart, but well worth the trip.

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What did you love best about Dirty Work?

I'm not often a fan of short stories but this one packed a helluva punch in a little package. Not a tear jerker, the ending left me with the sense a huge rock had been dumped in the pit of my stomach. Needless to say, it took days to digest.

Excellent narration only added to the story.