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The Last Detail

By Darryl Ponicsán

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Discover the classic, acclaimed story that continued in the new book Last Flag Flying, now a major motion picture from Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater.

Discover the classic, acclaimed story that continued in the new book Last Flag Flying, now a major motion picture from Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater.

In this funny, bawdy, moving novel set during the height of the Vietnam War, two career sailors in Virginia - Billy "Bad-Ass" Buddusky and Mule Mulhall - are assigned to escort eighteen-year-old Larry Meadows to the brig in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he is to serve an eight-year sentence for petty theft.

It's good duty, until the two realize the injustice of the sentence and are oddly affected by the naive innocence of their young prisoner.

In the five days allotted for the detail, they decide to show Meadows something of the life he doesn't yet know, to help him survive the long ordeal ahead and to purge their own shame. What follows is an indelible journey of initiation and discovery, filled with beer-soaked wisdom, big city lights, revelry, brawls, debauchery, love, and surprising moments of tenderness.

Biographical Notes

Darryl Ponicsán is the author of thirteen novels and is an award-winning screenwriter for both film and television. Born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, he taught high school after attending Muhlenberg College and earning an MA at Cornell University. He served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1965, then did social work in the Watts area of Los Angeles and taught high school before the success of his debut novel, The Last Detail, allowed him to become a full-time writer. He resides in Palm Springs and Sonoma, California.

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  • ISBN: 9780751571813
  • Publication date: 28 Sep 2017
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  • Imprint: Sphere
Darryl has once again captured the camaraderie and complexity of male bonding, as he did so brilliantly in The Last Detail. — Bryan Cranston
Cinema-bound, and rightfully so. — Kirkus
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