The Last Detail

The Last Detail

by Darryl Ponicsán
The Last Detail

The Last Detail

by Darryl Ponicsán

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The acclaimed novel that was the basis for the classic movie starring Jack Nicholson.
 
Unlike other branches of the armed services, the navy draws it police force from the ranks, as temporary duty called Shore Patrol. In this funny, bawdy, moving novel set during the height of the Vietnam War, two career sailors in transit in Norfolk, Virginia—Billy “Bad-Ass” Buddusky and Mule Mulhall—are assigned to escort eighteen-year-old Larry Meadows from Norfolk 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 old salts 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 unlikely road trip by bus and train up the Eastern seaboard and an indelible journey of initiation and discovery, filled with beer-soaked wisdom, big city lights, revelry, brawls, debauchery, love, and surprising moments of tenderness.
 
“Salty, bawdy, hilarious, and very touching.” —Variety
 
“Honest, heart-wrenching.” —The New York Times
 
“The writing is superb, the pace headlong, the irony tempered with curious gentleness.” —Cosmopolitan
 
“A lean, funny, bitter book.” —The Boston Globe


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ISBN-13: 9781510727779
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 20,406
File size: 797 KB

About the Author

Darryl Ponicsán is the author of thirteen novels and 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. His latest novel is Last Flag Flying, the sequel to the first. He resides in Palm Springs and Sonoma, California.
Darryl Ponicsán is the author of thirteen novels and 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. His latest novel is Last Flag Flying, the sequel to the first. He resides in Palm Springs and Sonoma, California.

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