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The Last Detail

(1970)
(The first book in the Last Detail series)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Darryl Ponicsan's The Last Detail

Hardback Editions

April 1971 : UK Hardback

Title: Last Detail
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
ISBN: 0-491-00486-9 / 978-0-491-00486-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: W.H. Allen / Virgin Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Last Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
ISBN: 1-5107-2775-2 / 978-1-5107-2775-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyhorse
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May 1973 : UK Paperback
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Title: Last Detail
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
ISBN: 0-7221-6933-7 / 978-0-7221-6933-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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1973 : UK Paperback

Title: The Last Detail
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
ISBN: 0-7221-6934-5 / 978-0-7221-6934-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere Books
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January 1971 : USA Paperback
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Title: Last Detail
Author(s): Darryl Poniscan
ISBN: 0-451-06127-6 / 978-0-451-06127-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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1971 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Last Detail
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
ISBN: 0-451-04675-7 / 978-0-451-04675-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Audio Editions

September 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Last Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
Publisher: Novel Audio
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September 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Last Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
Publisher: Novel Audio
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September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Last Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
Publisher: Novel Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Detail
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
Publisher: Sphere
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September 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Last Detail: A Novel
Author(s): Darryl Ponicsan
Publisher: Skyhorse
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