Dirty Work by Larry Brown

Dirty WorkAn interesting perspective on the scars of war both visible and invisible. Two war vets in a hospital ward become friends sharing their experiences along with the occasional cold beer.

One of them, Chaney, wishes to die mercifully rather than waste away in his bed. He asks his new friend James to carry out the dreaded task. James, who already wrestles with addiction and epileptic spells, weighs the grim task of euthanasia.

I enjoyed this book, both for its back story into the characters, but also because it says many of the things you won’t read in other books about soldiers coming home. The ending was a bit too ambiguous for me, and I didn’t fully understand it. Nevertheless, I’d recommend this to anyone, military or not.

Reviewed by JP

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