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John 'Nashville' Grant is an American military policeman in the R&R town of Vung Tau, tucked safely behind the front lines of the Vietnam War. Nashville knows how everything works: the army, the enemy, bars, secrets, men and women.

John 'Nashville' Grant is an American military policeman in the R&R town of Vung Tau, tucked safely behind the front lines of the Vietnam War. Nashville knows how everything works: the army, the enemy, bars, secrets, men and women. He's keeping the peace by keeping his head down and making the most of it.

His new partner is a tall man from a small town: Shorty, from Bendigo. Shorty knows nothing about anything, and he wishes people would stop mistaking that for stupidity.

When another MP shoots a corpse in a brothel, the delicate balance between the military police, South Vietnamese gangsters and the Viet Cong is upset. Nashville and his partner are drawn into the heart of the matter by their violent colleague Sergeant Caution, the obsequious landlord Moreau, the improbable entrepreneur Izzy Berger and the mysterious, omnipotent Mamasan. Events begin to force the pair to uphold the law and eventually to take it into their own hands.

'Mark Dapin is a true original.' Christos Tsiolkas

'Forget whatever film you've seen or book you've ever read about Vietnam because Mark Dapin's R&R will blow your mind away. Apocalypse Now meets Good Morning Vietnam, R&R is hilarious, poignant and incredibly powerful. Believe you me, this is a bloody masterpiece.' Rob Minshull, ABC Queensland

Reviews

Apocalypse Now meets Good Morning Vietnam, R&R is a modern Catch-22 by an author who writes with boots on his fingers. Prepare for a kicking because R&R is hilarious, poignant and incredibly powerful... Terribly tragic and frighteningly funny, Mark Dapin has written another modern masterpiece.' Rob Mishull, ABC Queensland

PRH, PRH

'Bracingly alive with a heady mixture of bawdy humour and raw masculine energy... Dapin writes with tremendous swagger.' Caroline Baum, Booktopia

PRH, PRH

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780670078202

    July 29, 2015

    Viking (AU Adult)

    304 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781743485613

    July 29, 2015

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    400 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel
    2016
    Shortlisted
    Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel

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From the Trenches
The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing