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LAST ONE IN by Nicholas Kulish

Publisher Ecco/Harper, July 2007

In LAST ONE IN by Nicholas Kulish, a young gossip columnist makes the worst mistake of his career when he wrongly accuses a big star of cheating on his wife. With lawsuits pending, the tabloid’s imperious new editor blackmails him into taking the place of the paper's injured front-line war correspondent. Shipped off to the desert and embedded with a group of foulmouthed but fraternal Marines, his bewildered but unfiltered view of the invasion of Iraq is alternately hair-raising, hilarious and heartbreaking. Darkly funny, this debut novel by Nicholas Kulish is a classic fish-out-of-water story sure to appeal to a large and appreciative readership.

"Sharply written, fast-paced, and instantly engaging, LAST ONE IN by Nick Kulish is a rarity: a war story told with wit and sympathy. Grunt comedies are rare but, like Shakespeare’s Pisol or The Good Soldier Svejk, they last a long, long time, long after specific politics and parochial rage are just history."
-- Arthur Phillips, author of Prague and The Egyptologist

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