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Dirty White Boys Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (November 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044022179X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440221791
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hunter's newest thriller recounts the story of three brutal escaped convicts and the obsessive state trooper who pursues them.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

After killing a black inmate, the brutal Lamar Pye breaks out of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary along with his retarded cousin, Odell, and a hapless artist-turned-felon named Richard. They embark on a desperate run across Oklahoma and Texas, pursued by state troopers. The escapees hide out with a convict groupie who has lived alone since murdering her parents as an adolescent. In a parody of domesticity, Lamar embraces these losers as the family he never knew. Unlettered Lamar is a natural leader, more intelligent by far than his pursuers, but his gang screws up every time at a terrible cost in bloodshed. Hunter's (Point of Impact, LJ 2/1/93) portrayal of Lamar is unromantic but sympathetic. Lamar is a loser who never had a chance; he uses his short period of freedom to get his own back and to indulge in the mindless violence that is the only thing that truly satisfies and delights him. This seriocomic chase thriller packs a punch. For most popular collections.
David Keymer, California State Univ., Stanislaus
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hunter's Dirty White Boys really rocks.
Victoria A. Wildermuth
Along with having well developed characters, it is a good action story.
An interesting and exciting mix that keeps the book fast paced.
John G. Hilliard

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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful By T. King on November 15, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Stephen Hunter novel I read and it immediately made me go out and get as many of his other books as I could find. This is a riveting story that thrills and entertains without falling into the usual cliches so many other authors resort to.
There is a razor sharp line that divides the good guys from the bad guys. At times you don't know who to root for. If you are new to Stephen Hunter, I envy you. Although his books are good enough to read more than once, there is nothing quite like reading a great book for the first time.
Let me give you a bit of advice: some of Hunter's earlier works were very disappointing. I guess he was still trying to find his voice. Avoid TAPESTRY OF SPIES. THE SECOND SALADIN and THE MASTER SNIPER are good but don't compare to his later work. The DAY BEFORE MIDNIGHT was very good and I highly reccomend it. I suggest reading the following in this order: DIRTY WHITE BOYS, POINT OF IMPACT, BLACK LIGHT, A TIME TO HUNT. Enjoy!!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1998
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"Dirty White Boys", technically the second novel in Stephen Hunter's Bob Lee Swagger epic, keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Although reader's will not fully understand the novel without first enjoying Hunter's "Point of Impact", it is still a wonderfull storyline simply to read on it's own. Although extremely graphic and violent, the book kept me spellbound until reading the final page. One of the greatest aspects of Hunter's style is his outright refusal to make any of his villians completely morally bankrupt and his unwillingness to make any hero without faults. Lamar Pye is a complete criminal, perfectly psychotic and inherently violent. Still and all, you cannot bring yourself to condemn him completely, from the life he wishes he could lead to his loyalty and allegance to his band of killers. Also, the lawman Bud Pewtie is himself faulted, and is simply trying to do the right thing by bringing the escaped convicts to justice. I would recommend "Dirty White Boys" to any serious reader, but should first say you should start with "Point of Impact", read "Boys" and then finish with "Black Light". The novels are all masterfully interwoven, although each has their own characters to assist the plot and make the storylines all the more masterful. For a wonderful and wild ride, read all of these books. Stephen Hunter never dissapoints.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 3, 2007
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When I was younger, my reading M.O. was fairly simple: I'd find a writer I liked, and then read everything they ever wrote. This worked well for a while, as I worked my way through the offerings of such genre greats as Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison and Robert Bloch. Over the years, however, my tastes expanded to the point where I could no longer indulge myself that way ("So many books, so little time.") Before Stephen Hunter, I hadn't read three books in a row by the same author in fifteen years.

A good friend of mine turned me on to Hunter, recommending POINT OF IMPACT, wherein the author introduces Bob Lee Swagger, a professional shooter known to his peers as "Bob the Nailer." In POINT, Swagger becomes involved in a conspiracy of massive proportions and has to fall back on the lethal skills he learned in Vietnam in order to extricate himself. The incredible action sequences and the swift pacing of POINT left me anxious for more.

I moved on to DIRTY WHITE BOYS, which has one of the most memorable first lines you'll ever read. DWB tells the story of lawman Bud Pewtie and his encounter with an escaped convict, the savage and wily Lamar Pye. As Pewtie's son says later in BLACK LIGHT, "They were fated somehow, mixed together." Pewtie seems to have a strange affinity for Pye, tracking him against all odds until the two square off in an epic battle at book's end. By now I was well and truly hooked on Hunter.

Imagine my glee when I heard that he had just published another book, the last leg of a loose knit trilogy involving POINT OF IMPACT and DIRTY WHITE BOYS. BLACK LIGHT tells the tale of Russ Pewtie, son of lawman Bud, who decides to write a book about Earl Swagger, Bob Lee's father.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 4, 2001
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This was my first Stephen Hunter book & I read it because Stephen King listed it in "On Writing" among the best books he'd read over the last three or four years. "Dirty White Boys" is grippingly paced, best read in one or two sittings to get the full effect of the fast-paced action. Lamar Pye, Bud Pewtie and Richard Peed are extremely well drawn for such a fast-paced book. I found Odell unconvincing, even a bit silly. Among the lesser characters, I especially liked Lt. C.D. Henderson. What bothered me about an otherwise fine violent action thriller was having my willing suspension of disbelief so exploited at times, especially over the issue of Bud Pewtie's considerable injuries & his repeated ability to get back up & plunge into another fight, which reminded me of bad horror movies where the bad guy keeps getting back up again and again every time we think he's dead. That said, the book is thoroughly entertaining if you don't mind violent sociopathy.
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Stephen Hunter won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism as well as the 1998 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Distinguished Writing in Criticism for his work as film critic at The Washington Post. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Time to Hunt, Black Light, Point of Impact, and the New York Times bestsellers Havana, Pale Horse Coming, and Hot Springs. He lives in Baltimore.

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