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By Robert Stone

In Saigon in the course of the waning days of the Vietnam battle, a small-time journalist named John speak thinks he'll locate motion - and revenue - through getting concerned in a big-time drug deal. yet again within the States, issues cross horribly fallacious for him. puppy infantrymen completely captures the underground temper of the United States within the Nineteen Seventies, while beginner drug buyers and hippies encountered profiteering police officers killers - and the cost of survival used to be dangerously excessive.

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