But me, I've got three names. And so I've got to go through all this bullshit just to start talking. I'm Anthony James Hatcher, Tony. I'm Vo Dinh Thanh. And I'm The Deuce. Don't ask me which one I use. It's too early for that. I've got to tell you some things first.
"Robert Olen Butler does not write urban fluff about yuppie ennui. His themes are large, like this country. His books are both vivid dramas and thoughtful anatomies of moments in our history that transformed usfor better or worse: labor uprisings in the Depression, atomic tests at Los Alamos. Now, in The Deuce, Butler brilliantly returns to a subject he's dealt with before: that slow nightmare called Vietnam. The war's long over, but for a boy born of an American GI and a Saigon bar girl, a boy called The Deuce, the cost in pain and anger is still very real. This novel is his story, and Butler's telling it is a remarkable achievement of his imagination, bold and wise.
-- Michael Malone
"I'll not soon forget this ritual journey through the stinking underbelly of New York City or the gusty kid who made that journey. The Deuce is a virtuoso performance by one of our finest writers.
-- Harry Crews