Smoky Joe's Cafe

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First edition (publ. Penguin Books)

Smoky Joe's Cafe, a novel by Bryce Courtenay, deals with the psychological and physical scars on "Thommo" left by the Vietnam War and Agent Orange. When it is discovered his daughter has leukaemia, his veteran mates band together as "The Dirty Dozen" behind a scheme to grow marijuana and convert it to "Hash Honey." With the assistance of Thommo's wife Wendy and a North Vietnamese veteran, the scheme is a success, and the money raised helps pay for a bone marrow transplant from a previously unknown part-aboriginal cousin found in the town of "Daintree."

The book ends with Thommo's daughter writing after her father's death about his life, last days and the 2000 ANZAC Day.