Paul Brodeur


When a bus taking him to an army training camp, breaks down, a former graduate student named Cameron goes AWOL. In his flight, he intrudes unwittingly into the filming of a movie stunt and, believing that he is being attacked, kills the stunt man in self-defense. The diabolic director of the interrupted film then tricks Cameron into replacing the dead stunt man in a movie that will be about a man fleeing from the army. In his new role of fugitive stunt man, Cameron finds himself forced to perform a succession of hair-raising stunts that lead him further and further away from the real world and deeper into the unreality of the film, until he is no longer able to distinguish between the two, and life itself becomes the most intricate stunt of all.


“The Stunt Man is a dazzling piece of high wire artistry…a startling extension of the mind’s eye into the reaches of the imagination…suggesting that the world is never as real as the terror which lies below and beyond it.”

The Kirkus Service

“A tour de force, marked by brilliance of plot and dialogue.”

The New Yorker

‘The Stunt Man is an allegory of immense intricacy, a study of art, illusion, and identity, of the relation between reality and man’s confused awareness of it.”

The New York Times Book Review

“A Kafkaesque novel about a fugitive stunt man who discovers that life has a deadly tendency to imitate the movies


Selected Works

A Native American warrior encourages his people to rise up against the Pilgrim and Puritan invaders of 17th Century New England.
An AWOL army trainee kills a movie stunt man and is tricked by the director of the film into replacing the dead stunt man in a film about a man fleeing from the army
A haunting and heart-felt collection of short stories about love and loss
An American counterintelligence agent in postwar Germany and his doomed good intentions.
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An examination of the health hazards posed by electromagnetic fields emanating from neighborhood power lines, workplace machinery, and electrical equipment.
A pioneering analysis showing that exposure to microwave radiation poses significant health hazards.
A book about the land claims of the Mashpee Wampanoag, who live on Cape Cod, and of the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy, who live in Maine.
How a handful of plaintiff attorneys exposed the asbestos industry's fifty-year cover-up of its responsibility for the deaths of tens of thousands of workers, and won compensation for their survivors.
A description of the deadly danger posed by exposure to asbestos, and the machinations of a medical-industrial establishment whose members conspire to keep knowledge of occupational and environmental health hazards from public knowledge.
A book containing pioneering articles that appeared in The New Yorker, describing the nationwide health hazards posed by exposure to asbestos, and to household detergents containing flesh-eating enzymes that found their way into 50 million American households before being withdrawn, largely as a result of Brodeur's work.
Brodeur describes his stint as a counterintelligence agent in post-war Germany, and his long career as an investigative journalist at The New Yorker, during which he crosses swords with the military, the CIA, FBI and State Department to reveal a dark and unacknowledged legacy of the Cold War.

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