Dirty Work
Stuart Woods
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Dirty Work is a mystery/suspense novel by Stuart Woods. It centers around a private investigator undertaking an unusual assignment of helping a client dump her unfaithful husband. Along the way, he gets tangled up with a beautiful British spy he doesn't know whether or not to trust, and also has close encounters with a dangerous international assassin.

In Lost

  • The book can be seen in the Swan station by Sawyer's bed as he is recovering from the injuries caused as a result of the raft incident (shown very briefly).
  • A copy of this book is displayed on Jack's office bookshelf, along with Two Dollar Bill, also by Stuart Woods. ("A Tale of Two Cities")


  • The publish date of this book (2003) was long after the time that the Swan was supposedly built (before 1980, the date of the Swan orientation film). This is likely due to prop error (background filler material used, not meant to be analyzed), given the extremely brief appearance of the book, though fans have used this to support hatch restocking theories.

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