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Andrew Vachss writes the fifteen minute eggs of the mystery genre. Be forewarned - his books are extremely hard boiled.
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That said, Shella is a love story. Ghost, the narrator, is a killer-for-hire, and quite good at his job. Seperated from his lady love, the titular Shella, by circumstances beyond his control, he quests after her through the gritty underworld in which the author has done so much time, and which he colors in shades of gray and blood-red blotches.
Ghost's specific skills - grift and guns - get him through yet again, to a heart-wrenching ending.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts

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