Knopf, Apr 2004, 19.95
Eva Wolfe lost her job as sex-crimes prosecutor when she refused to let a politically protected offender get away with his crimes. Though the success rate of prosecuting these vermin has dramatically gone down, her former superiors remain happy to see her gone, as she was a career liability. Not so shockingly, street vigilante Burke, who eradicates sex predators as an illegal but cleansing sideline, admir... Only Child
Knopf, Oct 2002, 24.00, 275 pp.
Burke knows it is time to come home so he packs up what little he has after living on the run and returns to New York City where he connects with Mama, Michelle and a host of old friends. When Mama tells him his “bank balance” is only $60,000 dollars, Burke understands that he must find a high paying job rather quickly. Mama gets a phone call from a man who needs Burke's special services and she p... Pain Management
Burke is back on the job, scamming, stealing and doing what he does best: tracking a missing girl who may be running from a pain no one can imagine--except Burke. All while out of his native New York and without the protection of his family of choice. New friends and enemies abound in this "not always what it seems" story of betrayal and risk taking, that finds Burke trying to operate in a very different Portland than the tour guides depict.
The searc... Shella
Andrew Vachss writes the fifteen minute eggs of the mystery genre. Be forewarned - his books are extremely hard boiled.
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-r...
The Getaway Man
Vintage, Feb 2003, 11.00, 188 pp.
As a youngster Eddie finds cars quite fascinating. He teaches himself how to drive by stealing cars, which leads to time in youth detention facilities where he begins to understand the workings of society, at least his segment that is. Grand theft auto sounds like music to Eddie's ears as opposed to kiddy joyrides.
Eddie begins stealing cars for Mr. Clanton, which leads to his becoming the G...