Andrew Vachss is the author of many novels and of two short story collections. He has written for Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, and The New York Times, among other publications. He divides his time between New York City and the Pacific Northwest.
Hard-boiled crime fans will enjoy the latest entry in Vachss's long-running Burke series (Down Here, etc.). The renegade New York City PI, who operates by an idiosyncratic private moral code, has been lying low since being shot in the face. But a longtime fixer, Charlie, soon sees past Burke's attempt to pose as his own brother and arranges a meeting with a prospective client, who wants to find a missing woman. What should have been a routine setup turns deadly when professional hit men gun down the client as he's attempting to retrieve Burke's retainer from his car. Burke, afraid that the gunmen may come after him and the data-filled CD the dead man gave him, uses his own network of allies and contacts to learn more about the missing woman, Beryl Preston, whom he happens to have saved from a pimp 20 years earlier. Despite a familiar plot, the sharp-edged prose and cutting insights into New York's underbelly elevate this above many similar crime novels. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
(See Prepub Mystery, LJ 4/1/06).AAnn Kim Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Andrew Vachss is a contemporary master."
--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Many writers try to cover the same ground as Vachss. A handful
are as good. None are better."
--People "Vachss's reverence for storytelling is evident in the blunt beauty of his language."
--Chicago Sun-Times "The books of Andrew Vachss are much more than great entertainment. They are a fierce crusade for all victims who can't fight back, especially the imperiled children to whom Vachss has devoted his considerable talent and his life."
--Carl Hiaasen "Vachss is in the first rank of American crime writers."
--The Plain Dealer "There's no way to put a [Vachss book] down once you've begun . . . The plot hooks are engaging and the one-liners pierce like bullets."
--Detroit Free Press "The best detective fiction being written . . . Add a stinging social commentary [and] a Celinesque journey into darkness, and we have an Andrew Vachss, one of our most important writers."
--Martha Grimes "The New York Burke inhabits is not borrowed from anybody and shimmers on the page as gaudily and scarily as it does on the streets."
--New York magazine