Andrew Vachss: Dead and Gone (2001)
From the Publisher:
Urban Outlaw Burke barely survives an attack by a professional hit squad that kills his partner. With a new face, Burke goes into hiding. And on the hunt. Dead and Gone takes him from the streets of New York City through a cross-country underground, and deep into his own tortured past. The violent journey ends in a place that exists only in the dreams of the darkest degenerates on earth.
Andrew Vachss: Dead and Gone. A Burke Novel. Vintage Books, ISBN: 0375725261 (September, 2001), 333 p., $13.00.
Andrew Vachss: Dead and Gone (2000)
From the Publisher:
Burke's religion is revenge, and he is eager to begin worship. Without the slightest clue as to who ordered the hit, he goes back to his original contact. When that meeting ends in homicide, Burke goes even deeper underground than ever before. He vanishes off every radar screen, and starts his hunt. In order to connect the dots, Burke enlists the aid of a pilot he worked with during the war in Biafra, a Russian-speaking Cambodian woman named Gem, and a mystical childhood friend -- the police would call him a "co-defendant" -- who finds patterns where others see chaos. Burke's search starts in Chicago and ends in the Pacific Northwest -- a foreign country to the New York City-bred orphan.
When a pattern finally emerges, Burke discovers truly foreign territory -- a place where pedophiles, neo-Nazis, abortion clinic bombers, and kiddie porn manufacturers expect immunity from prosecution, a safe harbor for predatory degenerates. And when he learns who is running the show, Burke must call upon a lifetime of training in the dark arts to do what he does best: survive.
Stunning in its execution, shocking in its conclusion, Dead and Gone gives us a new Burke, trapped out of his element -- and more dangerous than ever.
Andrew Vachss: Dead and Gone. A Burke Novel. Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN: 0375411216 (September, 2000), 333 p., $25.00.