Andrew Vachss: Everybody Pays (1999)
From the Publisher:
From neo-noir master Andrew Vachss comes Everybody Pays, 38 white-knuckle rides into a netherworld of pederasts and prostitutes, stick-up kids and fall guys -- where private codes of crime and punishment pulsate beneath a surface system of law and order, and our moral compass spins frighteningly out of control. Here is the street-grit prose that has earned Vachss comparisons to Chandler, Cain, and Hammett -- and the ingenious plot twists that transform the double-cross into an expression of retribution, the dark deed into a thing of beauty. Electrifying and enigmatic, Everybody Pays is a sojourn into the nature of evil itself -- a trip made all the more frightening by its proximity to our front doorstep.
Andrew Vachss: Everybody Pays. Stories. Vintage Books, ISBN: 0375707433 (September, 1999), 368 p., $13.00.