Born Bad by Andrew Vachss
Collected Stories

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From a writer whose novels have been acclaimed for their unflinching exploration of evil comes a brilliant collection of short stories—some never before published—that distill dread back down to its essence—and inject it straight into the reader's back brain. Andrew Vachss might have scissored his characters from today's headlines: a stalker prowling around an anonymous high-rise; a serial killer whose transgressions reflect a childhood of hideous abuse; an inner-city gunman who is willing to take out a blockful of victims in order to win a moment of acceptance.

Tautly written and endowed with murderous ironic spin, Born Bad plunges us into the hell that lies just outside our bedroom windows.

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About Andrew Vachss

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Hardboiled writer Andrew Henry Vachss was born on October 19, 1942 in New York City. He attended Case Western Reserve University and the New England School of Law. Vachss has worked in many government and law enforcement organizations, ranging from the U. S. Public Health Service to the New York City Juvenile Justice Planning Project. Vachss' work as a writer includes a series of books featuring an unlicensed private detective named Burke. Burke's appearances include Flood, Strega, Blue Belle, Hard Candy, Blossom and Sacrifice. Vachss has also written comic books and graphic novels.
Published September 25, 2001 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Many of the stories have the Vachss staples of buzz-cut sentences and pedagogy on criminal psychology, but the title story may be the most interesting--because it raises the question potentially nagging at Vachss's readers.

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Hard, dark, and raw, this collection of 40 short stories and a play provides ample material for Vachss fans.

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In exceptional tales like ''Bum's Rush'' — a murderer of the homeless learns to stalk his prey so effectively that he becomes what he hunts — Vachss wanders into the ethical gray zone in which he flourishes, sounding more like an inspired author than a literary parole officer.

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