Mortal Lock by Andrew Vachss
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)

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The baddest noir stylist of them all...digs into his archives from the past 15 years and comes up with 20 visits to hell.
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A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL

A hit man stalks his mark at a race track. A sociopath crosses every moral boundary to become a published author. An ex-mercenary obsessively defends his “perimeter” from a dangerous interloper. A man for hire grudgingly accepts help from a teenage girl to track an online predator. In a dystopian future, young people struggle for survival underground, forming themselves into vicious gangs with only the graffiti of the “last journalists” accepted as truth. Andrew Vachss collects twenty tight, powerful stories—all from the past decade of his career, including some now published for the first time—along with an original screenplay. Together, they form Mortal Lock, a searing portrait of the criminal underworld, with both its depravity and humanity on display.
 

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 May 7, 2013 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 402 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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The baddest noir stylist of them all...digs into his archives from the past 15 years and comes up with 20 visits to hell.

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