That's How I Roll by Andrew Vachss
A Novel

70%

6 Critic Reviews

A smart, cynical glimpse into the human condition—and into lives no one should envy.
-Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis

Andrew Vachss, the master of hard-boiled fiction, returns with a deeply revealing new novel about an assassin whose love forced him to kill his own conscience.

Esau Till’s race is almost run. After pleading guilty to a series of homicides, he sits on death row, awaiting lethal injection. And writing his life story. But his memoir is no case study in tragedy—it’s his one last chance to protect his brother, Tory, after he’s gone. And, as too many have learned, when it comes to protecting his baby brother, Esau Till is a man without boundaries.

Esau’s father was a widely feared beast who, it was commonly believed, killed his wife and used his own daughter as a substitute. In Esau’s own words, when your sister is your mother, too, you know you’re not going to come out right. Not you, not your life, not nothing.

When the genetic cards were dealt, Esau drew a genius IQ but a horribly crippled body. His brother Tory drew a “slow” mind but almost superhuman strength. Very early on, Esau learned that the only way to guarantee his baby brother’s safety was to make himself indispensable to certain people. A self-taught explosives expert, he became the top assassin for two rival local mobs. When a third mob attempted to recruit his brother, Esau took them all out, unaware that one of them was an under-cover FBI agent.

Execution looms, but no prison can hold Esau’s mind. Or his love. As the State prepares to take his life, Esau plots going all-in on the last and most deadly hand he will ever play.

 

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 March 20, 2012 by Vintage. 213 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for That's How I Roll
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 16 2012

One can count on Vachss being grim whether writing one of his Burke novels (Another Life, etc.) or a stand-alone like The Weight, but this first-person story, which narrator Esau Till makes clear is neither apology nor confession, is grimmer than most

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Schultz on Mar 20 2012

Though the pace of That’s How I Roll is a bit slow at the start, the story does build in an interesting, albeit predictable manner.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Mar 29 2012

Andrew Vachss’s latest is simply a wonderful read.

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Kirkus Reviews

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

A smart, cynical glimpse into the human condition—and into lives no one should envy.

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Kirkus Reviews

Excellent
Mar 27 2012

A smart, cynical glimpse into the human condition—and into lives no one should envy.

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From Dundee's Desk

Good
Reviewed by Wayne Dundee on Mar 20 2012

Although spawned from depraved evil and forced by circumstances to become cold and ruthless in most other aspects of his life, the true, pure love that Esau feels for his brother is the driving force and solid central core to this complex, intricately plotted novel.

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