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Born Bad: Collected Storiesby Andrew Vachss
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Stories depict crime and the dark side of American life
About the Author
Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social caseworker, and a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for youthful offenders. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youth exclusively. He is the author of numerous novels, two collections of short stories, three graphic series, and Another Chance to Get It Right: A Children's Book for Adults. His work has appeared in Parade, Esquire, Antaeus, The New York Times, and many other forums. Born and raised in New York City, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest.
The dedicated Web site for Vachss and his work is www.vachss.com
Table of Contents
Dumping ground — Exit — Family resemblance — Hostage — It's a hard world — Joyride — Lynch law — Man to man — Plan B — Replay: A play in three acts — Bridge — Placebo — Rules of the road — Step on a crack — Stone magic — The promise — The unwritten law — Treatment — Bum's rush — Tunnel of love — Bad babies — Into the light — Warlord — Warrior — White alligator — Witch hunt — Working roots.
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