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Choice of Evil: A Burke Novelby Andrew Vachss
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The murder of his bisexual girlfriend at a gay-rights rally leaves Burke with only one choice: revenge. But he has competition: someone going by the name Homo Erectus has begun a killing campaign against any and all gay-bashers — the same breed that killed Burke's lover. The police want Homo Erectus caught and convicted, and they think he could be Burke. The gay-rights community wants Homo Erectus to be shielded from the law, and Burke is their choice for the job. Burke finds himself simultaneously an avenger, a suspect, a conspirator. But as Burke pursues Homo Erectus — whose crimes seem morally defensible to some — the murderer begins to reveal an even darker side to himself: he is striving to be a consummate killer, engaging in murder not for the sake of the kill but merely for the art. And it's an art he will perfect by delving into the world of the supernatural, and ultimately toying with the spirit of a man Burke had long ago watched go to his grave. In Choice of Evil, Andrew Vachss gives us Burke at his edgiest, and moving closest to the edge: coming face to face with the most horrific workings of the human heart and mind.
Andrew Vachss, an attorney in private practice specializing in juvenile justice and child abuse, is the country's best recognized and most widely sought after spokesperson on crimes against children. He is also a bestselling novelist and short story
When his girlfriend, Crystal Beth, is gunned down at a gay rights rally in Central Park, Burke, the underground man-for-hire and expert hunter of predators, vows vengeance. But someone beats him to the task: a shadowy killer who calls himself Homo Erectus and who seems determined to wipe gay bashers from the face of the earth. As the killer's body count rises, most citizens are horrified, but a few see him as a hero, and they hire Burke to track him down...and help him escape.
In Choice of Evil, Burke is forced to confront his most harrowing mystery: the mind of an obsessive serial killer. And soon the emotionally void method behind the killer's madness becomes terrifyingly familiar, reminding Burke of his childhood partner, Wesley, the ice-man assassin who never missed, even when the target was himself. Has Wesley come back from the dead? The whisper-stream says so. And the truth may just challenge Burke's very sense of reality. Expertly plotted, addictive, enthralling, Choice of Evil is Andrew Vachss' most haunting tale to date.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Andrew Vachss, an attorney in private practice specializing in juvenile justice and child abuse, is the country’s best recognized and most widely sought after spokesperson on crimes against children. He is also a bestselling novelist and short story writer, whose works include Flood (1985), the novel which first introduced Vachss’ series character Burke, Strega (1987), Choice of Evil (1999), and Dead and Gone (2000). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Playboy, and The Observer, and he is a contributor to ABA Journal, Journal of Psychohistory, New England Law Review, The New York Times, and Parade.
Vachss has worked as a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a caseworker in New York, and a professional organizer. He was the director of an urban migrants re-entry center in Chicago and another for ex-cons in Boston. After managing a maximum-security prison for violent juvenile offenders, he published his first book, a textbook, about the experience. He was also deeply involved in the relief effort in Biafra, now Nigeria.
For ten years, Vachss’ law practice combined criminal defense with child protection, until, with the success of his novels, it segued exclusively into the latter, which is his passion. Vachss calls the child protective movement “a war,” and considers his writing as powerful a weapon as his litigation.
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