Synopses & Reviews
"Having appeared in short stories and comics, Cross, the 'ultra-pragmatic man-for-hire,' makes his full-length fiction debut in this lively cartoon in prose from Anthony Award finalist Vachss (Batman: The Ultimate Evil). Cross and his unusual crew (Buddha, Ace, Princess, and Rhino) operate from a Chicago subterranean poolroom known as Red 71. Another group of similarly unusual characters (Percy, Tiger, Tracker, Wanda, and 'the blond man') want to hire Cross to find a live 'specimen' of a creature that removes the spinal cords of its victims as trophies. Such a creature, described as a 'blotchy mass' or 'shadowy blob,' flows down the sides of an abandoned gas station in one chilling scene. The devastating climax comes at one creature's chosen killing field a federal prison divided among hostile groups of whites, blacks, and Latinos. Vachss effectively channels Predator and Rambo in this heated blend of fantasy and machismo in the urban jungle. Agent: Lou Bank, Ten Angry Pitbulls. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Andrew Vachss is a lawyer who represents children and youths exclusively. His many novels include the Burke series and two collections of short stories. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, and The New York Times, among other publications. He divides his time between his native New York City and the Pacific Northwest.