Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780679764090, 304pp.
Publication Date: January 30, 1996
In "Strega" one of our most acclaimed crime writers gives us a thriller that might have been imagined by Dante. For this is a tour of hell with no stops left out, conducted by a novelist who writes with the authority of the damned.
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."
"So hard-boiled that it makes Mike Hammer and Sam Spade look like running yolks." —Chicago Sun-Times
"An absolute stunner, the toughest crime novel, and one of the most realistic, any American writer has produced." —The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"It's wonderful. The words leap off the page. The plot is fresh. The principal character is original. The style is as clean as a haiku." —The Washington Post Book World
"A bizarre, fast-paced tour of the criminal psyche.... Has a grim authenticity." —The Philadelphia Inquirer