Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780679772934, 240pp.
Publication Date: October 28, 1997
Burke's new employer is Kite, a fanatical crusader who specializes in debunking "false allegationsof child sexual abuse. Kite has a case that may be the real thing, but needs Burke to tell him if it is. And if mere money can't persuade Burke to cooperate, Kite has plenty of other incentives at his disposal--including a fanatical bodyguard with a taste for corsets and brass knuckles. A tour guide to hell written in icy prose, "False Allegations" is Vachss at his most unnerving.
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."
"In the first rank of American crime writers. . . . Next to Vachss, Chandler, Cain and Hammett look like choirboys."
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Burke is the toughest talking first-person narrator since Mike Hammer."
-Los Angeles Times
"Vachss . . . writes hypnotically violent prose."
"Burke prowls the city with a seething, angry, almost psychotic voice appropriate to the devils he deals with."-Chicago Tribune