Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780679781295, 368pp.
Publication Date: March 10, 1998
Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner. She wants Burke to find a monster for her so she can kill him with her bare hands.
In this cauterizing thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegadeinvestigator teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements. Fearfully knowing, crackling with narrative tension, and written in prose as forceful as a hollow-point slug, Flood is Burke at his deadliest and Vachss at the peak of his form.
"Hard-boiled fiction at its best."- The Chicago Tribune Book World
"Vachss's tough guy writing style grabs you by the hair and jerks you to attention."- Detroit Free Press
"An extraordinary thriller... Vachss never flinches from the horror."- Washington Post Book World
"Burke would eat Spade and Marlowe for breakfast, not even spitting out the bones. [He] is one tough, mean, pray-to-God-you-don't-meet-him hombre."-Boston Herald