Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9781400030989, 304pp.
Publication Date: October 14, 2003
Posing as a casting director looking for tomorrow's stars, Burke reaches out to the high school students who knew Vonni, and may know the identity of the killer. Before long he unearths a perverse enterprise a young director pursuing a brutal new type of cinema verite.
"The hardest of the hard-boiled private eyes is back... [Only Child is] full of surprises." –New York Post
“Vachss prose is never less than hypnotic.... He's a master at shedding light on grime and human and urban decay.".” –Wilmington News Journal
“Only Child is reliable Vachss, another page-ripping underground procedural with harsh relevance and prose that qualifies the real-life children’s lawyer for his own adjective. (Vachssatious?).” –The Seattle Times
“The plot is perfect, the investigation is compelling, and the payoff is bittersweet but satisfying.” –The Jacksonville Sun
“Vachss’ style is personal, laconic, shaded and of course, creepy. If you like hard-boiled punk narrative, this is the read for you.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review