By Andrew Vachss
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400030989, 304pp.)
Publication Date: October 14, 2003
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It’s been years since Burke has been home, years since he’s seen his “family” and worked in the underbelly of New York City. Although his appearance has changed, his reputation grown dusty and his wallet thin, his skills and his crew remain razor sharp. So when he is contacted by a mob boss to investigate the murder of his illegitimate daughter, Vonni, Burke takes the job and begins searching for an unspeakably brutal killer.
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 verité.
Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social services caseworker, a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for youthful offenders. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youths exclusively. He is the author of numerous novels, including the Burke series, two collections of short stories, and wide variety of other material including song lyrics, poetry, graphic novels, and a “children’s book for adults.” His books have been translated into twenty different languages and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, The New York Times, and numerous other forums. He lives and works in New York City and the Pacific Northwest.
The dedicated web site for Vachss and his work is www.vachss.com.
"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