Mortal Lock

Mortal Lock

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A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL

A hit man stalks his mark at a race track. A sociopath crosses every moral boundary to become a published author. An ex-mercenary obsessively defends his "perimeter" from a dangerous interloper. A man for hire grudgingly accepts help from a teenage girl to track an online predator. In a dystopian future, young people struggle for survival underground, forming themselves into vicious gangs with only the graffiti of the "last journalists" accepted as truth. Andrew Vachss collects twenty tight, powerful stories--all from the past decade of his career, including some now published for the first time--along with an original screenplay. Together, they form Mortal Lock , a searing portrait of the criminal underworld, with both its depravity and humanity on display.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9780307950833
0307950832
Characteristics: 380 p. ; 21 cm.

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Dec 20, 2013

Tis the season of the short story. These are chilling. Not as subtle as our Alice Munro, nor as 'mature' as Tobias Wolfe, but every story is gripping urban noir. Excellent.

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