Born Bad: Stories (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Andrew Vachss

Andrew Vachss view of the darker aspects of life have brought his gritty crime novels onto award and bestseller lists.

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Born Bad: Stories (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Andrew Vachss


Features

  • Paperback: 352 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.76 x 7.99 x 5.24
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; (August 1994)
  • ISBN: 0679753362

    From Publishers Weekly
    Hard, dark, and raw, this collection of 40 short stories and a play provides ample material for Vachss fans. Unfortunately, the quality varies greatly, ranging from the author's earliest, sometimes sophomoric writings to his more current, professionally crafted stories. None of it is light reading. His writing is always on fast forward, curt, terse but it is sometimes blinded by compassion for the victim--most often children who have been sexually, physically or mentally abused ("Watched the little girl testify in court, her tiny hand clutching the magic stone. The defense attorney hammered away at her, like a sweating, fat pig, boring for truffles. But she stuck it out--he couldn't change the truth. I was proud of her."). This passion, understandable though it is, sometimes overwhelms his craft. Revenge is the justice of choice because, in Vachss's world, the legal system is inept, unfair and unworkable. Vachss has a flair for unique twists in the final story lines that will leave readers twisting in their seats as well.
    Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.


    Book Description
    From a writer whose novels have been acclaimed for their unflinching exploration of evil comes a brilliant collection of short stories—some never before published—that distill dread back down to its essence—and inject it straight into the reader's back brain. Andrew Vachss might have scissored his characters from today's headlines: a stalker prowling around an anonymous high-rise; a serial killer whose transgressions reflect a childhood of hideous abuse; an inner-city gunman who is willing to take out a blockful of victims in order to win a moment of acceptance.

    Tautly written and endowed with murderous ironic spin, Born Bad plunges us into the hell that lies just outside our bedroom windows.


    Reader Reviews
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Streetwise horror stories, June 17, 2000 Reviewer: Brian D. Rubendall from Oakton, VA Andrew Vachss is a mystery writer whose work often times reads more like horror. Therefore, it is not surprising that his collection of short stories has the punch of classic short horror fiction. These are dark stroies dredged up from the depths of Vachss's fertile imagination. Usually, they deal with the worst impulses of man, especially the sexual predator. They are not for the faint of heart, but are powerful in their own way.

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