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Everybody Pays by Andrew Vachss
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Aug 22, 2012

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Read from August 22 to 26, 2012

This is a collection of crime writer Andrew Vachss’ short stories, written during the 1980’s and 1990’s while he was also writing his terrific series of Burke crime novels. The short stories collected in this book follow some of the same themes of the Burke series: fighting back against the exploitation of children, plotting revenge against past wrongdoings, and just trying to survive in the urban wasteland. There were a couple of aspects of this book that make it particularly interesting to Vachss fans. One is a very rare foray into science fiction, with a short series of linked stories where members of The Underground fight to rise up against the all controlling Rulers. Another interesting note was the appearance of Cross, a Burke like urban mercenary with a conscience (who received his first stand alone novel in 2012, Blackjack.) Cross and his crew of dangerous misfits take jobs across the city and beyond as guns for hire. The first story shows how the crew exacts vengeance with a conscience, while the longer novella that ends the book shows what happens when the crew is backed up against the wall. This was a very interesting collection, showing the breadth of Vachss’ writings and demonstrating on how the themes that dominate his storytelling are applicable in any setting.
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