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In his most original and compelling book yet, Andrew Vachss presents an electrifying tale of corruption in a devastated mill town. It is 1959--a moment in history when the clandestine, powerful forces that will shape America to the present day are about to collide.Walker Dett is a hired gun, kwn for using the most extreme measures toaccomplish his missions. Royal Beaumont is the hillbilly boss who turned Locke City from a dying town into a thriving vice capital. But organized crime outsiders are moving in onBeaumont's turf, so he reaches out forDett in a high-risk move to maintain his power at all costs. Adda rival Irish political machine, a deeply entrenched neo-Nazi party, the nascent black power movement, turf-disputing juvenile gangs, a muck-raking journalist who doubles as a blackmailer, the FBI--a covertobserver and occasional participantwhich may itself be under surveillance-- and Locke City is about as stable as anitroglycerintruck stalled on the railroad tracks.
Andrew Vachss is a lawyer who represents children and youths exclusively. His many novels include the Burke series and two collections of short stories. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, The New York Times, among other publications. He divides his time between his native New York City and the Pacific Northwest.