|Dead and Gone (2000) [Novel]|
by Andrew Vachss
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It's not an unusual job for Burke—career criminal and ultimate urban man-for-hire—to act as middleman in an exchange of cash for a kidnapped child. But this time the only things exchanged are bullets. Burke loses his beloved partner, and lies in a hospital bed close to—or maybe even past—death, hovering in a netherworld of nightmares and hallucinations. When he finally escapes from the hospital, his appearance has changed radically—and so has he.
Burke’s religion is revenge. Eager to begin worship, he meets with the man who set up the exchange. When that meeting ends in homicide, Burke goes deeper underground than ever before—he vanishes off every radar screen and starts to hunt. Along the way, he enlists the aid of a pilot he hasn’t seen since the war in Biafra and a Russian-speaking Cambodian woman named Gem. And he must locate a mystical childhood friend who finds patterns where others see chaos. With their help, Burke uncovers a frightening and evil foreign territory—a safe harbor for predatory degenerates.
Stunning in its execution, shocking in its conclusion, Dead and Gone gives us a new Burke: trapped out of his element—and more dangerous than ever.
Original title: Dead and Gone
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ General