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By Andrew Vachss

During this mercilessly compelling mystery, Burke—the deepest eye, sting artist, and low hit guy who metes out a cruelly inventive vengeance on those that victimize children—is up opposed to a soft-spoken messiah, who can be rescuing runaways or recruiting them for his personal hideous reasons. yet in doing so Burke turns into a goal for a complete Mafia family members, a whore with a middle of cyanide, and a freelance killer as implacable as a heat-seeking missile. Written with Vachss's signature narrative overdrive—and his unnerving familiarity with the sub-basement of yankee crime—Hard Candy is classic Burke.

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