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Just to be clear, I’m new to Andrew Vachss. I’ve read a couple of his Burke books, but that’s all. Here I was hoping for something like a Burke book without it being a Burke book because the first two of those were really similar. I have a feeling after reading this one that all of Vachss’ books follow similar lines. That’s fine. I guess most genre authors do. These Cross have enough going on and is different enough that I actually prefer them over Burke at this point. The rough edges are rougher and the street crime stories are mixed with flourishes of the military, supernatural (maybe) and even exploitation, which I really liked. The world of Cross feels VERY much like Walter Hill’s The Warriors to me.
This is the second Cross book and I have just started the first one. I recommend reading the first (Blackjack) before you buy this one. You could read this without reading Blackjack first, but you might feel lost like I did for some of the time.
I admire Vachss’ work so far, but I don’t know how good I’d say his actual writing is. These Cross books are told in the 3rd person and I think the 1rst person suits Vachss better. Because he still tells the story like a guy talking to you and it stylistically doesn’t work. I also didn’t always know what was happening in the story. Some of that was because I hadn’t read Blackjack. It was also because of plotting issues.
But that’s what I mean by the book having rough edges. That’s OK with me. It sort of works for the story.
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You know there is a lot of violence in the first book but at least Cross and his gang were doing violent people. This book is different. When they use, abuse and then murder innocent women I quit reading and sent it back.