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Down in the Zero
by Andrew Vachss

Down in the Zero by Andrew Vachss
Vintage, 1995 (trade paperback, ebook, Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)

"Vachss is in the first rank of American crime writers."

Cleveland Plain Dealer

"[Vachss'] short sharp sentences crackle with energy; his plots are satisfyingly elaborate; the narratives are beautifully paced, and the characters . . . are always pungently individual."

Chicago Sun-Times

"Staccato prose, a mixed bag of Raymond Chandler style and James Cain sleaze and a voice that's pure Vachss—strident, sharp, a muscular rage raining down on a society in need of cleansing."


Andrew Vachss has reinvented detective fiction for an age in which guilty secrets are obsolete and murder isn't even worth a news headline. And in the person of his haunted, hell-ridden private eye Burke, Vachss has given us a new kind of hero: a man inured to every evil except the kind that preys on children.

Now Burke is back, investigating an epidemic of apparent suicides among the teenagers of a wealthy Connecticut suburb. There he discovers a sinister connection between the anguish of the young and the activities of an elite sadomasochistic underground, for whom pain and its accompanying rituals are a source of pleasure—and power.

Down in the Zero by Andrew Vachss
Vintage, 1995 (trade paperback)
Down in the Zero by Andrew Vachss
Knopf, 1994 (hardcover)

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