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Footsteps of the Hawk

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In Footsteps of the Hawk Burke himself is in danger of becoming a victim. Two rogue cops are stalking him. The coolly seductive Belinda Roberts wants him to free a man charged with a grisly string...
In Footsteps of the Hawk Burke himself is in danger of becoming a victim. Two rogue cops are stalking him. The coolly seductive Belinda Roberts wants him to free a man charged with a grisly string...
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  • In Footsteps of the Hawk Burke himself is in danger of becoming a victim. Two rogue cops are stalking him. The coolly seductive Belinda Roberts wants him to free a man charged with a grisly string of rape-murders. The brutal and half-crazy Detective Jorge Morales may be trying to frame Burke for the same crimes. What ensues is a novel of high-wire suspense and nightmarish authenticity informed by an insider's knowledge of the city where everything--from flesh to other people's cellular phone numbers--is up for sale.



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  • From the book In my business, if you're the last one to a meet you could end up being left there when it's over.

    I watched the refrigerator-white Range Rover work its way around the broken chunks of concrete dotting the asphalt that used to be a parking lot. Those luxo four-bys cost big bucks -- I guessed Saunders had come into some serious money since the last time we did business. The big rig nosed forward, came to a halt at the start of the pier, then reversed so its rear end was backed against the abandoned building.

    I trained the binoculars on the driver's door, watching the man get out. It was Saunders all right, dressed in a suburban safari outfit, right down to a pair of gleaming black boots. The passenger door opened. Another man. Medium height, with a face too chubby for his build, wearing a camo jacket and combat boots, eyes covered with mirror-lensed aviator sunglasses. I climbed down from my perch atop a heavy crossbeam using a rope ladder dyed black. As I moved closer to the door, the ladder merged into the shadows.

    The mid-afternoon light was strong, fractured by the wreckage inside the abandoned warehouse -- I could see all the way across the grimy Hudson to the Jersey waterfront. The door swung open and they stepped inside.

    "Burke," Saunders said, offering his hand. "Long time no see."

    "You said business," I told him.

    "Same old Burke," he chuckled, dropping his hand... but keeping it in view. "This is the guy I told you about. Roger Cline."

    "That's Cline like Patsy, not Klein like Jew," the guy said, smiling with his mouth, his eyes invisible behind the mirror lenses. "Saunders here tell you what we need?"

    "Yeah," I told the man. "Ordnance."

    "Heavy ordnance, my friend," he said. "Can you do it?"

    "Sure," I told him. It was the truth -- with all the military base closings, it's easy enough these days.

    "What we need is--"

    "You ever do time?" I interrupted.

    "Huh?"

    "You ever do time?" I repeated, watching my reflection in the mirror lenses.

    The man turned his head slightly to his right, looking for an ally, but Saunders only shrugged, shifting his weight slightly to his outside foot, letting his body language tell the story.

    The man turned back to me. "Yeah, I pulled some time," he said, a hostile undercurrent to his reedy voice. "So what?" He pulled off the sunglasses and glared at me all in the same motion -- I guess it had worked better when he'd practiced it at home.

    "Not so what," I told him. "For what?"

    "What's it to you?" he asked.

    "I like to know who I'm dealing with," I told him in a reasonable voice.

    "Hey, I ain't asking your daughter for a date, man."

    "Suit yourself," I said.

    He was quiet for about fifteen seconds, still trying to stare me down -- good fucking luck. Then he ran a palm over his close-cropped brown hair, bit into his lower lip for a split-second, said, "Armed robbery."

    I nodded as if I was absorbing the information. "You go down alone?" I asked him.

    "Huh?"

    "When you went to the joint, your partners go with you?"

    "No. I mean, I didn't have no partners."

    I nodded like that made sense too. "All right," I told the man. "I'll see what's available. Take about three, four weeks. No guarantees, though."

    "I thought you could--"

    "What? Go over the wall and steal the stuff? Get real, pal.

About the Author-
  • Andrew Vachss, an attorney in private practice specializing in juvenile justice and child abuse, is the country's best recognized and most widely sought after spokesperson on crimes against children. He is also a bestselling novelist and short story writer, whose works include Flood (1985), the novel which first introduced Vachss' series character Burke, Strega (1987), Choice of Evil (1999), and Dead and Gone (2000). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Playboy, and The Observer, and he is a contributor to ABA Journal, Journal of Psychohistory, New England Law Review, The New York Times, and Parade.

    Vachss has worked as a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a caseworker in New York, and a professional organizer. He was the director of an urban migrants re-entry center in Chicago and another for ex-cons in Boston. After managing a maximum-security prison for violent juvenile offenders, he published his first book, a textbook, about the experience. He was also deeply involved in the relief effort in Biafra, now Nigeria.

    For ten years, Vachss' law practice combined criminal defense with child protection, until, with the success of his novels, it segued exclusively into the latter, which is his passion. Vachss calls the child protective movement "a war," and considers his writing as powerful a weapon as his litigation.

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  • - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    "Vachss is a contemporary master."

  • -Chicago-Sun Times "Vachss writes hypnotically violent prose made up of equal parts of broken concrete blocks and razor wire."
  • - Los Angeles Times "Vachss waves a powerful light across a city landscape that few writers go near and none portray so convincingly."
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