Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Everybody Pays - Andrew Vachss

Almost all the stories in Everybody Pays are short-shorts. These are something immensely difficult to do well. Given how high the quality of these pieces turns out to be, it is clear Vachss is a master at this length. So despite the near 3.50 average, like Michael Swanwick and his Periodic Table, this collection is a superior achievement.

Each tale hits in a short, visceral blast from Vachss' almost brilliant in its darkness urban jungle.

There is some variety here, a supernatural horror story, a series set in a near future dystopia, and the more martial long Cross novella at the end, which moves into a literal jungle for its extraction and betrayal setup.

His extremely terse style probably helps in the short-short or vignette game, too.

You could almost imagine the story:

'Burke Meets Cross'

"Drink?"

"Yep."

"Good dog there."

"Yep."

The End

Everybody Pays : Proving It - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Reaching Back - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Last Date - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Tag - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Dress-Up Day - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Homeless - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Mission - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Going Home - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : The Real Thing - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Slow Motion - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : True Colors - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Curtains - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : The Writing on the Wall - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Safe Sex - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Charmed Life - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Gamblers - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Just the Ticket - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Summer Girl - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Big Sister - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Time Share - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Goin' Down Slow - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Word Play - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Stepping Stone - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Fireman - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Dope Fiend - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Escort Service - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Stuntman - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Piecework - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : The Real World - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Perp Walk - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Good for the Soul - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Hit Man - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Searcher - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : The Concrete Puppy - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Harvest Time - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Pigeon Drop - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Two-Way Radio - Andrew Vachss
Everybody Pays : Everybody Pays - Andrew Vachss

Knives, no pretending.

4 out of 5


Seven Slayer baby brother time raise right deal.

4 out of 5


Bobbie stalkers.

3 out of 5


Ink markup justice.

3.5 out of 5


Realistically martial.

3 out of 5


Like to kill.

3 out of 5


Boy abuse Bushido sentence stalk.

4 out of 5


Last disguise leaving chance.

3.5 out of 5


Lolita phone sex shot.

3.5 out of 5


Gunfighting's for money.

3.5 out of 5


Latina Savage Dragon Army.

3.5 out of 5


Book Boy Questioner.

3.5 out of 5


Book Boy girls.

3 out of 5


Tunnels.

3.5 out of 5


Hydrofarm hookup.

3.5 out of 5


Traxyl fights.

3.5 out of 5


For a long con.

4 out of 5


I do him, you do her first.

3.5 out of 5


Hit machine.

3.5 out of 5


Escort bridge jumper.

3.5 out of 5


Harp hit.

3.5 out of 5


Prison wife con.

3.5 out of 5


Casino heist setup shootout.

3.5 out of 5


Not the right kind.

3 out of 5


Might hurt less dead, but I dunno.

3 out of 5


Need a terminal way in, kid.

4 out of 5


Hidding flaming actor situation.

3 out of 5


Everybody's woman not worth shooting over.

3 out of 5


No going back to it, really. Especially not with a bang.

3 out of 5


Buried evidence.

3.5 out of 5


Prison transfer kill.

3.5 out of 5


Both sides divorce dead.

4 out of 5


Dad death hunt.

3 out of 5


Cross, for dog murder.

3.5 out of 5


Organ donation hit.

4 out of 5


Kid dope deal.

3 out of 5


Transmit or receive. Make sure.

3.5 out of 5


South American girl spring double Cross.

4.5 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

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