Andrew Vachss with his Burke crime novel series instantly became one of my must-read authors. That was over 35 years ago. As time went on Vachss continued to write about Burke and his crime family, but he also branched out into other genres and formats.
When I recently saw that Mr. Vachss had a new novel, Carbon, coming out, I was excited to see what it would be about.
I was surprised to read that it would be a futuristic tale. Then I read the synopsis…
RELENTLESS POWER. HARDCORE ACTION. A CLASSIC, HARD-BOILED VIEW THROUGH A FUTURISTIC LENS.
In The City, government is God—in The Sector, anarchy rules.
The Membrane stands between those worlds. Some cross it to The Sector, seeking the forbidden. Some cross it to The City, seeking a chance to see the sky. Some try to stay. Most die trying.
In a world without paper, names are earned. Sector-born Carbon once risked everything for a chance to live in The City, a world with fresh paper and retinal enhancements that required a price beyond the ability of any Sector-born to earn alone. Captured, he entered prison.
Now, released to find a killer whose pattern threatens the government itself, Carbon’s real search is for the money stashed by his former gang.
But only one woman knows that location, and she isn’t willing to trade information unless she gets something in return—her abducted child. The child is somewhere in the Pure Zone, a wild place where sorcery works but firearms do not.
Trapped between hostile worlds, Carbon will enter the Pure Zone—hyper-focused and fatal to anyone blocking his path.
Carbon, sounded a bit too fantastic for my taste… yet it was Andrew Vachss. So I read the free sample at Amazon and Carbon is now on my “get list”. Check it out and perhaps Carbon will be on yours as well.