By Andrew Vachss
Burke is again, yet nonetheless lurking within the shadows, not able to come domestic. he's prowling the unexpected streets of Portland, Oregon, looking for a runaway youngster. by means of all bills, Rosebud Carlin is a contented, well-adjusted woman. She doesn’t healthy the profile of the runaway youngsters Burke is familiar with so wellÉand as soon as was once. yet there’s whatever approximately her fatherÉ
Burke is familiar with the road script, however the actors are all strangers. bring to an end from his family members and his community of felony contacts, Burke is pressured right into a harmful alliance with a renegade team devoted to delivering aid to these in intractable soreness in any way precious. A discount is struck, and the fuse is lit. Heart-stopping and hard-hitting, Pain Management is the most recent bout in Andrew Vachss's exciting reign as undisputed champ of brass knuckles noir.
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