by Andrew Vachss
Burke is back—stalking the dark alleys of his past in search of a vanished woman … and some truths about himself.
They meet in a no-name diner. A shadowy man hands Burke a CD-dossier of someone he wants found. Minutes later, as Burke watches from an alley, his client is gunned down by a professional hunter-killer team. Burke slips away, unsure if he's been spotted. Later, when he examines the dossier, he discovers that the missing woman is Beryl Preston, a girl he'd rescued from a brutal pimp twenty years earlier—when she was only 13—and returned to her father. Now he has to find her again—not just because she might be in danger, but because he has to be sure he didn't wrong her the first time. His search will force him to confront a new kind of human ugliness, and, finally, to practice the survivalist triage that has marked—and cursed—his life since childhood. In Mask Market, Burke the outlaw investigator finds himself searching for the truth: not only about a girl named Beryl, but also about himself.
Pantheon, 2006 (hardcover)
Vintage, August 2007 (mass-market paperback)
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