Down Here: A Burke Novel

By Andrew Vachss

For years Burke has harbored an outlaw's tough love for Wolfe, the attractive, pushed former sex-crimes prosecutor who was once fired for refusing to "go alongside to get along." So whilst Wolfe is arrested for the tried homicide of John Anson Wychek, a vicious rapist she as soon as prosecuted, Burke offers himself in. that implies placing jointly a distrustful alliance among his underground "family of choice," Wolfe's inner most community, and a rogue NYPD detective who has his personal stake within the outcome.

Burke understands that Wolfe’s alleged "victim," even supposing convicted just once, is absolutely a serial rapist. The deeper he presses, the extra gaping holes he reveals within the prosecution’s case, yet shadowy legislations enforcement organisations look decided to guard Wychek in any respect charges, irrespective of who it sacrifices. Burke ups the ante by means of re-opening the entire outdated "cold case” rape investigations, calls in loads of markers from each side of the legislations, and eventually indicates the entire gamers why "down right here" isn't any position for travelers.

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Humiliated i used to be on the proposal of somebody connecting me to him. We don’t have an analogous identify. . . . you think that that’s disgusting, don’t you? ” “I imagine it’s human,” I advised her. “After all, for all you knew . . . ” “Who understands what anyone’s in a position to? ” she acknowledged. “Exactly. ” “This doesn’t do much to your e-book, does it, J.? ” Her expression shifted, too fast to learn. “Can I name you that? J.? ‘J. P. ’ appears like you need to be a banker or whatever. ” “Sure,” I stated. “Does somebody do it? name you that? ” “Never in my life,” I stated. “I by no means cherished my name,” she stated, wistfully. “When i used to be a bit woman, I consistently desired to switch it. ” “To what? ” “Oh, every kind of other issues. ‘Laura’ consistently sounded so outdated to me. i wished a wonderful identify. ” “Like Hildegarde? ” “Stop it! ” she laughed. “You understand what I suggest. I went to college with ladies named Kerri, and Pandora, and Astrid, and . . . names like these. ” “So why didn’t you? ” “What do you suggest? ” “I did a little analysis into this, for a narrative i used to be engaged on. All you should do, to alter your identify, is dossier a petition in court docket. ” “Just like that? ” “Just like that. you need to dossier a detect within the papers—in case you’re attempting to duck a host of bills and get a few new credit—but it’s no massive deal. ” “I may by no means do this now,” she acknowledged. “In my enterprise, a reputation is essential. no longer what the identify is, what it represents. Like a model. ‘Laura Reinhardt’ isn’t what to name me, it’s what I do. comprehend? ” “Sure. ” “So i assume I’m caught with Laura the Librarian. ” “That’s now not how I see you. even supposing I guess you’d glance actual lovely in glasses. ” “I have glasses,” she acknowledged. “I by no means rather use them—I put on contacts—but i've got them. I continually idea I appeared dorky in them. ” “Let me see. ” “I . . . okay, wait the following. ” i presumed I heard the bottle tree tinkle as she swept out of the kitchen, yet I couldn’t swear to it. She used to be again in a minute, donning a couple of simple around glasses with rust-colored frames. “All you wish is your hair in a bun,” I stated. “I knew it. ” “It’s your personal fault,” I stated. “You picked out the glasses, correct? ” “Sure. ” “But you didn’t decide them out an identical means you picked out your attire. Or your jewellery. Or your house, even. ” “I see what you suggest. . . . ” “They’ve bought millions of alternative frames. you'll get a few that may blow their own horns your eyes. Like placing anything specially attractive lower than glass. ” “Oh God, that’s so . . . ” She all started sniffling. thank you, Little Sis, I acknowledged to myself, protecting Laura Reinhardt opposed to me. “I should still move home,” I stated, later. “Am I making you—? ” “I simply believe grungy in those comparable clothes,” I informed her. “I have to swap. ” “Want me to come back with you? ” Fucking moron, you didn’t see that one coming? i assumed. “I’d wish to have you ever stick with me,” I stated. “But no longer until eventually I . . . perform a little stuff to my position. ” “You suggest, like, rehab? ” “No. I suggest, like, fresh. ” She giggled. Then stated, “You most likely imagine I’m the world’s top housekeeper, having a look round this position. ” “It does glance immaculate. ” “It should still. I’m infrequently the following.

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