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Hard Candy (1989)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679761691, Paperback)In this mercilessly compelling thriller, Burke—the private eye, sting artist, and occasional hit man who metes out a cruelly ingenious vengeance on those who victimize children—is up against a soft-spoken messiah, who may be rescuing runaways or recruiting them for his own hideous purposes. But in doing so Burke becomes a target for an entire Mafia family, a whore with a heart of cyanide, and a contract killer as implacable as a heat-seeking missile. Written with Vachss's signature narrative overdrive—and his unnerving familiarity with the sub-basement of American crime—Hard Candy is vintage Burke.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:34 -0400)
P. I. Burke gets unwillingly advertised as a gun-for-hire and pressure from the police and the Mafia, but decides to rescue a young girl from the dangers of a "safe house" for teenagers.