Down Here (Burke Series, Book 15) by Andrew Vachss

By Andrew Vachss

For years Burke has harbored an outlaw's not easy love for Wolfe, the attractive, pushed former sex-crimes prosecutor who used to be fired for refusing to "go alongside to get along." So while Wolfe is arrested for the tried homicide of John Anson Wychek, a vicious rapist she as soon as prosecuted, Burke bargains himself in. that implies placing jointly a distrustful alliance among his underground "family of choice," Wolfe's deepest community, and a rogue NYPD detective who has his personal stake within the outcome.

Burke is familiar with that Wolfe's alleged "victim," even supposing convicted just once, is basically a serial rapist. The deeper he presses, the extra gaping holes he reveals within the prosecution's case, yet shadowy legislation enforcement businesses look decided to guard Wychek in any respect expenses, irrespective of who it sacrifices. Burke ups the ante by way of re-opening all of the previous "cold case" rape investigations, calls in loads of markers from each side of the legislations, and eventually indicates the entire gamers why "down here" is not any position for travelers.

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In Brian’s presence she became pert, impudent, flirtatious. She emanated a wholesome sexiness, as if her plaid Gap skirt covered a leopard-skin garter belt. ’’ But she also saddened easily, and hungered for clarity, security, and purpose. He decided to play the rescuer, imagining that at his side she would grow strong—and grateful to him. Her white knight. They married within six months, and they doted and clung to each other with a passion that was both pure and excruciatingly cute. Then Luke came along, a child like a jewel, the proof and seal of their fusion.

Stay sharp. ’’ And out there was where his sermon promptly headed. The court system was a lie, he said, falsely legalizing queer sex and gun control. —when he knew God turned it loose at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. His voice began rising. The Catholic Church was a lie, nothing but witchcraft. Latin was a lie. Yup, Latin, a pagan tongue, supposed to be a dead language—but it wasn’t dead; it’s been kept alive as . . what? As the language of law, and science, and the Mass, and sorcery.

Nobody . ’’ Wyoming paused. ‘‘Except the Remnant. ’’ He raised the Bible above his head. ‘‘It’s all in here. ’’ ‘‘Tribulation is what’s coming. ’’ The congregation held still, waiting to hear how horrible. They looked like roller-coaster passengers preparing for the first heart-stopping drop down the rails. Wyoming flipped to a new scripture passage. ‘‘ ‘Behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death . . ’ ’’ Here we went. He had taken his time getting to the last book of the Bible, but he had to save the biggie for the end: Revelation, the zealot’s favorite thrill ride.

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