Urban Renewal Cross Novels #2 (Pdf/E–pub) » Andrew Vachss
The Clock Without a Face dBaroue extent So yeah read it I guess Not a typical VachssI m used to the Burke series which arcs towards the moral This was a self centered book than I expected Sparsely written and lots of random violence Excellent tale but not the greatest back story Not sure I m a fan of this group in the book Andrew Vachss s fans will beelighted with his latest book For those familiar with the Cross series comics and the previous novel Blackjack this new book jumps right back into the familiar harsh world occupied by Cross and his family of choice In addition to some Captives of the Private House dead aimed lessons about how the mean streets work Vachss includes much longed for sections of backstory on the characters and how they came together If it s been a while since you read Jackpot consider revisiting it before youive into Urban Renewal The plot points matter For those unfamiliar with Vachss s work this is probably not the right place to start Try Haiku That s How I Roll or Aftershock instead Then move up to Blackjack and Urban Renewal Vachss expects his readers to work This is not turn off your brain material Vachss gives #His Readers Puzzle Piece #readers puzzle piece puzzle piece and expects them to keep each piece in play until it links with another sometimes far Teaspoon and an Open Mind down the line For those with the patience to see it through the completed picture is complex breathtaking and as always educational Vachss s power to evoke righteous outrage has only grown over the years Time after time Urban Renewal challenges the reader to action Ion t know the name of the martial art Vachss practices on his pages but he s the grand master without compare He s a tough teacher but he s the best The entire time I was reading Urban Renewal I felt like I was missing something like there was an inside joke I wasn t privy to It s a frustrating read one that wanders all over the place with only the barest sense
of cohesion The blurb s misleading and that s the most frustrating thing of all Buying up the cohesion The blurb s misleading and that s the most frustrating thing of all Buying up the is only a minor part of the story There s something in there about manufacturing a turf war another thing about Cross being on someone s shit list and while the beginning scene A Celtic Miscellany does eventually get tied into the overall story it takes a while and then the thread gets lost in the muck of this story Oh And let s not forget the unnecessary backstory and the lack of chapters It s like Vachss wants you to read Urban Renewal in one sitting only I kept putting itown Cross is pretty much a blank canvas and that s okay I idn t mind the fact the man had little personality It was his thing to be so unremarkable that he s not really a blip on the radar Each of the characters were istinct though Princess Foxs Feud (Farthing Wood, drove me a little nuts asid Tiger I would have liked Ace and Tracker The uiet ones are always the ones who leave you wonderingCharacters aside Urban Renewal was a mess I was hoping for a taut twisty crime novel Instead I gotthis Whatever this isCopy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review The plots get a little convoluted and The Culture Code difficult to follow at times but the message stays strong clear and constant OK now I m just feeling stupid for continuing to buy and read these I felt like I already read sections of this and I just found parts in Everybody Pays Stories and there may be some of Born Bad Collected Stories here too It s a mosaic novel Those sections are just slotted in having been slightly reworked and I m left looking mosaic novel Those sections are just slotted in having been slightly reworked and I m left looking a chump paying twice for the same merchandise Disappointing Let s be clear Andrew Vachss prose is addictive He writes lean and mean so minimal that it s practically subliminal He can imply with a single sentence story than Stephen King can fit into an entire chapter His protagonists tend to be hard street smart and Banish Clutter Forever deadly if provoked Andrew Vachss books are habit forming You ve been warnedIn this novel Cross is persuaded into real estate An opportunity to make some money. Turned from seller to buyer grabbing up houses on aecaying block where only a few holdouts remain Both the cops and the underworld are watching closely but are they the only ones. .
Read & Download Urban Renewal Cross Novels #2Urban Renewal is the second installment in a new paperback original #series originally conceived as a comic book series for Darkhorse I believe featuring the ulta lethal Cross crew Urban Renewal is #originally conceived as a comic book series for Darkhorse I believe featuring the ulta lethal Cross crew Urban Renewal is episodic novel that features a uplicitous stripper the political machinations within a crime syndicate an aspiring pimp urban gangbangers street racers and neo Nazis Fantastic comic book elements combine with gritty urban realism Urban Renewal is
An Action Packed Fast Paced Read Or Listen I Checkedaction packed fast paced read or listen I checked the Dreamscapes audio ramatization My only complaint is that sometimes plot lines shift too uickly and the book ends with head scratching abruptness Nonetheless I m very much looking forward to the third installment Drawing Dead ue out later this month from Vintage CrimeBlack
Lizard Cross and his crew are back and firmly placed in ChicagoalbeitCross and his crew are back and firmly placed in Chicagoalbeit a Chicago tied to specific streets etc some liberties are taken with geographyUptown plays a recurring part but not my Uptown the public housing high rises are gone and the strip clubs on Rush Street isappeared long before the high rises Pistols for Two did But no one caresAs always Vachss has created a family of choice at the core of which are survivors of severe childhood abuse childrenrugged tortured and aba Sometimes you read a book where you resent every tuppence farthing ha penny or copper shaving that s in any way transferred from your possession on account of you choosing to read it Welcome to Andrew Vachss 2014 Urban Renewal the second in the series about Cross and his crew of mercenary Chicago criminalsCross and his crew are investing in real estate buying some available property with an eye towards making some semi legal money off of it So they ll have to run off some gangs that occupy the nearby area And they Stronger do some other crimes and we flash back to how the crew began when Cross met Ace in a juvenile prison and then included the immense Rhino And we have arag race and some fights and just about every hard boiled clich and stereotype Vachss can cram between two covers before his publisher said All my editors will uit if you Loss (Gus Dury, don t stop nowSeriously Vachss wastes pages showing us how an old school pimpying of tuberculosis teaches his nephew how to make actual money in the real criminal world of pimping piling lecture on lecture from the older man before killing the younger pimp and not even onscreen in the book in order to protect a hooker that a The Last Rite (Danilov Quintet, dancer at their strip club has brought in to escape his abusive behavior Then Cross and crew murder the pimp s other hooker because she has enough money that she might hire a privateetective once she Alacrity (Illumine, decides he s missing and wind up murdering both the hooker they tried to rescue and the ancer who brought her in because someone said the rescued hooker worked for the FBI And after mocking the ancer for being stupid enough to believe them when they said they would let her go Tons of fine crime stories have criminals as antiheroes that we wind up rooting for because the writer built the story around interesting people who happen to be tough guy crooks Vachss has built the Cross stories around people who are less tough guys than they are bullies with a mean streak You might complain that I have spoiled some of the book but that would be incorrect It was spoiled as soon as the ink hit the pageVachss who has never been one to underestimate his own prophetic voice would probably counter that the world of the Cross books is so bleak because it represents the lives of too many people used by a predatory part of society and cast off by the indifference of the rest Perhaps But telling me what made the people I m reading about become such mean spirited bullies Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, doesn t tell me why the story they re in wanders all over the place while managing to go nowhereoing itVachss knows how to write and he knows how to construct a storyline with characters you rather see mak. Chicago the reigning #1 city in homicides has no shortage of eadly gangs And all those gangs know well that the Cross crew occupies a cinderblock bunker called Red 71 the last plac. E it to the end of the book instead of Fitness for Living die early so you could get rid of what they came in and wash your hands repeatedly Heid so
several times in his Burke series and he wove his philosophical points into the story intimes in his Burke series and he wove his philosophical points into the story in that showed what he wanted to say
OF TELLING IT SO THERE IS SIMPLY NO REASON it So there is simply no reason half assed re hash like this to go out with his name on it And no reason for anyone to either spend money acuiring it or time reading itOriginal available here This book is so bad that it is funny The text is mostly Love Is Blind dialogue and rarely has stilted and exposition jammed supposedly hard boiled speech been inflicted upon the reading public Every voice in the book sounds like the same foul mouthed five year old trying to sound tough The plot is scattershot and meandering with pages of backstory inserted simply to explain a throwaway one line reference Such as it is it concerns the violent pursuits of a gang of super competent criminals run by a cold eyed assassin named Cross Vachss wants us to like this ridiculous broadly painted gaggle of preposterous stereotypes the sueaky voiced huge guy named Rhino Tiger the snarling lipstick lesbian who wanders around with throwing knives strapped to her leg Princess theamaged man child who resses like a flamboyant gay man in the hopes that someone will gay bash him so he can beat them to eath the taciturn Chickasaw named Tracker He really The World in the Curl does They are sworn siblings bound together by their history of abuse and their thirst for vengeance against the institutions thatamaged them We hate them All of them is the motto of this band of brothers They have a code sort of Sometimes they only kill wrong Connexity doers but then they abandon that to knock off two strippers at their club one of whom is a Fed plant Vachss has a personal obsession with child abuse He is an advocate for children and he has a hatred for those who hurt them Let us all very seriously and without irony applaud him for his very necessary work in thisomain That being said shoehorning these things into every A Personal Influence damn novel he writesoes not make for good fiction Do they have Mary Sues in noir fiction I feel like the author is fantasizing about getting his vengeance upon abusers by imagining himself as Cross These books serve as revenge porn for Vachss and I suppose those who read him as well Don t get me wrong it s a subject that should be addressed again and again but not as clumsily as it is hereThis book also contains some of the weirdest writing about hip hop I have ever came across There is a brief subplot where a character murders a Chicago rapper and Vachss summation of the geography of the rap world East and West they go to the Americas First City death to prove who s the best Only thing they agree on is there can t be no rest you see the picture I m painting for you sounds like it was written by a Martian An out of touch old white Martian And his African Americanialogue is eeesh Vachss lives in New York he s a lawyer for troubled and abused kids his wife was a prosecutor he has been around tough and Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, dangerous people And yet his bizarro grimdark underworld characters are lifeless and unbelievable The crimes they commit are pointless and clumsy It s bad Just badI am not certain if it is intentional but there is a sort of science fiction feel to the setting Chicago apparently has a mileseep junkyard that the Cross Crew run as their personal fiefdom why which they roam in their custom Shark Car an armor clad super vehicle painted in urban camo Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women did a five year old boy write this I guess this shit is from the comic book Whatever it isumb as hell There is also a real estate scam subplot that is totally uninterestingAll that being said this is a book I just couldn t put Charity Girl down It was so awkward and weird and awful that I enjoyed it People I respect like Vachss so I keep picking him up and I keep failing to be impressed but this one is awful to an absolutely. E you want to go unless you're willing to risk it being the last place you go The crew is notorious for itseadly efficiency and its isinterest in anything but money So why has it. .