A Bomb Built in Hell: Wesley's Story

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Fiction - 241 pages
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Before Burke, before Cross, Andrew Vachss created Wesley: a ruthless assassin who would stop at nothing to take out his targets. A Bomb Built in Hell is Wesley's story, in print for the very first time.
While doing extended time for killing a fellow prisoner, Wesley meets Carmine Trentoni in a New York state prison. Carmine's life sentence hasn't cut him off from his outside sources, and he sees great potential in Wesley to carry out his revenge, and carry on his lucrative business. Wesley emerges from prison prepared to be the perfect hitman: calculating, deadly, and driven by money. On his release from prison, Wesley follows Carmine's directions to locate a Mr. Petraglia-the Q to his working-class James Bond. Pet and Wesley set up shop in Brooklyn, and execute their assignments, from a rising Chinatown mobster to a visiting Haitian dignitary, with finesse-and, occasionally, more explosives than are strictly called for. But Wesley isn't satisfied with his low-profile lot, and sets out to make a mark on the city that everyone will notice-which he does, in a shocking, dynamite conclusion.

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User Review  - Beamis12 - LibraryThing

I think this is actually the first book Vachss wrote but could not get it published. I think Wesley is probably one of the uniquest characters in fiction and in this book we find out how he was ... Read full review

A BOMB BUILT IN HELL

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Vachss' very first novel, often plundered for his later fiction (That's How I Roll, 2012, etc.) but never before published, traces the rise, or fall, of a homegrown terrorist.To the untrained eye ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Andrew Vachss is a lawyer who represents children and youths exclusively. His many novels include the Burke series and two collections of short stories. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, and The New York Times, among other publications. He divides his time between his native New York City and the Pacific Northwest.

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