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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (925 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Vachss Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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From the author of the acclaimed Burke private-eye series comes an ambitious and chilling novel that shows us not only what evil is, but where it comes from. For Shella is nothing less than a tour of evil's spawning ground, conducted by one of its natural predators. He is called Ghost because he is so nondescript as to be invisible and because he slays with such reflexive ease that he might be one of the dead.

Once he traveled with a woman who was called Shella - because those who had treated her as a horrendously ill-used child had tried to make her come out of her shell. Now Shella has vanished in a wilderness of strip clubs and peep shows, and Ghost is looking for her, guided by a killer's instinct and the recognition that can only exist between two people who have been damaged past the point of no return. The result is Andrew Vachss's most compelling work to date, the thriller reimagined as a bleak romance of the damned.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramzi | 2/17/2014

    " This was the first book I read by Andrew Vachss and it remains my favorite. Written from the perspective of a socially arrested contract killer named Ghost, the story follows the killer's quest to track down the title character, Shella, an exotic dancer from his past. It's hard edged, like I've found all of Vachss' work to be, and is not for the squeamish. This book triggered me to start reading the Burke series and a few other stand alone Vachss novels/short story collections. He's currently my favorite author to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana | 2/9/2014

    " If you like happy endings, you may want to skip Shella. However, if you like a twisted love story where murder and metropolitan underbellies are key players, get this book now. Vachss gives good noir with his minimalist, "just the facts, ma'am" brand of storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim A | 1/30/2014

    " This is not a Burke novel, but a pretty good stand alone that Vachss wrote, I'm guessing to take a break from Burke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raegan Butcher | 1/28/2014

    " Andrew Vachss is a superb writer. His prose is spare and lean and this novel is even more stark and minimalist than his Burke novels. This one features a hitman named "ghost" and charts similar territory as the Burke series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/17/2014

    " Dark....VERY Dark. Therefore -lovely! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yara Tethys | 11/27/2013

    " The bleakest book I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dr Edward Diesel | 11/7/2013

    " Lean and mean. Vachss is a master at understatement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brobdignanian | 10/9/2013

    " This was the first book by this author to catch my eye. Each sentence was just as suspenseful as the last. I was heartbroken every time I had to put it down, but finished it in one night nonetheless. Andrew Vachss has been my favorite author since the moment I read the dedication page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Bowden | 10/5/2013

    " I think this was my introduction to Andrew Vachss, private eye, lawyer and attourney specializing in child protective cases. Good writer, disturbing material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/22/2013

    " Shella is a bleak, hard boiled love story between two incredibly damaged people. Vachss's style is blunt and economical, but it still succeeds in painting a vivid picture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 12/10/2012

    " Jet-black noir. Chilling and moving at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azariphale | 8/25/2012

    " There is something very fluid abnout the way Vachss Writes Characters, how they think, act, feel. I find myself polishing off any of this novels in no time at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bleakley | 5/18/2012

    " holy crazy eyepatch, batman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 thegift | 3/20/2012

    " this is vachss best work: a kind of twisted romance of exactly how far a man will go for his woman, violent, realistic, perceptive vision of a part of modern us life we do not want to think about. characters are extreme, but that is what works in this nightmare dark world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 2/12/2012

    " Strange but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 12/13/2011

    " A dark and gritty tale that holds the readers interest well, using a tight and concise writing style to explore many of the seedy and seamier underground aspects of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherryl | 7/15/2011

    " Straightforward, dark, noir novel. As good as Vachss can get. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/26/2011

    " Another quick read, somewhat darker than normal and just as seedy as usual. Good sex and lanquage throughout, highly recommend for those who devalue skin-heads and the AB. Vachss has lived the life and probably seen about all of the refuse that riff-raff produces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/8/2011

    " I like the way this book was written. It was short and to the point. Words were not wasted or thrown in there to fill pages. The story and characters were dark. The Ghost's mission to find Shella was suspenseful. Didn't like that too much time was spent on the natzi/kkk material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/7/2011

    " Excellent. Very, very excellent. This is a narrative pared down to the bone. The conservation of language here gives the story the impact of a slug from a .44 magnum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherryl | 12/30/2010

    " Straightforward, dark, noir novel. As good as Vachss can get. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dr Edward | 8/21/2010

    " Lean and mean. Vachss is a master at understatement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brobdignanian | 5/21/2009

    " This was the first book by this author to catch my eye. Each sentence was just as suspenseful as the last. I was heartbroken every time I had to put it down, but finished it in one night nonetheless. Andrew Vachss has been my favorite author since the moment I read the dedication page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azariphale | 9/21/2008

    " There is something very fluid abnout the way Vachss Writes Characters, how they think, act, feel. I find myself polishing off any of this novels in no time at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 7/18/2008

    " Jet-black noir. Chilling and moving at the same time. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Vachss

Andrew Vachss is a lawyer who represents children and youths exclusively. His many books include the Burke series and two collections of short stories, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, and the New York Times, among other publications. A native New Yorker, he divides his time between the city of his birth and the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.