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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Vachss Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Dreamscape Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After pleading guilty to a series of homicides, Esau Till sits on death row, writing his life story. But his memoir is his one last chance to protect his brother. And, when it comes to his baby brother, Esau Till is a man without boundaries. When the genetic cards were dealt, Esau drew a genius IQ - and a crippled body. His brother Tory drew a slow mind - and almost superhuman strength. Very early on, Esau learned that the only way to guarantee his brother's safety was to make himself indispensable, so he became the top hired killer for both rival local mobs. As the state gets ready to take his life, Esau plots going all-in on the last hand he will ever play.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 2/8/2014

    " Andrew Vachss becomes a better writer with each book. His characters are more of him than many writers but there are so few writers like him that it is not all that unnerving. His plots pack plenty of punch, the pace is amazing and his characters are complex. His stories are not stories that exist elsewhere in literature and he is always worth a read in my book - plus the money always funds a good cause. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave Ward | 1/23/2014

    " That's How I Roll by Andrew Vachss (Pantheon Books 2012)(fiction - mystery) is the author's newest book. I've read almost all of his "Burke" series and a couple of his other books, but this is a stand-alone novel. Our protagonist here is on death row, in a wheelchair, and has only one goal in life: to protect and provide for the narrator's only relation, a mentally-challenged man-child named "Torrey-Boy," after the narrator is gone. This protagonist is a more sympathetic character than Burke was, and I like this approach better. My rating: 6/10, finished 3/30/12. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim Niland | 1/23/2014

    " Esau Till is writing his memoir from prison - death row as a matter of fact. But he is a man with a plan, the state may take his life, but he will do anything within his power to make sure that his developmentally disabled brother Tory-Boy is taken care of after he is gone. The story is told in non-sequential order, with Esau in prison, finally caught as one of the premiere contract killers of his location. When one of his bombs kills a federal agent, they track him down and his fate is sealed. Esau Till has a disability of his own, spina bifida, but even though he is confined to a wheel chair, his genius mind knows no bounds. After surviving a horrible family life under his sadistic biological father, aptly named The Beast, Esau slowly moves into a life of crime, first by selling painkillers and then using his technological skills to be a potent bomb-maker. All the while, his prime concern is being his brothers caretaker. Torn between working for two rival crime bosses, Esau plays both sides against the middle and gets as much work as he can ask for, building a network and a nest egg for Tory-Boy's care because Esau knows if the authorities don't get him, his condition will, it's just a matter of time. So as the clock ticks down to his either natural or state mandated death, he does whatever it take to make sure his brother is cared for. This was a fine book. It deals with themes that are familiar in Vachss' work, namely the sanctity of family and the nature of trust. One of the prime movers for Esau's good side was the town librarian, I was happy to see, and Vachss even gives a shout-out to his friend and fellow storyteller Joe R. Lansdale by naming the "good" crime boss after him. One of the most appealing things about Vachss' stories is that there always consequences for actions. There may be heroes, but there are no superheroes and everybody has to carry his own weight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Thomas | 1/13/2014

    " Pretty much what I expected -- raw and overwrought. It's a variation on what Vacchs does over and over again: a killer with a heart of gold protects defenseless victims from ubiquitous evil. This time it's George protecting Lennie with a load of C-4. I think I'm done with Vacchs unless he finds a new pond to fish in. "

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