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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Vachss Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781415926338
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Electrifying, compelling, and ultimately terrifying, Two Trains Running is a galvanizing evocation of that moment in our history when the violent forces that would determine America’s future were just beginning to roil below the surface.

Once a devastated mill town, by 1959 Locke City has established itself as a thriving center of vice tourism. The city is controlled by boss Royal Beaumont, who took it by force many years ago and has held it against all comers since.

Now his domain is being threatened by an invading crime syndicate. But in a town where crime and politics are virtually indivisible, there are other players awaiting their turn onstage. Emmett Till’s lynching has inflamed a nascent black revolutionary movement. A neo-Nazi organization is preparing for race war. Juvenile gangs are locked in a death struggle over useless pieces of “turf.” And some shadowy group is supplying them all with weapons. With an IRA unit and a Mafia family also vying for local supremacy, it’s no surprise that the whole town is under FBI surveillance. But that agency is being watched, too.

Beaumont ups the ante by importing a hired killer, Walker Dett, a master tactician whose trademark is wholesale destruction. But there are a number of wild cards in this game, including Jimmy Procter, an investigative reporter whose tools include stealth, favor-trading, and blackmail, and Sherman Layne, the one clean Locke City cop, whose informants range from an obsessed “watcher” who patrols the edge of the forest, where cars park for only one reason, to the madam of the county’s most expensive bordello. But Layne is guarding a secret of his own, one that could destroy more than his career. Even the most innocent are drawn into the ultimate-stakes game—like Tussy Chambers, the beautiful waitress whose mystically deep connection with Walker Dett might inadvertently ignite the whole combustible mix.

In a stunning departure from his usual territory, Andrew Vachss gives us a masterful novel that is also an epic story of postwar America. Not since Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest has there been as searing a portrait of corruption in a small town. This is Vachss’s most ambitious, innovative, and explosive work yet.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azariphale | 9/12/2013

    " A real interesting look at a time in american crime history when tough had to be tough! Another great read by my favourite author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 3/17/2013

    " It took me forever to slog through this. Parts of it were good but mostly it was just a chore to read. My least favorite Vachss book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 9/27/2012

    " another non burke book. Looking forward to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Jeffrey | 8/25/2012

    " I ordinarily love the books Vachss writes. While good enough to eventually read all the way through, the book is not up to his usual standards. I only read this book after three abortive attempts. If you've not read the Burke books, do so instead or at least first. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/13/2012

    " I kept waiting for something significant to happen in this book and felt as if it were a waste of time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaitlin | 1/3/2012

    " i couldnt even finish it honestly. i felt like going to sleep every time i picked it up. and usually i can read any book and love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 11/5/2011

    " The author wears an eye patch. I will probably not read anymore books that he has written even though he has an eye patch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Newman | 10/10/2011

    " Not my favorite of Vachss books. He seems to have lost track of the story half way through writing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Thebodeau | 4/8/2011

    " This was my first time reading Vachss. I liked the book but was disappointed in the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samir | 1/21/2011

    " It is a defiantly exciting book with all the action and the hired gun Dett but what got me to purchase the book was the fact that the author has an eye patch. It was so cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/9/2011

    " Initially I liked Vachss, then the violence just got to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominick | 7/10/2010

    " Long, sprawling novel set in 1959, involving various intersecting plots about political machinations, race war, gang war etc. The contract killer character is interesting, but there's a lot of typical Vachss blather that slows everything down, and it ultimately is just too scattered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 4/4/2010

    " Not my favorite of Vachss books. He seems to have lost track of the story half way through writing it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/18/2009

    " I kept waiting for something significant to happen in this book and felt as if it were a waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 1/4/2009

    " another non burke book. Looking forward to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azariphale | 9/11/2008

    " A real interesting look at a time in american crime history when tough had to be tough! Another great read by my favourite author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/23/2008

    " I ordinarily love the books Vachss writes. While good enough to eventually read all the way through, the book is not up to his usual standards. I only read this book after three abortive attempts. If you've not read the Burke books, do so instead or at least first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/18/2008

    " Initially I liked Vachss, then the violence just got to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 7/25/2007

    " The author wears an eye patch. I will probably not read anymore books that he has written even though he has an eye patch. "

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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

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.