Exclusive: Read a Short Story From Mortal Lock by Andrew Vachss

Weekly Lizard

No one covers the dark side of humanity like Andrew Vachss. His latest book, Mortal Lock, collects twenty stories—all previously uncollected, some never before published, and all appearing in book form for the first time—plus a screenplay. Among these pages you’ll find assassins; corrupt thugs; disgruntled writers; P.I.s who live by their own rules; even the occasional supernatural force. Together, they form a searing portrait of the criminal underworld.

Read on for “A Piece of the City,” an exclusive story from the collection in which Vachss takes us straight to the heart of a conflict between street gangs.