18 Facts About Andrew Vachss


Andrew Henry Vachss was an American crime fiction author, child protection consultant, and attorney exclusively representing children and youths.

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Andrew Vachss worked in Biafra, entering the war zone just before the fall of the country.

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Andrew Vachss worked as a labor organizer and ran a self-help center for urban migrants in Chicago.

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Andrew Vachss then managed a re-entry program for ex-convicts in Massachusetts, and finally directed a maximum-security prison for violent juvenile offenders.

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Andrew Vachss was the author of 33 novels and three collections of short stories, as well as poetry, plays, song lyrics, and graphic novels.

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In 2012, Andrew Vachss' published Blackjack: A Cross Novel, featuring the mercenary Cross Crew, introduced in earlier Andrew Vachss short stories as Chicago's most-feared criminal gang.

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Andrew Vachss often referred to Shella as his "beloved orphan" until the 2004 release of The Getaway Man, a tribute to the Gold Medal paperback originals of the 1960s.

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In 2005, Andrew Vachss released the epic Two Trains Running, a novel which takes place entirely during a two-week span in 1959, a critical period in American history.

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In 2010, Andrew Vachss published two books: his novel The Weight, is a noir romance involving a professional thief and a young widow in hiding.

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Andrew Vachss created illustrated works with artists Frank Caruso and Geof Darrow .

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Andrew Vachss wrote non-fiction, including numerous articles and essays on child protection and a book on juvenile criminology.

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Andrew Vachss's books have been translated into 20 languages, and his shorter works have appeared in many publications, including Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, and The New York Times.

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Andrew Vachss was a member of PEN and the Writers Guild of America.

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Andrew Vachss's so committed to his family of choice—not his DNA-biological family, which tortured him, or the state which raised him, but the family that he chose—that homicide is a natural consequence of injuring any of that family.

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Andrew Vachss coined the phrase "Children of the Secret", which refers to abused children, of whatever age, who were victimized without ever experiencing justice, much less love and protection.

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Andrew Vachss coined the term to combat the mistaken over-emphasis on "stranger danger, " a bias that prevents society from focusing on the most common way children are accessed for victimization:.

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Andrew Vachss was a passionate advocate against animal abuse such as dog-fighting, and against breed-specific legislative bans.

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Andrew Vachss noted that using these particular breeds further increases the victims' feelings of security; their "dangerous" appearance, in combination with the extensive therapy training, makes them excellent protection against human threats.

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