Blackjack: A Cross Novel by Andrew Vachss

By Andrew Vachss

TO:UNIT three Chicago

SUBJECT:Specimen Retrieval

TARGET: Shadowy hunter-killer groups, ID'ed through signature kills around the world. Identifiable basically by means of skull-spine elimination from sufferers. No witnesses, no forensics, no specific race certain. On infrequent events, scraps of what seem to be cards discovered at homicide sites.

OBJECTIVE: find and catch any member of such groups. has to be taken alive for examine and observation.

AUTHORIZATION licensed to be used of out of doors CONTRACTOR: person ID'ed in basic terms as "Cross" and his group. A natural mercenary outfit, popular all through felony underworld--no within informants to be had. Ruthless, undeterred by means of danger, rumored by no means to fail, yet certainly not to be relied on. No identified political or social goal, yet has confirmed treacherous while retained by means of executive within the past.

UPDATE: move and his group declare to have pointed out a trend to the signature-kills, and think they could expect a approaching strike. they're ready to in my opinion confront-and-capture, yet monetary association by myself now not enough. What you describe as a "Get Out of detention center Free" card is hereby authorized

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