The Weight

The Weight

Book - 2010
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Andrew Vachss returns with a mesmerizing novel about a hard-core thief who's about to embark on a job that will alter his life forever.

Sugar is that rarest of commodities: an old-school professional thief, tough and loyal as a pit bull, packing 255 pounds of muscle. When he's picked out of a photo array in a vicious rape case, the cops find his apartment empty. A stakeout catches Sugar when he returns . . . carrying a loaded pistol. The sex-crime cops get nothing from their interrogation, but a streetwise detective figures out why Sugar offers no alibi: at the time of the rape, a holiday-weekend break-in job was being pulled at a jewelry store. The DA offers Sugar two options: give up his partners in the jewelry heist and walk, or plead to the rape he didn't commit--and he'll toss in the gun charge. For Sugar, that's not two options; he takes the weight.
When Sugar finishes his time, his money is waiting for him, held by Solly, the mastermind behind the jewelry heist. But Solly tells Sugar that one of the heist crew was actually sent by another planner--and that planner has just died. In Sugar's world, all loose threads must be cut. He suspects that there's more to this job than what Solly is telling him. But nothing he suspects or imagines can prepare him for what he finds . . .
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307379191
Branch Call Number: M VAC
Characteristics: 263 p. ;,25 cm


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Feb 20, 2013

I liked the book, but I would agree that it is very in depth in regards to prison think. It was almost too much for my sensitive delicacies.

Oct 05, 2011

My second book by this author. Still I'm not impressed. The first half is so boring that you have to be a convict to appreciate the detail, probably. It starts to get better when "Sugar" heads down to Florida. And then it bogs down again into pure drivel. I don't think I'll be reading any Vachss for quite some time. NOT recommended.

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