It takes a special kind of reader to interpret and understand what Andrew Vachss' fictional character, Burke, is saying in his series of novels. The reader should have some knowledge and experience on the streets. Being streetwise is only one of the prerequisites before reading his books. One also has to be able to accept the darker side of life. Burke's world is the underbelly of urban life. It is a world where only the strong survive. There is a me-against-you philosophy that exudes violence. Burke has his immediate family that is comprised of social misfits and castoffs. His family is his bloodline and no one else matters. He is a master thief. He makes his living bilking chumps and tracking-down young, lost souls and stealing them away from their current predicament. In this story, Burke is hired to find the 2-year-old son of a Saudi prince who was kidnapped, but not held for ransom. As usual Burke must use all his wits to try to find this little needle in the proverbial haystack. Loyal followers of Vachss will enjoy the secondary plot of Clarence falling in love with the nurse that is helping heal his father.