Andrew Henry Vachss

Andrew Vachss was a federal investigator (USPHS), a social-services caseworker, a labor organizer, and he directed a maximum-security institution for aggressive-violent youth. He was then a lawyer in private practice, representing children and youth exclusively.

His articles and essays have appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, the New York Times, MSNBC, the New York Daily News, Newsday, the ABA Journal, and the Journal of Psychohistory, along with numerous other forums.

He is the author of more than thirty novels and three collections of short stories, which earned him such international awards as the Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére (France), the Falcon Award from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Deutschen Krimi Preis (Germany) and the Raymond Chandler Award (Italy), as well as song lyrics, graphic novels, essays, and a Children’s Book for Adults.

He was most recently engaged in the work of the Legislative Drafting Institute for Child Protection ( Mr. Vachss lived and worked in his native New York City, Chicago, and the Pacific Northwest. He passed away on November 23rd, 2021. More information about his life and his work can be found on his official website:


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