"One can count on Vachss being grim whether writing one of his Burke novels or a stand-alone like The Weight, but this ... is grimmer than most. ... Crafty, strong-willed [narrator Esau Till] combines courtly manners, deadly paybacks, and ruthless singularity of purpose in this chilling tour de force." - Publishers Weekly
"That's How I Roll is a noir masterpiece." --Ian O'Doherty, The (Irish) Independent
"This novel could easily be mistaken for a memoir. ... both chilling and realistic." --Laura Schultz, New York Journal of Books
"Classic, gritty Vachss, who writes prose you can strike a match on." -Mike Ripley, Shots
"Strikingly original ... a sort of loose, episodic confessional that builds the story stone by stone, strewing the landscape with bodies and dispensing folksy wisdom ... A smart, cynical glimpse into the human condition." -Kirkus
“Combines [Vachss’s] trademark black humor with his longstanding concern for children and their well-being. . . . A smart, cynical glimpse into the human condition.”
“Crafty, strong-willed Esau combines courtly manners, deadly paybacks, and ruthless singularity of purpose in this chilling tour de force.”
"Born of a supremely abusive father and his own sister, Esau Till is trouble from day one—a hired killer who ends up on death row. This book unfolds as Esau's effort to tell his life story in a bid to protect Tory after his own death. Vachss writes raw, eye-opening works that deserve our attention."
PRAISE FOR ANDREW VACHSS:
“Many writers try to cover the same ground as Vachss. A handful are as good. None are better.”
“Writing in a style so sleekly engineered that it purrs when you pop the hood, Vachss gives us such a smooth ride that it’s easy to forget someone is driving this thing.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Vachss’s stories . . . burn with righteous rage and transfer a degree of that rage to the reader.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“A contemporary master . . . Decidedly hard-boiled, his prose is lean, tough-edged, and brittle.”
—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Vachss’s tough-guy writing style grabs you by the hair and jerks you to attention.”
—Detroit Free Press
“Vachss writes hypnotically violent prose made up of equal parts broken concrete blocks and razor wire.”
From the Inside Flap
Esau Till's race is almost run. After pleading guilty to a series of homicides, he sits on death row, awaiting lethal injection. And writing his life story. But his memoir is no case study in tragedy--it's his one last chance to protect his brother Tory after he's gone. And, as too many have learned, when it comes to protecting his baby brother, Esau Till is a man without boundaries.
Esau's father was a widely feared beast who waited until his first girl child was "old enough to bleed" before killing his wife. In Esau's words: "When you're birthed out of your own sister--when her father is your father too--you know you're not going to come out right. Not you, not your life, not nothing."
When the genetic cards were dealt. Esau drew a genius IQ and a horribly crippled body. His brother Tory drew a "slow" mind and almost super-human strength. Very early on, Esau learned that the only way to guarantee his baby brother's safety was to make himself indispensable to certain people. A self-taught explosives expert, he became the top assassin for two rival local mobs. When a third mob attempted to recruit his brother, Esau took them all out, unaware that one of them was an undercover FBI agent.
Execution looms, but no prison can hold Esau's mind. Or his love. As the State prepares to take his life, Esau plots going all-in on the last and most deadly hand he will ever play.