Andrew Vachss’ pre-Flood novel A Bomb Built in Hell was written in 1973. It was rejected by every publisher, one of whom described it as a “political horror story,” others of whom berated it for its “lack of realism,” including such things as Chinese youth gangs and the fall of Haiti. And the very idea of someone entering a high school with the intent of destroying every living person inside was just too … ludicrous.
Readers of Vachss’ Burke series will immediately recognize Wesley, the main character of A Bomb Built in Hell. This is his story.