Search Results: "Andrew Vachss"


BOOK REVIEW

URBAN RENEWAL by Andrew Vachss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Zero at the bone. Just the thing when you want something less good-natured and reflective than Lawrence Block's tales of Keller the hit man."
More criminal adventures for tougher-than-thou hireling Cross and his covey of Chicago assassins (Blackjack, 2012). Read full book review >

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CHOICE OF EVIL by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1999

"If the prospect of an extended rhetorical duel between tougher-than-thou Burke and his worked-my-way-up-from-kidnaping-children quarry doesn't get your juices flowing, you may want to sit this round out."
Burke, the investigator/mercenary with a heart as cold as Mike Hammer's .45, is hired to protect a serial killer from the cops. Read full book review >

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SHELLA by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1993

"Despite the absurdly hard-boiled prose: a swift, savage, and unexpectedly moving exploration—somewhat reminiscent of Jim Thompson—of love among the swamp lizards."
Vachss's seventh novel—and his first not to feature ``outlaw'' p.i. Read full book review >

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A BOMB BUILT IN HELL by Andrew Vachss
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"History has caught up to Wesley's bleak odyssey, repeatedly rejected for publication decades ago but now unnervingly prescient."
Vachss' very first novel, often plundered for his later fiction (That's How I Roll, 2012, etc.) but never before published, traces the rise, or fall, of a homegrown terrorist. Read full book review >

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THE WEIGHT by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Even in the absence of his signature tough-guy hero Burke, Vachss (Haiku, 2009, etc.) is just as macho, jaundiced and relentlessly didactic about what a hard, hard world it is."
A criminal who's spent five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit finds that life on the outside is just as violent and unfair. Read full book review >

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THE GETAWAY MAN by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"As slick and enjoyable as a vintage Jim Thompson paperback or a Saturday afternoon at the bijou."
Vachss abates the edge he saves for his Burke series (Only Child, p. 1083, etc.) in this retro noir. Read full book review >

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FALSE ALLEGATIONS by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Vachss has never sacrificed fictional interest to muckraking as zealously as he does here."
Child-abuse specialist Burke (Footsteps of the Hawk, 1995, etc.) is hired for a unique assignment: to see if he can disprove an accuser's allegations of childhood abuse. Read full book review >

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SACRIFICE by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1991

"Vachss still writes a mean page, full of sound and fury; but his spike-hard prose and action are blunted by a moralism that smugly sets Burke up as the most obnoxiously self-righteous—and increasingly one-note—judge, jury, and executioner since Mike Hammer."
A routine sixth outing for Vachss's dark knight Burke—that is, a bitter cup overflowing with satanic child-rape, multiple personality disorder, voodoo, execution-murders, and other workaday hazards of the ``outlaw'' p.i.'s ever-more bleak—and vengeful—Gotham half-life. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER LIFE by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 30, 2008

"For a guy who hates shrinks, Burke spends way too much time working through his private traumas, putting the brakes on what would otherwise be an engrossing thriller. His writing may be more therapeutic for the hero than for his readers."
Avenging angel Burke goes global in search of the kidnapped son of a Saudi prince. Read full book review >

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MASK MARKET by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 2006

"Vachss (Two Trains Running, 2005, etc.) is pretty much in top form here—dark and violent, of course, but with a nice little sort-of love story as leavening."
After a one-book breather, Burke (Down Here, 2004, etc.), that relentless abuser of child-abusers, is back seeking measure for measure. Read full book review >

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DEAD AND GONE by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"As usual, it's personal, very personal, for Burke throughout the brisk dialogue and fast-paced action of the sharply honed, knife-edged plot. Passion triumphs. Revenge rules."
Bad boy Burke ("born bad . . . born sad") is back with a vengeance in the latest neo-noir from Vachss (Choice of Evil,1999, etc.). Read full book review >