Search Results: "Andrew Vachss"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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SAFE HOUSE by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1998

"Think of a lesser James Bond adventure, minus the high-tech gadgetry and the rules."
Child-abuse specialist Burke expands his righteous field of operations—his one-man harrowing of our modern cityscape—to cover an Aryan supremacist network of terrorists. Read full book review >

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FOOTSTEPS OF THE HAWK by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 1995

"But after all these years of avenging helpless children, his heart doesn't seem to be in a case that involves victims as relatively empowered as adult women and imprisoned felons. (Author tour)"
After his sabbatical in the cushy Connecticut suburbs (Down in the Zero, 1994), judge-jury-executioner Burke is back on New York's meanest streets, this time caught in the crossfire between two homicidal cops. 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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BATMAN by Andrew Vachss
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 7, 1995

"But Vachss himself would probably agree that staging events like this one to grab headlines is precisely his point."
If you were floored by Robin Williams's genie in Aladdin, wait till you sink your fangs into the latest, and unlikeliest, pop-cultural marriage: child-abuse specialist Vachss (Footsteps of the Hawk, p. 982, etc.) meets the Caped Crusader. Read full book review >

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BORN BAD by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Still, what can you do with a thick pile of short stories that even the author claims aren't writerly?"
Two short plays and 42 stories from Vachss, who's known for his eight novels (see below) featuring PIs who hunt down child abusers and sex offenders. Read full book review >

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MORTAL LOCK by Andrew Vachss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"A collection of white-hot short stories."
The baddest noir stylist of them all (That's How I Roll, 2012, etc.) digs into his archives from the past 15 years and comes up with 20 visits to hell. Read full book review >

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ONLY CHILD by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"Vintage Vachss, with hell-for-leather pacing propelling the story over gaping plot holes."
Burke, that sworn enemy of child-abusers, is back for the 13th time (Pain Management, 2001, etc.) doing business as the same old scourge. Read full book review >

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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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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 >