Search Results: "Andrew Vachss"


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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 >

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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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DOWN HERE by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 2004

"The narrative spine is a bit more collapsible than usual, but pace, tone, and atmospherics are all Vachss-grade."
Hard-boiled Burke (The Get-Away Man, 2003, etc.) gets all mushy over a damsel in distress. Read full book review >

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THAT'S HOW I ROLL by Andrew Vachss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2012

"A smart, cynical glimpse into the human condition—and into lives no one should envy."
Life is tough. It's tougher when you're on death row. 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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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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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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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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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 >