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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DOWN IN THE ZERO by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 29, 1994

"Burke's return is welcome—his superstud act may be extreme here, but he's one of the most fascinating male characters in crime fiction; and as usual, Vachss controls his narrative, cut up into bullet-sized chapters, with admirable precision."
After an absence in Vachss's last novel Shella (1993), Burke—the PI hero of all the others—returns for this, Vachss's eighth. 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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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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BLACKJACK by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 2012

"Quick read, but somewhat disjointed. A novel premise, and the sort of thing that could develop a passionate following."
The feds think the man named Cross is a sociopath, but Cross believes in Truth, Justice and the American Way—or enough so that he can be useful. Read full book review >

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TERMINAL by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Digressions and diatribes against politicians, therapists, thriller writers, the ACLU, the CIA and so on, but not much storytelling, which is unfortunate, since Vachss (Mask Market, 2006, etc.) is pretty good at that."
Making his 17th appearance, Burke—hardened ex-con, unabashed vigilante, stone killer and yes, famous children's advocate—stalks the child abusers in a 30-year-old crime. Read full book review >

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TWO TRAINS RUNNING by Andrew Vachss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 14, 2005

"A bit of a slow coach in the middle, but it recovers well. Dark, violent, blood-drenched, page-turning."
Vachss (Down Here, 2004, etc.) plows a field famously sowed by Dashiell Hammett and reaps his own kind of red harvest. 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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SIGNWAVE by Andrew Vachss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"As so often in Vachss, the story is less notable as a story, or an exploration of characters in conflict, than as an extended meditation on what Dell aptly calls 'the zen of violence.'"
Former mercenary Adelbert Johnson, still living in retirement at an Oregon village with his wife, Dolly, finds that the world just won't leave a man alone to ruminate in peace. 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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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 >