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Andrew Vachss
Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social-services caseworker, a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for "aggressive-violent" youth. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youth exclusively. He is the... show more



Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social-services caseworker, a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for "aggressive-violent" youth. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youth exclusively. He is the author of numerous novels, including the Burke series, three collections of short stories, and a wide variety of other material including song lyrics, graphic novels, essays, and a "children's book for adults." His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, The New York Times, and many other forums. His books have been awarded the Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére, the Falcon Award, Deutschen Krimi Preis, Die Jury des Bochumer Krimi Archivs and the Raymond Chandler Award (per Giurìa a Noir in Festival, Courmayeur, Italy). Andrew Vachss' latest books are Mortal Lock (Vintage, May 2013) and Aftershock (Pantheon, June 2013). The dedicated Web site for Vachss and his work is vachss.com.

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I'll think of a damn title later
I'll think of a damn title later rated it 6 years ago
A very good read, although it takes a while to get going. I'll be recommending this to my wrestler buddies.
Gurglings of a Putrid Stream
Gurglings of a Putrid Stream rated it 6 years ago
The second Burke novel.I have the Down Here omnibus, which includes the second, third, and fourth Burke novels. In his Introduction, Vachss says about Burke, "I wanted to show people what Hell really looked like...and I didn't think an angel would be the best guide." And he's right, I think. Yet Bur...
MartynVHalm
MartynVHalm rated it 6 years ago
My introduction to Burke, bought in a secondhand bookstore, Flood blew me off my feet. I read the whole series and badgered the Amsterdam public library with requests to include the books into the catalog.Recommended reading for fans of hardboiled, gritty, realistic crime fiction.
The Book Frog
The Book Frog rated it 6 years ago
The trouble with hardboiled fiction is that it's so ripe for parody. Even at its best this style of writing is so very unselfconscious, so glaringly stripped down--yeah, I know the all the words, it seems to be saying, but I'm so tough I only need to use a few of them. Sometimes that works. Chand...
All the Time in the World
All the Time in the World rated it 6 years ago
Once you've read a number of the Burke books, you can pretty much anticipate how it's going to play out - the roles of the usual cast of characters, if not the nuts and bolts of how this particular plot will be resolved. (Actually, this one surprised me a little in the denouement.)I was pretty unco...
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