Blossom (Burke Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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In the figure of Burke, Andrew Vachss has given contemporary crime fiction one of its most mesmerizing characters. An abused child raised in orphanages, foster homes, and prisons, Burke is a career criminal and outlaw who steals and scams for a living. 
   In Blossom, an old cellmate has summoned Burke to a fading Indiana mill town, where a young boy is charged with a crime he didn't commit and a twisted serial sniper has turned a local lovers' lane into a ...

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Blossom (Burke Series #5)

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Overview

In the figure of Burke, Andrew Vachss has given contemporary crime fiction one of its most mesmerizing characters. An abused child raised in orphanages, foster homes, and prisons, Burke is a career criminal and outlaw who steals and scams for a living. 
   In Blossom, an old cellmate has summoned Burke to a fading Indiana mill town, where a young boy is charged with a crime he didn't commit and a twisted serial sniper has turned a local lovers' lane into a killing field. And it's here that Burke meets Blossom, the brilliant, beautiful young woman who has her own reasons for finding the murderer—and her own idea of vengeance.  Dense with atmosphere, savagely convincing, this is Vachss at his uncompromising best.




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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Burke, a tough ex-con who ruthlessly tracks criminals, makes his fifth appearance here as he investigates several sex-related murders in an Indiana town. ``Many scenes are uncomfortably graphic and intense in themselves; their cumulative effect is extraordinarily powerful,'' said PW. ``Vachss is responsible for some of the grittiest crime fiction written today.'' (July)
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"Gritty, frightening, compelling and ultimately satisfying."- The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Brilliant... Burke is a creature you can't spend enough time with [and] Vachss, sculpting pieces of art out of the scummiest wastes of humanity, must be read."-People

"Burke is an unlikely combination of Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, and Rambo... Vachss's stories burn with righteous rage."- The Washington Post Book World

"A contemporary master... Decidedly hard-boiled, his prose is lean, tough-edged and brittle."- The Atlanta Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375719059
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/25/2001
  • Series: Burke Series , #5
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 295,768
  • File size: 476 KB

Meet the Author

Andrew Vachss, an attorney in private practice specializing in juvenile justice and child abuse, is the country’s best recognized and most widely sought after spokesperson on crimes against children. He is also a bestselling novelist and short story writer, whose works include Flood (1985), the novel which first introduced Vachss’ series character Burke, Strega (1987), Choice of Evil (1999), and Dead and Gone (2000). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Playboy, and The Observer, and he is a contributor to ABA Journal, Journal of Psychohistory, New England Law Review, The New York Times, and Parade.

Vachss has worked as a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a caseworker in New York, and a professional organizer. He was the director of an urban migrants re-entry center in Chicago and another for ex-cons in Boston. After managing a maximum-security prison for violent juvenile offenders, he published his first book, a textbook, about the experience. He was also deeply involved in the relief effort in Biafra, now Nigeria.

For ten years, Vachss’ law practice combined criminal defense with child protection, until, with the success of his novels, it segued exclusively into the latter, which is his passion. Vachss calls the child protective movement “a war,” and considers his writing as powerful a weapon as his litigation.


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