Blue Belle (Burke Series #3)
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Blue Belle (Burke Series #3)

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by Andrew Vachss

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            Burke is one of the most cold-blooded yet strangely honorable heroes in the history of crime fiction, an outlaw who makes his living by preying on the most vicious of New York City’s bottom-feeders, those who thrive on the suffering of


            Burke is one of the most cold-blooded yet strangely honorable heroes in the history of crime fiction, an outlaw who makes his living by preying on the most vicious of New York City’s bottom-feeders, those who thrive on the suffering of children.
            In Andrew Vachss’s tautly engrossing novel Burke is given a purse full of dirty money to find the infamous Ghost Van that is cutting a lethal swath among the teenage prostitutes in the ‘hood.  He also gets help in the form of a stripper named Belle, whose moves on the runway are outclassed only by what she can do in a getaway car.  But not even Burke is prepared for the evil that is behind the Ghost Van or for the sheer menace of its guardian, a cadaverous karate expert who enjoys killing so much that he has named himself after death.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Burke, a yuppie-hating, horse-playing ex-con and private-eye outlaw, takes on the Times Square world of porn and murder, he finds himself facing a deadly karate expert and falling for a masochistic woman who's learning to deal with her past as an abused child. Although this ``often reads like parody of hardboiled detective novels,'' the ``abrupt climax leaves the heart pounding,'' noted PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Better order more than one copy of this thriller. Readers will be tearing the pages apart to find out what happens next as Vachss reaches new heights, and depths, in this third entry in his investigator Burke series. Again the hero's special morality draws him into a case involving the sleaziest sex factories in New York, darting from strip joints to massage parlors to a mysterious Ghost Van that kidnaps very young girls for kiddie-porn and snuff videos. Burke's unorthodox ``family'' of helpers are here, and new love interest Belle participates in some very steamy sex scenes. Violence laced with the bizarre, the super-cool, and wit, this novel certifies Vachss as a first-rate writer on crime, the underworld, and the pits of the human heart and soul. Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L.
Lena Calhoun & The Emotions
Hellish hymns from Amphetamine Heaven...These people are witty and they are grand, they do terrible things and make awful remarks. Ombine is an East Village prima donna, a hoarder of gossip. He is filthy, but he is funny....The characters of "a" represent the bizarre new class, untermenschen's prefigurations of the technological millenium. -- The New York Review of Books
From the Publisher
"Burke would eat Spade and Marlowe for breakfast, not even spitting out the bones. [He] is one tough, mean, pray-god-you-don't-meet-him...hombre." -Boston Herald

"A book so ferocious, with characters so venal and actions so breakneck, that you dare not get in the way.... First rate."- Chicago Tribune

"A tough crime novel that pulls no punches; it places Vachss in the front rank of contemporary American crime writers."-Kansas City Star

Product Details

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Burke Series , #3
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Random House
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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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Blue Belle (Burke Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I really enjoyed this book...if you like stories that will really suck you in I highly recommend reading the new release 'Dance to Despair' (Memoir of an exotic dancer) by Rebeckka Sathen Black...this book was really pulls the reader in, and you won't be able to put it down...don/t miss it....