Flood (Burke Series #1)

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Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner.  She wants Burke to find a monster for her—so she can kill him with her bare hands.

In this cauterizing thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade investigator teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as ...

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Overview

Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner.  She wants Burke to find a monster for her—so she can kill him with her bare hands.

In this cauterizing thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade investigator teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements.  Fearfully knowing, crackling with narrative tension, and written in prose as forceful as a hollow-point slug, Flood is Burke at his deadliest—and Vachss at the peak of his form.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Hard-boiled fiction at its best."- The Chicago Tribune Book World

"Vachss's tough guy writing style grabs you by the hair and jerks you to attention."- Detroit Free Press

"An extraordinary thriller... Vachss never flinches from the horror."- Washington Post Book World

"Burke would eat Spade and Marlowe for breakfast, not even spitting out the bones. [He] is one tough, mean, pray-to-God-you-don't-meet-him hombre."-Boston Herald

Library Journal
You want tough? This thriller delivers. Burke, a New York private eye, is hired by Flood, a martial-arts-trained broad with plenty of past. Find this Nam vet, she says, the one who likes to rape and kill little girls. The ensuing events delve into child molesting, beatings, murder, prostitution, self-immolaiton, mercenaries, and mass murder. The convoluted plot involves a bizarre set of characters, whose moral codes are of their own making. The setting is the sleazy vicious side of New York, and it's never been more unflinchingly evoked. At the climax a ritual execution is the ultimate in shock. This first novel is recommended for those who like their fiction raw. Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679781295
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Burke Series, #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 236,533
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.35 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Vachss

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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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    The first of many exemplary books by Mr. Vachss

    Hidden in the first of his many Burke novels is a message that we all need to hear, but some will never believe. When he wrote the book over 20 years ago to the last in the series, people have thought Mr. Vachss was writing fiction. Read the books. The underlying message is there are monsters out there and we need to do something to PROTECT our kids. Living through the fantasy of the Burke characters, many "children of the secret" have benefited in knowing someone hears us, someone is taking action. I cannot say enough about these books, and the wonderful man who writes them. And, they are a good, gritty, entertaining read....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Comic book without graphics

    This is easily one of the worst books I have ever read. I finished it simply to see how bad it could be and was not surprised. It is incoherent and reminded me of a comic book without graphics.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    A SIZZLING THRILLER TO HEAT THESE COLD DAYS

    Amazing when you think that this iconic thriller was first written some 25 years ago. Since then there have been a number of copycats who have tried to imitate Vachss's tough guy narrative or replicate the jaw-dropping cast of characters who dwell in hero Burke's netherworld, but it can't be done. Vachss set the pace when he introduced his quixotic hero, a guy with a record and standards he's set for himself. Burke is a street wise (or more accurately dark alley wise) misfit who takes on cases that baffle the police.

    A gorgeous gal named Flood comes to him asking for help in finding a child killer so as she delicately puts it she "can kill him with her bare hands." The search is on through some of the most dangerous places in New York City and among the lowest of the lowlifes, the desperate depraved denizens of the City. However, while police and other private eyes would be put off by the likes of these, they're people Burke knows and understands.

    Vachss writes in a gripping almost staccato style, which is the way actor Christopher Lane narrates the story. It's a task to take on the voices of not only Burke but also his crew of pals, such as a panhandler dubbed the Prof and a genius in electronic who dwells under a pile of junked cars.

    If you want a sizzling thriller to heat these cold days, FLOOD is for you.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2002

    First of the "Burke" Novels

    I became an instant Vachss fan just by reading the interview that was published in Playboy by Laurence Shames in 1986. I had never read a book that "Told it like it was". Burke became my favourite fictional character (and still remains). Vachss 's books are not something that you would find on your maiden aunt's coffee table during tea time. They are raw, painfully realistic, and down right slammin'. Makes me wish that Burke WAS out patrolling the streets. If he were, we would have lost fewer babies to abuse and murder. If I could cast an actor to portray Burke on the big screen it would have to be Lance Henriksen or Stephen McHattie (since Neville Brand is gone).

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