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ISBN: 0394585232
Author: Andrew Vachss
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (June 16, 1990)
Pages: 255
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 636
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In this savagely convincing novel, Burke finds himself in a fading Indiana mill town, trying to clear a boy charged with a series of sexually motivated shootings. He's intent on finding the real sniper-and his unlikely ally is a beautiful woman named Blossom.

In the figure of Burke, Andrew Vachss has given contemporary crime fiction one of its most mesmerizing characters

Крупнейшая электронная онлайн библиотека насчитывающая более 328 942 произведений в 270 жанрах. 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 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.

Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a. .

Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social caseworker, a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for youthful offenders. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youths exclusively. He lives and works in New York City and the Pacific Northwest. The dedicated Web site for Vachss and his work is ww. achss. BOOKS BY. Andrew Vachss.

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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.

Author: Andrew Vachss. 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.

In the figure of Burke, Andrew Vachss has given contemporary crime fiction one of its most mesmerizing characters. 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.

Andrew Henry Vachss (born October 19, 1942) is an American crime fiction author, child protection consultant, and attorney exclusively representing children and youths. Vachss' last name rhymes with "tax". He grew up in Manhattan on the Lower West Side. Before becoming a lawyer, Vachss held many front-line positions in child protection. He was a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, and a New York City social-services caseworker.

Not yet. I knew why I came to Indiana. Did what I came for. What my brother asked. I knew the Sociopath's Song by heart. Travel light and you travel fast. ing when you get there. I knew the man who was out there. Out there in the dark, shadow–stalking, licking his lips, directing his porno movies through a telescopic sight. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

From AustraliaGenre: Crime & ThrillerFormat: PaperbackAuthor: Andrew Vachss. False Allegations: A Burke Novel By Andrew Vachss.

In this savagely convincing novel, Burke finds himself in a fading Indiana mill town, trying to clear a boy charged with a series of sexually motivated shootings. He's intent on finding the real sniper--and his unlikely ally is a beautiful woman named Blossom, who has her own reasons for finding the murderer, as well as her own idea of vengeance.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Comments:

Tisicai
"Blossom" is Andrew Vachss' fifth Burke novel, and while it is an excellent book, I would not suggest that those folks new to Burke's world make his acquaintance here. "Blossom" definitely stands on its own, but for a richer more comprehensive read you should have more background information. I do not have an addictive personality, but the Burke series is one of the most powerful in the crime suspense/thriller genre. I am totally caught-up in Vachss' complex characters and their mind-boggling escapades. Actually, forget the genre "bit," these novels belong in a class of their own. I began with book one - "Flood" - and never looked back. However, "Strega and/or "Blue Belle" are also good places to meet Burke and crew. And meet them you should if you are looking for well crafted fiction and you don't flinch at the gritty, seamy, darker side of life.

Burke, is still in a funk after losing his woman, Belle. Then Virgil, and old cellmate, asks for his help. Rebecca, Virgil's wife, travels to New York hoping to bring her husband's "brother" back to the Indiana mill town where they live - and where the trouble is. Burke and Virgil are tighter than blood makes most brothers. There's no way our man can refuse - nor would he want to.

Rebecca's teenage cousin Lloyd has been accused of a heinous crime he didn't commit...so he says. When the police don't have enough evidence to hold the boy, they remand him into Virgil's and Rebecca's custody on bail. Then the heat gets turned up. The press, out in full force, are looking for blood. A reporter hears some of Lloyd's classmates comment about his "peeping" habits and all hell breaks loose. Bail is revoked and Lloyd runs. Virgil goes after him and both are now in hiding. Virgil wants Burke to find out the truth about his cousin and about the "Son of Sam" type murders that have been going down in Merrillville, Indiana.

The perp is a sex sniper...sometimes call a "piquerist." "It wasn't in the DSM-III, not even in the latest revised edition. It is a pathological condition: it means the realization of sexual satisfaction from penetrating a victim by sniper activity. Or stab wounds, or even bites." Is Lloyd the one killing the young couples who park in Lover's Lane? And if not, who is?

Enter Blossom. A waitress and much more. She has her own reasons for wanting to catch the killer.

Vachss continues to reveal more of Burke's character, his grim inner world and his past in "Blossom." He is one of the most complex protagonists I have encountered in popular fiction - edgy, dark, an outcast, as hard-boiled as they come, a scam artist who is a standup guy, a righteous man, and above all, a survivor. Burke, the man, and the strange folks who people his world and call him" friend," are what make me a faithful fan and keep me hooked on the series.

The usual suspects are all present, including: Max the Silent, a Mongolian warrior who also calls Burke brother; Pansy is a warrior of another species - she's a Neapolitan mastiff and Burke's roommate; the Mole, a pasty-faced genius who lives in a bunker beneath a high-tech junkyard; the Prophet, a scam artist who speaks in rhyme; Mama Wong, group doyenne - a Chinese Jewish mother and restaurateur. She cares for the gang, takes Burke's messages, holds his stash and feeds him hot and sour soup; Michelle, the gorgeous transvestite who is absent here - dealing with her "change." She is present in spirit." And Terry, the lost boy who was adopted by Michelle and Mole is around also. I think this novel is all the more interesting for getting Burke out of the Big Apple and having him hang-out with the Hoosiers. The new cast of characters that comes with the new surroundings only adds richness to the narrative.

As always Vachss narrative hits hard. His street tough dialogue and staccato-like prose lend authenticity to this raw, darker than noir world - a world where unspeakable horrors are perpetrated upon innocent children. The author, a leader in the child protective movement, calls it "a war," and considers his writing as powerful a weapon as his litigation. He openly admits that he writes about the abuse of children because he wants to raise people's awareness of what's going on, and he'll reach a wider audience with fiction.

This is a powerful novel - part of a superb series. Kudos to Andrew Vachss!
JANA
Beanisend
In the world of hard-boiled crime fiction, few are as hard-boiled as Andrew Vachss. In his Burke series of novels, the reader is plunged into a hellish world where even the good guys are crooked. In this world, Darwin means everything: only the fittest (which is to say, the slyest, most violent or most evil) survive and the weakest soon perish. Parallel to this dark land is the world of "citizens": the more-or-less law-abiding people who pay taxes and go to school and church. When a citizen is forced to go into this hell - like when a child is kidnapped by a pedophile - it is Burke who tries to set things right, as long as his price is met.

Although Burke is basically a loner who exists outside the system, he does have a family of sorts, people who he's bonded with over the years. In Blossom, we are introduced to another such family member, Burke's "brother" and former prison-mate, Virgil. Virgil is a rare success story, an ex-con who has become a citizen. Unfortunately, his nephew, a troubled teenager named Lloyd, is accused of killing some people; when it looks like he will be put in jail pending trial, Virgil helps Lloyd flee.

Through Virgil's wife, Burke is recruited to determine if Lloyd is actually guilty. And although Burke does determine that Lloyd is innocent, he decides to also find the killer. The disadvantage for Burke is that he's out of his element: instead of being in the comfortable - if dangerous - confines of New York, he is in a small town in Indiana. Adding to the complications is the title character, Blossom, who is also after the killer. It is no surprise that eventually she and Burke will get together, but readers of previous novels know this is not necessarily a good thing for him.

Although superficially, Burke may resemble other tough-guy heroes such as Richard Stark's Parker, he is actually a much deeper character. Burke has undergone a number of traumas in his life, to the point where he doesn't so much try to be happy as he tries to avoid being unhappy. As always, I find the supporting characters in these stories to be a little too offbeat at times to be taken seriously in these rather grim novels, but in Blossom, they are pushed off to the side for the most part. Vachss once again has succeeded in presenting a tale that is well-written and suspenseful. If you have enjoyed the other Burke novels, this one will also be a pleasure.
X-MEN
Having read all the Burke novels and a couple of the short story collections I am still looking for more Vachss books. The writing and stories are great but the idea that the kinds of acts/ crimes that lead Burke to act even happen are chilling. I would like to think that Mr. Vachss exaggerates but know down deep that he does not. The books are great reads that leave a disturbance in the air after each one is finished.
Original
More additions to Burke's family. Finally met Virgil. Now Reba,Lloyd, and the kids. Blossom, is absolutely incredible. A terrific tale of brothers, family and innocence.
Bys
Blossom was a great read for me.Very enjoyable and I loved the fact that he just happened to venture to the state I live in. Burke keeps you guessing at every turn and never lets you down. Whenever I pick up a book by Andrew Vachss, That is it for me, I am in for the night until the book is read. If you love great books start with Flood and go down the line of the Burke novels, Make sure you make a pit stop and read a bomb built in hell but read a few Burke's first. Great read, Highly recommended.
artman
I listened to this book. Like most of Burkes books that I have read, it is very detailed with slow movement. Once you finish the entire thing, then you say "Oh, that was a good story"
GAMER
Vachss is a fantastic and descriptive writer. His Burke novels are wonderful, engaging and thrilling. I hope they keep on coming forever!!
I love all of Andrew Vachss books. He never disappoints with his books. I love Burke and the crew and I can imagine what the look like.

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