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Andrew Vachss

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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 youths exclusively. He is the author of numerous novels, including the Burke series, two 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. A native New Yorker, he now divides his time between the city of his birth and the Pa ...more

This is not a comment/criticism of the Publishers Weekly review of Aftershock. Opinions? Sure. First Amendment? Goes with saying. But when something is stated as fact, that's another story. The following quotes from the review are simply untrue:

[Dell] spends his time taking care of his woman

This is debatable, as Dolly certainly can take care of herself, but this:

killing those he considers the...
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Average rating: 3.92 · 26,656 ratings · 1,449 reviews · 82 distinct works · Similar authors
Flood (Burke, #1)
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 2,439 ratings — published 1985 — 22 editions
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Strega (Burke, #2)
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,776 ratings — published 1987 — 24 editions
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Blue Belle (Burke, #3)
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,621 ratings — published 1988 — 21 editions
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Hard Candy (Burke, #4)
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,436 ratings — published 1989 — 20 editions
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,260 ratings — published 1993 — 21 editions
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Blossom (Burke, #5)
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1,255 ratings — published 1990 — 18 editions
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Down in the Zero (Burke, #7)
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,131 ratings — published 1994 — 18 editions
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Sacrifice (Burke, #6)
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,074 ratings — published 1991 — 21 editions
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Safe House (Burke, #10)
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 946 ratings — published 1998 — 17 editions
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Dead and Gone (Burke, #12)
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 882 ratings — published 2000 — 15 editions
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More books by Andrew Vachss…
Flood Strega Blue Belle Hard Candy Blossom Sacrifice Down in the Zero
Burke (18 books)
3.971173496826933 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 18,594 ratings

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3.643835616438356 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 511 ratings

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Cross (7 books)
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Description: An excerpt from Andrew Vachss' forthcoming novel, The Weight (November 2, 2010, Pantheon)

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" Behavior is the Truth! "
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“Life is a fight, but not everyone’s a fighter. Otherwise, bullies would be an endangered species.”
Andrew Vachss, Terminal

“Cats are the lap-dancers of the animal world. Soon as you stop shelling out, they move on, find another lap. They're furry little sociopaths. Pretty and slick -- in love with themselves. When's the last time you saw a seeing-eye cat?”
Andrew Vachss, Safe House
tags: cat, cats, pet, pets

“Stealing to eat ain’t criminal—stealing to be rich is.”
Andrew Vachss, A Bomb Built in Hell



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“In my world, people are always plotting. You
have no idea of all the crimes people in business commit every
day. Like it was nothing. Or there’s a set of special rules for them.
Remember when Bush made that whole speech about ‘corporate
ethics’ last year? What a fraud. You think stuff like Enron or
WorldCom is an aberration? It’s only the tip. Business is a religion.
Probably the only one practiced all over the world.”
Andrew Vachss, Down Here

“When you hunt predators, the best camouflage is weakness.”
Andrew Vachss, Sacrifice

“Most investigators don't even know what the word means. You stop the cops from using informants and the only crimes they'd ever solve would be those by deranged postal workers who come to work once too often.”
Andrew Vachss, False Allegations

“People who don't have much get ugly about giving up the little they have left.”
Andrew Vachss

“Fear is an enemy that can be killed only at close range. The closest range of all is intimacy. The deeper the fear is embedded in one’s spirit, the more vulnerable it is.”
Andrew Vachss, Haiku
tags: fear

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Elmar Now I've read your tale "Die Macht des Mondes" which is part of the German book "Erbarmungslose Stiere". It was very short, but I really liked it!

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