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False Allegations (Burke #9)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  850 ratings  ·  21 reviews
"In the first rank of American crime writers. . . . Next to Vachss, Chandler, Cain and Hammett look like choirboys."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Burke--ex-con, mercenary, sometime killer--makes his living preying on New York's most vicious predators and avenging their innocent victims. But in Andrew Vachss's mercilessly suspenseful new novel, Burke finds himself working the ot
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published October 22nd 1996 by Knopf (first published 1996)
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Dan Schwent
When Burke gets hired by an albino lawyer named Kite, he finds himself investigating a woman who claims to have been sexually abused as a child to see if her allegations are true, hopefully giving Kite's methods validation. Is the woman telling the truth? And will Burke tell Kite the truth when he learns it?

Andrew Vachss' books are as depressing as a room full of dead puppies and this one is no exception. Burke travels to places that make sewers seem like luxury hotels and meets people who make
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This novel is actually a reversal of what we've come to expect of the Burke novels. We know he's a hunter of pedophiles, sadists and abusers of women and children and starting with Flood (Burke #1), Burke's first client (Vachss often entitles his books after the lead female character that captures Burke's heart in one way or another), we have been served up with brutal paths that lead towards Burke's kind of justice: revenge.

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The personal Star Chamber

In this, we find Burke on the other
Larry Bassett
It has been a while since I have read a book in one day. This one I just couldn’t put down. Vachss created something like a textbook about child abuse and promoted Child Trauma Programs at the end of the book. I would say there is a blockbuster conclusion here.

This is book #9 in the eighteen book Burke ( series. This book was published in 1996 so it has a few years on it. However the technology is not so out of date as to be distracting. There are cell p
Burke is just not enough of an interesting character and/or Vachss is not a good enough writer to make this, or the other Burke novels, any more than ok. Not recommended unless you're desperate.

A somewhat interesting installment in the Burke lexicon, False Allegations finds Burke in the midst of an investigation to prove the validity of a child abuse victim's claims. He's hired by a man named Kite, a strange "crusader" of sorts, who's convinced that most allegations of sexual abuse are in fact false. In this instance, Kite has hired Burke to prove that a victim is telling the truth, only to manipulate her into ultimately recanting her confession, thereby shattering the credibil
Craig Werner
Excellent Burke novel. Tapping into his activist work, Vachss foregrounds the CIVITAS project, which seeks to develop a methodology for gauging the reliability if recovered memories of child abuse. There's a long sequence in which a doctor from the Baylor University Medical School explains how it works. It's a measure of the effectiveness of the novel that it doesn't feel like a digression. It's also one of Vachss best plots, one that kept me off balance all the way. The core issue regarding the ...more
Tim Niland
Ex-con and off the books private investigator Burke doesn't like being played for a chump, and when the abuse of an exotic dancer leads him to a so called “debunker” of child abuse accusations, he doesn't know what to think. The debunker hires Burke to make absolutely sure his client was telling the truth before taking the case to the court and the press. But the truth has so many levels, how can one man tell who's right and who's wrong amidst the changing stories and chaos? It's clear that this ...more
This is a little of a let down for me. While it's another in the "Burke" series it's not nearly as gripping as previous books.

Written in Vachss' modern day hard boiled style, False Allegations looks at how the system can get justice wrong at times.

While I love Vachss' writing style, this book was not as suspenseful as previous works. However, please do read it if you are reading the series, each book gives enough extra Burke backstory to make it worthwhile.
Yet another grim exploration of the dark side, with Vacchss' streetwise anti-hero Burke helping a guy interested in false allegations of child abuse, a legitimate area of concern that Vachss unfortunately gives short shrift by making the false allegations advocate a simplistic villain. The book would have been more interesting and also more morally complex (but less morally problematic) if Vachss were interested in taking false allegations seriously (to give him credit, he does not totally ignor ...more
While I personally found the insight into the practice -- and abuse -- of law fascinating, this is probably the slowest, least action filled Burke book ever, and is really only for folks who are going on the journey with the character, as opposed to just reading the books for enjoyment.

I'm here for the ride through Burke's mad world, till the end--the character and the books and what they're about are all important to me. But the casual reader, someone who isn't so invested? Yeah, this is probab
Felt very by the numbers, some good backstory on Burke but not a very engaging read
James Kidd
I finished this in a rush this morning. Not because it has an all action violent finale, but as I just wanted to know how this worked out and where the "false allegations" would come. Contrast with say the first 4 Burke books. This is a different world almost, but with of course a rich vein of truth running throughout. Why 4 stars? Because as a novel, this dopes not grip anywhere as tightly as previous Burke novels. As a way of highlighting the "truth", it merits 10 stars. Compelling, but in a d ...more
Good, this one had a twist at the end.
Stuart Mcgrigor
A nice unexpected twist at the end.
False Allegations (Burke #9) by Andrew Vachss (Vintage Books 1997)(Mystery - Fiction) is one of the more involved Burke novels. This story involves an albino protagonist named Kite who hires Burke to determine whether or not child abuse has occurred. Burke's conclusion is only the beginning of the plot twists and other subterfuge in this tale. My rating: 6.8/10, finished 6/14/11.
Sharon Michael
Vachss does his usual exceptional presentation of the grim, dark underside of urban life. I have been addicted to his characters since I read his first book years ago but it is an addiction that is not comfortable. His personal experience makes depiction of the grim, bitter realism of child abuse and its lingering, deadly aftereffects incredibly painful.

Tery Lambertt
I loved this book because I have a strong interest in psychology, specifically the effect of trauma so this book was right up my ally. Yet, for the general population I think it might be boring and the ending was not good at all!
The expositions about child abuse were informative, but by the time this one ended I no longer knew who was trying to prove what.
This was my least favorite Burke book so far. It was like some psych training manual. Not enough of the rest of the crew.
Even weirder and preachier than usual. This is probably the last Vachss book I'll pick up for a while.
Kevin Ould
Not one of my favorites in the series. Seemed like filler at times.
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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 varie ...more
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