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Pain Management (Burke #13)

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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  762 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Burke is back, but still lurking in the shadows, unable to return home. He is prowling the unfamiliar streets of Portland, Oregon, in search of a runaway teen. By all accounts, Rosebud Carlin is a happy, well-adjusted girl. She doesn’t fit the profile of the runaway kids Burke knows so wellÉand once was. But there’s something about her fatherÉ

Burke knows the street script
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2002 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2001)
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Larry Bassett
I like a book with really short chapters. Pain Management meets the short chapter requirement.

Evidently I am not going to read any literature for a while yet. I already have my next two books stacked on my desk: The Sins of the Fathers and Mystic River. I am looking forward to reading both of them for the first time. In fact it will be my first exposure to the authors Lawrence Block and Dennis Lehane. But I don’t think they count any more as literature than this book.

This is my third Andrew Va
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Greenockian
Quite simply a magnificent novel that borders on being atrue work of art and genius. I have no idea how Vachss can write something of this quality. Don't approach this thinking you can simply sit back and be entertained as Vachss does not operate like that - this is a book designed to get the grey matter stirring and you'll find your mind wandering off at tangents time after time - normally a bad sign in abook but in this case it's most definitely not.
Ian
Vacchs is a keeper. Man goes deep on morality, a code for living, and the need for that to live well. Purposefully and rightly. Even if the main character's a criminal. When he cuts off the fist two stretches of the index fingers of a guy, he cauterizes them with his mini-blow torch, and the guy had cut a lot of hookers who hadn't paid up 20 bucks a night for 'protection' - someone else's racket who he later takes out -instantaneously and without remose or a second's thought- when the 'kingpin' ...more
Don Crouch
You've read all the stuff about what actually happens in Pain Management already, so let's not rehash any of that.
Vachss' novels appeal to a couple different types of readers: the surface dwellers, and the mission soldiers. No judgments intended or implied. For the surface dwellers, there is plenty of quality character development, noir action and twisty plot. Vachss ranks with the best in this area (Connelly, Lehane,Crais, Block, etc.). Some great new characters (let's all praise ANN O. DYNE!!!
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Rick
Another great book by Vachss. The more I read his work, the better I like it.
Ramzi
Nov 24, 2012 Ramzi rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of crime fiction
Definitely the weakest installment in the series I've read so far; Vachss brings Burke to unfamiliar territory (Portland) with less than stellar results. Gone are the rich characters we've come to know and love and in their place is a wide array of one dimensional personalities and an endlessly boring search for a teenage runaway. The payoff is weak (even by "later" Burke series standards) and is sure to rub a few people the wrong way. I'm a completist so I had to read this installment but in al ...more
Tim Niland
Burke... in Portland? The unlicensed private eye and unrepentant con-man is still on the west coast after chasing down the men that ordered the attack that nearly killed him. The New York cops have declared him dead and he's doing nothing to dissuade them of this notion, waiting with his "wife" Gem for word from his family that to coast is clear to return to New York City. While he waits, he is employed by a shady architect with a radical past to find his missing daughter. Along the way, Burke h ...more
Steve Dennie
“Pain Management” (2001) finds Burke staying in Portland with Gem. He accepts a job–to find Rosebud, a teenage girl who disappeared from her home. She appears to be a runaway. But why? Operating in Portland, without the familiar New York cast of underworld characters–Max, Michelle, the Mole, Mama, Clarence, and others–Burke is just another private investigator, and this is just another mystery plot.

Burke uses this book to preach against restrictions on industrial-strength pain medicine for termi
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Cynthia
I've read several of Vachss's books, and this is without doubt my least favorite.
Scott
This is not one fo Vachss' better works. A bit clunky and tired, like the squeeking chassis of '71 Dodge Dart. The characters are more two-dimensional than his earlier works which led me here.(Flood, Strega) Sadly, although I really looked forward to this book, I found myself reading with weary contempt, not the grinding envy I expected. Oh well, there's 10 other Burke novels prior to this one I can still read!
David Ward
Pain Management (Burke #13) by Andrew Vachss (Alfred A. Knopf 2001)(Fiction - Mystery) finds Burke in the Pacific Northwest cut off from his former life in NYC and allied with Samaritans who heist pain medications for the underprescribed. My rating 4/10, finished 6/23/11.
Mikal
Gritty fast read dealing with similar subjects (child abuse, loyalty, a different view of family, and virtue) that Vachss often deals with. Set in Portland, Oregon rather than New York. Rating 3 1/2.
Wolfgang
Another in Vachss over the top tough guy Burke novels that is too pulpy to be quality, but just enough to keep me entertained.
Steve
Pretty decent read as Burke is again on his own. Has a bit different feel that the other books but still good.
Andrea
I thought this was pretty good right up until the very anticlimactic and disappointing end.

Kim Mckiernan
Listened on audiobook. Engaging story, liked the Burke/Hazzard character.
Lorena Drapeau
not my favorite style or storyline but i ended up fairly amused by it.
Shawna
Great book, continues with Vachss's agenda.
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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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