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Down Here (Burke #15)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  762 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
For years Burke has harbored an outlaw's hard love for Wolfe, the beautiful, driven former sex-crimes prosecutor who was fired for refusing to "go along to get along." So when Wolfe is arrested for the attempted murder of John Anson Wychek, a vicious rapist she once prosecuted, Burke deals himself in. That means putting together a distrustful alliance between his undergrou ...more
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Published April 13th 2004 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 2004)
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Jun 24, 2013 Melki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
That's the way it is down here. If you can't be counted on, you can't be counted in.

Former prosecutor Eva Wolfe is the ONLY woman who seems capable of resisting Burke's rather dubious charms. So, of course, SHE is the not-so-secret love of his life. It just seems to work out that way.

Now, Burke's heart-throb stands accused of the attempted murder of a brutal serial rapist. Time for Burke to come to her rescue and track down the real attempted killer, or lousy shot, as "attempted" killers are kno
Larry Bassett
I first read Andrew Vashss early in 2012 when I read a book late in the Burke series. I had heard that Vachss was “weird” and that was all I needed to give him a try. So my first Burke was #16 in the series; then I went back and started at the beginning and have been working my way to the end ever since.

You have been somewhat removed from my active shelf, Mr. Burke. But here we are together again for the first time in more than half a year and I can’t even remember where we left off. What past
May 23, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I have noted before Vachss is decidedly not for every mystery reader. His prose is dark, gritty and focused on career criminals, their culture and ethics (...and yes, there is order and morality even among most "non-citizens.) His lead, Burke, is a man of strong passions and a code as inviolate as that of any philosopher or cleric. If you enjoy noir urban tales, strong characters and tight plots, Vachss is your man, but he is not for the politically correct or the faint of heart.
Tim Niland
Oct 27, 2008 Tim Niland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Con man and unlicensed private investigator Burke has long carried an unrequited love for Wolfe, the former prosecutor turned outlaw information broker. When Wolfe is arrested for attempted murder, Burke knows that the whole case is a sham, but he must use all the tools at his disposal to crack the case. Burke and his "family" of fellow outlaws delve deep into the case, using techniques that are well outside of traditional law enforcement. This is another wonderful Burke adventure, it is a tribu ...more
Tom Hicks
He has got to be my most favourite mystery writer. Love all of his books especially the Burke novels.
Jan 04, 2013 Ramzi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vachss creates interesting anti heroes but 15 books into this series and I've started rooting for the bad guys. Only Max the Silent still intrigues and man do I wish Burke would just shut the hell up with his Einstein of the street routine and finally take a bullet to a vital organ. Unfortunately there's no going back and I'm forcing myself to finish this series strictly out of obsessive compulsiveness. Hearing him weigh in on the root cause of terrorism was hilariously moronic (it's apparently ...more
Gary O.
When I first started reading the Vachss' Burke novels, I thought the unique 'family' characters were an interesting deviation from the standard character fare of the detective/private investigator genre novel. However, I have tired of them, they now come across to me as over-stated and for this reason, I have rated this book a 3 while previous novels were 4s. I have also grown to dislike the abundance of unfinished statements which are sprinkled throughout the dialogues.
Leonardo Etcheto
While reading this book I was struck by the fact that the bad guys get very little page time in the Burke series. Unlike other "detective" novels, where you often get a glimpse of what the bad guy is doing or thinking to so as to build tension, here the story is all about Burke and associates doing their thing looking for Mr. Wrong. In this one the bad guy is actually present only at the very end. All other references are to his record and past as they close in on him. Very intersting.
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Dec 29, 2008 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some years ago, I read Flood and Strega and enjoyed them. As a casual fan of Mr. Vachss, I enjoyed the quick pace and grit of "Down Here," though I wished he'd developed the two female characters - Laura and Wolfe - more. There were the makings of a really interesting anti-love triangle here. Instead, "Down Here" is essentially an investigation/mystery story, enjoyable if a bit forgettable. I won't rush out for another dose right away, but Vachss is still one of the writers I know will entertain ...more
Jul 22, 2010 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-noir
I am a fan of Vachss writing, especially the Burke series; there have been so many gritty, suspenseful outings. This, unfortunately, isn't one of them. A lot of 'telling' instead of 'showing' in a story digging into the reason why a serial rapist is being protected by the feds.
I had trouble with the dialogue. Vachss has all the characters (except for Max obviously) constantly interrupting each other or finishing someone else's thoughts. It can be a useful device but it is employed to distration
Apr 08, 2011 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Since learning that Andrew Vachss just wrote his last Burke novel I thought it a good time to catch up on some of the missing pieces. Though entertaining, this was not the best of the bunch. The ending seemed rushed - let's just get this over with. Nevertheless a good read.
David Ward
Down Here (Burke #15) by Andrew Vachss (Alfred A. Knopf 2004)(Fiction - Mystery) concerns an attempt by a convicted serial rapist to frame ex-D.A. Wolfe (Burke's unrequited love interest). Ha! Not when Burke's on the job! My rating: 5/10, finished 6/22/11.
I love Andrew Vachss. I truly do. Unfortunately this book didn't grab me as much as the preceding books of the Burke series. The story doesn't really progress and it kindof leaves you with an empty feeling after finishing it.
Aug 12, 2007 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, noir
Jeez, I'm finally caught up! All of the Vachss books are pretty entertaining; they all take themselves *very seriously* but some are in fact pretty silly. Also, I sometimes put them down and go, "wait, what?"
Oct 01, 2007 Alan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ditto my kissoff of Vachss as reflected in the other review. Some of Burke's sidekicks are interesting, but the author is not going to let you learn anything about them.
May 29, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting and kept the pages turning. I loved how everythings was to be kept a secret and how some of the characters never gave away thier identity.
Unleash your inner vigilante. Vachss' character Burke does all the things you wish you could do (or at least all the things I wish I could do)
Dec 03, 2012 Lorilee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love thsi series, but this was my least favorite. The interaction with the sister was odd to me and added no value.
Apr 14, 2007 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peacecorps
one of the many in a series.

andrew vachss mysteries are a special kind of seedy, gritty, and dark. i adore them.
Oct 11, 2008 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best Vachss book, but still good.
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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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