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Footsteps Of The Hawk (Burke #8)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  791 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In Footsteps of the Hawk Burke himself is in danger of becoming a victim. Two rogue cops are stalking him. The coolly seductive Belinda Roberts wants him to free a man charged with a grisly string of rape-murders. The brutal and half-crazy Detective Jorge Morales may be trying to frame Burke for the same crimes. What ensues is a novel of high-wire suspense and nightmarish ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published October 29th 1996 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1995)
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Dan Schwent
Burke finds two cops gunning for him. One, Belinda, wants him to clear an imprisoned man for murder. The other, Morales, wants Burke dead or in jail. But how are the two cops linked...

Here we are again, another installment in Andrew Vachss Burke series. Like most of them, it's bleaker than a Valentine's Day at Jim Thompson's house.

Belinda, a character introduced in the previous Burke book, wants Burke to clear a prisoner of a murder. It seems other victims have turned up dead with the same calli
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For those readers not familiar with this series: please pick up a copy of Flood and begin there. But before you do and if you've been reading literature or any of the other genres where you feel the plight of heroines, represented as ladies, or characterized with depression, or struggling with love, or narcissism, or treated as outcasts due to theology, and especially if you are a reader sensitive to feminine rights...well, you can throw all that stuff out the door when you read this
Larry Bassett
The eighth book of the Burke series Footsteps of the Hawk was published in 1995. I have had mixed reactions to the first seven books of the series with as many three stars as four. For me to continue reading a series I would like to have at least four stars as the norm.

Vachss has an aggressive style of writing; part of the enjoyment is that intensity. Burke mixes action with philosophy when he is at his best. He doesn’t mind breaking the law to get a desirable end and eliminating a bad guy is al
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Craig Werner
First-tier Burke novel. The focus is on the psychology and the bonds tying Burke's family together; Frankie, an aspiring boxer, is the new addition here. The plot's solid enough (that's never the reason I read Vachss), the themes are familiar but well done, the portrait of New York City at its nadir devastatingly clear. What sometimes gets in the way when I read Vachss are the threads involving Burke and the beautiful woman of the moment; that's minimized in this one.
Tim Niland
Ex-con, con man and unlicensed private eye Burke is back in one of his most dangerous cases. Burke is approached by a prostitute who wants to have her pimp taken care of permanently. Despite his rep, Burke doesn't look for wet work and turns her down. The whole thing smells wrong, and soon he is in between a rock and a hard place, namely two cops, one dirty, one crazy, and Burke in the middle just trying to survive. I really enjoyed this one, it's unusual in the sense that Burke is usually prote ...more
I love this series. I have stopped writing reviews because they are all pretty similar but you read these books to revist the characters and places.
Stuart Mcgrigor
Another great installment of Burke ... and his Family.
Once again, Andrew Vachss works his gritty modern day noir in the Burke series. Who is the culprit this time? While the field is narrow, the surprises keep coming. Be prepared for dark and depraved crime...
Footsteps of the Hawk (Burke #8) by Andrew Vachss (Alfred A. Knopf 1995)(fiction - mystery) finds Burke being tracked by two different cops with totally separate agendas. Belinda wants Burke to break an innocent man out of prison, and Morales, who apparently hates Burke beyond all reason, believes him to be a serial killer. This book provides the back story as to why Officer Morales is so loyal to Burke. 5/10, finished 6/24/11.
James Kidd
Vachss serves up Burke in a cop sandwich. Not a typical Burke novel. Vachss is shaking things up. There is no "love interest" for one, Michelle is not around and hey, no freaks buy it. These are not criticisms - just observations. If we had the same tropes every time, the series would not work. Here Burke is stuck and needs to go into the Zero and work his way out. Not as visceral as the early books, but still damn fine.
Caught between two cops who think they know what drives Burke, he must figure out which way to run.
Vachss gives us the Haiku:
the ferret, hunting
eyes on the ground, never hears
footsteps of the hawk
I cannot recommend these books highly enough! One of the best book series that I have ever read.
Burke isn't the only lunatic loose in NYC. Plenty of suspense figuring out who's nuts in which direction.
Love reading Andrew Vachss, he's like Raymond Chandler on steroids
just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in!
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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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“The worst place to be is in the middle. When elephants fight, the grass
gets trampled.”
“the ferret, hunting,
eyes on the ground,
never hears footsteps
of the hawk”
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