Blossom (Burke #5)
In the figure of Burke, Andrew Vachss has given contemporary crime fiction one of its most mesmerizing characters. An abused child raised in orphanages, foster homes, and prisons, Burke is a career criminal and outlaw who steals and scams for a living.Â
ÂÂÂIn Blossom, an old cellmate has summoned Burke to a fading Indiana mill town, where a young boy is charged with a crime
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This Burke book was one of my favorites so far. Burke does a lot more detective work than usual and Vachss doesn't rely on the usual supporting cast. While the Pro...more
I like short chapters and Blossom gets points from me for having 186...more
I've added this one, but there were many others this summer: Hard Candy, Flood, Strega, Blue Belle, Everybody Pays, and Only Child. This past Friday, I got the compilaton of Blues Music which he put out to go along with teh publication in 1998 of Safe House. It is a fabulous, focussed Blues set. Mainly stinging electri...more
Burke's world is not the world you and I live in. Burke exists in NYC but he is not seen in it. When society mentions the name "Burke" it is in the fashion of a legend: a myth, someone who is not real. Burke likes it that way.
With unforgettable characters fully developed over a lon...more
I, however, think that for all of those same reasons this book is more interesting. Seeing Burke work with the same drive as he usually does in a place he doesn't know or understand makes it all that more compelling. I always eat up Vachss's work but this one more so.
This one takes him out of NYC which is a nice change of pace, but it definately misses the cast of supporting characters.
Previous Burke novels, while adhering to a formula, have always felt kind of natural, but this one did not.