Only Child (Burke, #14)
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Only Child (Burke #14)

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It’s been years since Burke has been home, years since he’s seen his “family” and worked in the underbelly of New York City. Although his appearance has changed, his reputation grown dusty and his wallet thin, his skills and his crew remain razor sharp. So when he is contacted by a mob boss to investigate the murder of his illegitimate daughter, Vonni, Burke takes the job...more
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Published October 8th 2002 by Vintage
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Burke is finally back in the city where he belongs, reunited with his "family," and now living in a sweet apartment designed by the Mole. (There are not only panels that flash if someone is sneaking up the stairs, but FREE CABLE as well! This guy thinks of everything!)

Running low on cash, Burke now needs to find a job. Before very long, one finds him. A Mafioso's daughter is dead. Was it a random killing, or was she murdered to send a "message" to her papa?

I've been avoiding this series for a fe...more
Larry Bassett
Burke is back from the dead – if by dead you mean someplace other than NYC. He has quit smoking – “Just use them as props,” he says. “It’s just that, ever since it happened cigarettes don’t taste the same.” “Not even after . . .?” Michelle asks. If you have to ask “after what?” you have not read enough Burke recently.

Four bowls of hot-and-sour soup at Mama’s restaurant and he is ready to get into book #14 in the series.

Vachss is clever and his dialogue is sharp and sparse. “. . . it didn’t tak...more
Raegan Butcher
Andrew Vachss is a superb writer and a hell of a human being. I've watched his style evolve from his 1st published novel, FLOOD, to his recent books and his writing just keeps getting better and better. Charles Bukowski once said that the most difficult thing in Art is to create something simple. Vachss can say more in one sentence than most writers can say in a whole page; his prose is spare and lean, beautifully constructed, simple and terse. All of his books are worth owning. I was fortunate...more
David Ward
Only Child (Burke #14) by Andrew Vachss (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2002)(Fiction - Mystery)is the best in the Burke series. For some reason, the author seems to have penned Burke as a little more human than in past installlments. Vachss has definitely lightened Burke up a bit; at times some of Burke's lines are almost funny. This volume finds Burke helping two mafioso find out who killed one don's daughter and why. Burke and the usual crew explore the world of underground film making to tap int...more
This fourteenth Burke novel begins slow but picks up speed as the main narrative is introduced about a quarter of the way into the novel.

Burke has returned to NYC. Vachss muddles about for a while before establishing the central focus of the book: Burke is hired by a low-ranking mobster, with more than one major skeleton in his closet, to find who killed his daughter Vonni. The mobster thinks it may have been someone within his criminal circle, or possible the feds, but the police believe the mu...more
Tim Niland
Back in New York City and still "dead" to the cops, con-man and unlicensed private investigator Burke still has to make money. Hired by a mafia capo to find the killer of his illegitimate child, Burke delves into the world of underground film making and suburban teenage subcultures. Posing as an independent film producer and aided by his "family" of criminals, Burke must crack the case and track down the killer. It's great to have Burke back in his familiar environs, although they are changed li...more
A high two, at the very least - kind of a patchy read to me in terms of my interest - some excellent, dense propulsive dialogue and scenes, but then the occasional part extolling manly things like cars and golf which, while good characterization for the main character, kind of alienated me a bit. My first Vachss, though - could be in bulk it would become more agreeable.
Burke series - Set in Ney York, a mobsters daughter is slaughtered and dumped. Burke lives outside the system, he despises people who victimize children. He is hired to track down the killer, and he and his family learn about the movie business in the process.
Thought I'd give Andrew Vachss and his Burke series another try having not read one of his novels for a few years. Didn't care for this - same circuitous style of solving a problem. Maybe I'm just past this phase....
Vachss gets the runaround from Hollywood and decides to write a book demonizing the film business. Above average for his recent fare but a far cry from his earlier work and some of his stand alone novels.
an attempt at a reboot of the series
but Burke finds home is not the same
some things are different
new car, now house
but family is still there
the only one missing is Pansy
I try to read everything by Andrew Vachss, but I liked his earlier Burke novels much more than the later ones. They were trashier, but so much more passionate.
It is nice to see Burke back in NYC and home with his family after being forced to hide out in past novels.
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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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