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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Oct. 14 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400030986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400030989
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.1 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #552,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Vachss is a man true to his passion, standing up for the abused children of New York or wherever he is called to help and he is one of the most intelligent people I have met. He uses his intelligence to create a way to make everyday people aware of the abuse that exists, call attention to his cause by using the written word and creating Burke, an instrument of revenge, seeker of the truth survivor of the night.
Stepping into Vachss' dark, raw world is like going to a place where I would not be able to survive. He takes us there for a reason: weaving true life horrific events so the reader can briefly and safely see his day to day world with the abuse raging in all its horrifying reality.
The new Burke book, number thirteen, titled Only Child, signals the return of the hero Burke. Upon returning to New York after a long absence and having recovered from injuries sustained in an attempt on his life, he must now cope with the loss of his love Pansy. Burke assembles the usual crew to investigate the murder of a Mafia man's sixteen-year-old love child. The fast paced, sharp dialogue, twists, and eventually the path Burke's investigation takes brings to mind the one of the most recent video horror of The Bums Fights. So weaving Burke's investigation with the truths that we, the citizens of the world know nothing of, Vachss takes us to a darker place indeed! The story delivers with his trade mark bluntness and leaves the reader coping with thoughts upon thoughts of bruised battered murdered children......and what can we do about this.
I appreciate Vachss' single-mindedness, his raw story telling, the depth of his characters, their hurt damaged souls, still able to empathize feel and lash out trying to right a wrong, payback for so much damage.
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By Roger Arkin on April 10 2004
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This book is the greatest! The author's critique of movie worshippers is the best ever.
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Andrew Vachss lost the thread of his Burke books about five years ago. What he needs is a good editor again to tell him what's working and what isn't. I have to say, though, that he seemed to be getting back on track with this one, although there's about 80 pages of padding. I kept saying to myself, "Get to it, Vachhs, and stop babbling!" Finally I gave up and just couldn't finish. Still, I remain a fan of the man's work.
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It is 4:30 in the morning.
Now that we have established that little fact, let me tell you a little bit about my reading habits. I have a library full of books. Heck, I work in a book store. I adore books. A nice little chunk of every day is spent reading something. Since my son was born almost a year ago, this reading mostly takes place at the foot of the stairs to my apartment while I draw on a pipe so the smoke won't offend anyone else in the house. I usually read in twenty to forty minute sessions, usually enough for a bowl or two of Vanilla Cavendish. After that I put the book down and go about my day (or night as it usually turns out). It is like my own little sanctuary, and that is where I leave it. There is a stack of books at the foot of the stairs I am currently working through. In the last year I have never brought a book back up with me to continue. There is always a good spot to put a book down, believe me. At least I thought so until I started Only Child today. I read while I smoked, then I came up to the living room and read while my wife watched TV, then I returned to the spot and smoked some more (at least with a pipe I am looking at lip and throat cancer rather than that lung stuff), followed by a stint in the rocking chair and finally finishing with a last smoke while the book raced to its conclusion. I am not a fast reader either. I tend to savor books. The closer this book got to the final pages, however, the faster I read. I read as I walked up and down the stairs. I read as I went to the kitchen for a soda. I just couldn't look away from this book. In my younger days, I might have read a book straight through, but age (and being an aging father) has caught up with me. Now it is an unknown experience. Until I started Only Child today.
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This is a return to the sort of Burke story that got me hooked on the series in the first place. It was great to have Burke reconnected with his New York "family". I'm always impressed with Mr. Vachss' abilities as a writer on every level, plot, dialouge, texture and (especially in this instance) a killer ending - he certainly doesn't disappoint here. If you are unfamiliar with the series, this would be a good place to jump in, if you are already a Vachss reader, you can be sure that a great series continues to thrive with this installment.
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It took Andrew Vachss nearly two full novels to get his tarnished hero, the underworld figure Burke, back to his native New York from his exile on the West Coast. Burke's return is more than wlecome, for it pumps new life into a series that was growing somewhat stale heading into its 15th volume. Though bringing Burke home causes "Only Child" to start a little slow, it picks up the pace after about pasge 25, and is ultimately one of the better entries in the series.
This time out, Burke is hired by a closeted homosexual gangster to investigate the murder of his teenage daughter. Burke enlists his usual crew: The Mole, The Prof, Michelle, Mama, Max the Silent, etc., to help him track the killer. The investigation eventually leads to a video ring that is taping violent "reality" encounters featuring local teenagers.
Once again, Vachss has managed to mine the depths of human depravity to lend additional weight to his story. Crime novels simply don't get much grittier than this. Though some of his dialog still tends to be a bit over the top (the worst offenders this time out are the two lesbian porno queens), no other mystery writer working today writes with such cuttingly sharp prose or with a better feel for the streets.
Overall, "Only Child" is a winning entry in a veteran mystery/crime series.
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