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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; First THUS edition (Feb. 4 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400031192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400031191
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,535,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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From a very early age Eddie only ever had one dream and that was to be a driver. This is the story of how he realised that dream and how he came to earn the respect of his peers, which was one of the few things in life he valued. It seems that it didn't matter how good or bad someone was according to Eddie, if they complimented him on his driving, then they were okay in his book.
Eddie makes a very interesting character. He was a mixture of extreme naivety when it came to common emotional issues, but he had an instinctive cunning when it came to survival. It gives him a much deeper level of complexity than was first apparent and is one of the great strengths of the book.
I found this to be a very quick read and is modelled off the old pulps of yesteryear, both in external appearance and in content. The writing is succinct and to the point and the story moves along at great pace before reaching a shattering conclusion.
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Fan of tough-guy, noir-esque fiction? Enjoy the bleak, cynical tough-guys popularized by Chandler, Thompson and Willeford? Vacchs pays homage to all of them in _The Getaway Man_.
Eddie gets his start stealing cars but soon finds his true calling. Driving getaway cars for armed robbers. His reputation grows after a stoic performance during a bank heist gone bad. After release from prison, he hooks up with a solid career criminal, J.C. Naive - but completely dedicated to his craft - Eddie soon finds that his new pals come with a complicated set of questions.
I believe Jim Thompson would have thoroughly enjoyed _The Getaway Man_ and I look forward to Vacch's continued efforts in a pulp fiction revival.
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His best since Shella. The Burke books were getting to be repetitive and Vachss a paraody of himself. This is good old time crime novel
fun, although Vachhs does not in some child abuse and vigalante
vengeance to keep up appearnces, covers some "same ol'" ground
here and there, and the ending you could see coming half-way
through the book (it's almost like an extended version of some
of his patent "twist" short stories). Still, Vachss is back. I was
afraid he'd lost his touch there for a while...
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By S. Harris on Sept. 29 2003
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Up until now, I've not been a Vachss fan, since I have usually found his Burke novels to be too over-the-top. But after reading The Getaway Man, I may have to reconsider. What the Getaway Man displays is an author who knows his genre. (My 5 stars is based upon a genre homerun -- The Getaway Man ain't Anna Karenina, but for what it is, it delivers.)
No need to go too much into plot and character, since so many have done so already. One comment however, Eddie is probably one of the more memorable crime-novel voices you will run across, right up there with Jim Thompson's Lou Ford -- though Eddie isn't evil, just sweetly loyal, up to a tragic point. With Vonda, his one strength in a hard world is turned against him. Probably the closest thing I've read to a Thompson novel, without being written by the master. There's no higher praise.
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I loved this book. Most books I figure out the ending to, and I don't like that. If you don't want something predictable, you want to read this book. It's very well written in that it brought me into the story. It made me feel for Eddie, the getaway man. Like the rest of Mr. Vachss's books, this one did not disappoint.
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At first I thought it was just a good guy against bad guy thing. And it is. But then I saw it was much deeper. It's kinda like those Bible stories. Like remember Adam and Eve? Cause what's good and bad isn't so easy to figure out. Watch your [butt], bro. The snake is always waiting.
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The reason this book appears to be so retro is that most of the current crime writers are trying to follow the editorial rules and transcend the genre. The notion is that you have to reach a broader audience: noir with suspense, noir with horror, noir with psychological thrills, noir with . . . whatever. How about noir straight up and in a dirty glass? Here it is. The REAL THING doesn't have to feel like a guilty pleasure. It's the REAL THING. So join Eddie and Vonda and J.C. and company on that dark road. You know right where it's going but you still can't stop reading.
Let's hope this starts a trend. What we need is a stable of solid writers of paperback originals. The world hasn't felt right since Donald Hamilton stopped writing. Thanks, Andrew, for reminding us how sweet it can be.
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This book is an obvious homage to the Gold Medal books of the 50's and a welcome return for those of us who yearn for those well-crafted tales of crime and criminals.
But being Vachss you just know there's a twist. Vachss has written a wonderful tale of innocence and highlighted in his inimitable style the characters that would abuse and use that innocence for their own gain. Vachss can convey more with a few words than most writers can in chapters. The prose is precise and searing and moves at a break neck pace towards an ending worthy of all the accolades that have been heaped on the book to date.
If you like a good story told with great style, you can't go wrong with this book. Highly recommended reading!
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