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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Vintage Contemporaries ed edition (11 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375725261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375725265
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.9 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Red-hot and serious as a punctured lung."
--"Playboy"
""Dead and Gone" opens enough narrative veins--and introduces enough colorful new characters--to insure that Burke will live on as one of contemporary crime fiction's most durable creations."
--"New York Post"

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From the modern master of noir, Andrew Vachss, comes this heart-topping and bestselling new thriller that completely reinvents the Burke series.
Urban Outlaw Burke barely survives an attack by a professional hit squad that kills his partner. With a new face, Burke goes into hiding. And on the hunt. Dead and Gone takes him from the streets of New York City through a cross-country underground, and deep into his own tortured past. The violent journey ends in a place that exists only in the dreams of the darkest degenerates on earth.

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This is the twelfth Burke novel by my reckoning - "Pain Management" is the thirteenth - and it's a little different. While some readers may find that hard to accept, it is implicit in Andrew Vachss' style of merciless realism. Without giving too much away, Burke's elaborate defences finally let him down as he accepts one job too many. It spells the end of his life in New York, and very nearly the end of his life period. Things drifted a little out of focus for me as Burke sets out to track down those responsible, winding up in Portland, Oregon with a new identity and a new girlfriend. But then the momentum builds again, relentlessly, to an elegantly understated climax. On the way, we get some more flashes of Burke's early life when he and Wesley befriended a saintly boy with a talent governments would kill to lay their hands on. And pay a flying visit to a place that is almost literally out of this world.
Vachss' style can't be everyone's favourite, or he would be top of the best-seller lists. But I for one rate his books as one of the things that make life worth living.
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Oh dear. What a disappointment. Having loved most of Vachss's previous Burke novels with their taut, pared-down prose and hellish underworld milieu, I was looking forward to reading this. But, sadly, this isn't a very good book. The narrative felt tired - I found myself bored as the standard mechanics of Burke thrillers (Burke goes through paranoid urban survivalist precautions while unravelling mystery, leading to violent climax in which Burke pulls off intricate scam) unwound in uninspired fashion.
I think I've lost the faith with this one - won't be coming back for more...
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It's not an unusual job for Burke to act as a middleman in an exchange of cash for a kidnapped child. This time the only things exchanged are bullets & they're all meant for Burke.
Reading an Andrew Vachss book is to race through a tunnel at top speed, briefly catching sight of stops only to be hurtled on to the next. With tense jolts Vachss drives us relentlessly through every intersection & offers us panting station halts for memories long since forgotten; or hoped so. There is a lean & hungry feel to Vachss' writing & yet, for the first time, I note a bubbling up of humor. A thrilling & unput-downable adventure!
If you haven't read any of Andrew Vachss' hair-raising philosophical thrillers I do encourage you to do so.
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