Dead and Gone

Dead and Gone 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 profes

  • Title: Dead and Gone
  • Author: Andrew Vachss
  • ISBN: 9780375411212
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 cFrom 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    2 thoughts on “Dead and Gone

    1. 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 variety of other material including song lyrics, graphic novels, essays, and a children s book for adults His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, the New York Times, and many other forums A native New Yorker, he now divides his time between the city of his birth and the Pacific Northwest.The dedicated Web site for Vachss and his work isvachss That site and this page are managed by volunteers To contact Mr Vachss directly, use the email us function of vachss.

    2. I always forget why it is I don't like Andrew Vachss novels. I will go years without reading one and then think, "Hey, why don't I read another Vachss novel?" Then I'll read one and remember, "Oh yeah, his endings are always inexplicable and unsatisfying and never seem to tie up a single loose end. And don't forget how rushed they are."I think about that and then I think, "Oh man, his female characters are also caricatures. No one writes women worse than Vachss with the possible exception of men [...]

    3. I occasionally read two books in a series back to back. So that’s what I am doing here. I just finished Choice of Evil and am moving on now to book #12 in the Burke series Dead and Gone that promises “a new Burke.” The hardcover dust jacket is a dog collar. That and the title should give you a hint about what is in store for our protagonist. There is always a woman in a Burke book. The woman in this book is Gem. She is Cambodian; exotic is always preferred. In addition to her sexual skills [...]

    4. What did I think? This guy's the king of "Noir", is what I think. Andrew Vachss, a lawyer and author with a penchant for the welfare of kids and women - especially the kids - has created Burke to let some steam escape.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 [...]

    5. Oh, good lord. Burke, a hard case criminal-type with a heart of gold, is on a mission to find out who set up the assassination attempt that cost him an eye and the life of his beloved dog, Pansy. He teams up with Gem, sexy, mystical Asian woman and her lustrous, black hair who--despite her apparent lifelong history as an underworld operator--simply can't help jumping in the sack and then falling in love with our aging, disfigured hero. (She parades around naked, sits in his lap sucking his thumb [...]

    6. Con man and unlicensed private investigator Burke is cut down in a double-cross and in nearly killed. Left for dead in an abandoned lot, everyone thinks Burks is long gone just as he wants them to. His quest to find his would be assassins leads him father afield than he has ever been. This was another fascinating Burke novel. You would think after 12 novels, Vachss would start running out of gas, but it just isn't so. We learn more and more about the incredible depth of Burke's character, and en [...]

    7. I love the Burke series, enough to choke down the female characters who are rather one dimensional throughout most of the books. It's a great series full of amazing writing about guns, cars, good dogs, crime, vengeance, pain, families of choice, and why we need to fight the monsters it would be easier to ignore.Sadly, for me, Dead and Gone went too far into the writing of women as sexual fantasies/fetishes instead of actual characters. The main lady in this book is a copy paste from any porno - [...]

    8. You know a crime novel series has dragged on at least one book too many when the author's alter-ego hero spends more time struggling with erectile dysfunction than he does fighting the bad guy.Andrew Vachss gets the most affecting part of "Dead and Gone," the 12th book in the Burke series, over with quickly. In a harrowing assassination attempt, Burke loses an integral part of his life (I don't want to spoil anything, though the book cover kinda does) and as a replacement gains a grindingly irri [...]

    9. I have read a number of Andrew Vachss, Burke series novels (mostly in order up to this point) and this has been the hardest to read.I love Vachss' style of writing, neo-noir/pulpish, it's the content matter that is difficult. The protagonist Burke deals with child abuse. More of Burke's back story is revealed with each novel, this book being no exception. Additionally, all the usual characters that make this enjoyable, mama, Prof, Pansy and the rest are here. If you like to watch Law & Order [...]

    10. I can't think of any other author with Vachss's mastery of the difference between the realms of the verbal and of the actual. How words can be deeds, can comprise or can trigger transactions between characters, but the verbal is just a thin line between the even greater gifts that can be given -- or what can be taken away -- in the non-verbal realm. He also accomplishes more, with fewer words, than 90% of the other authors out there. In that way he demands of the reader a sort of initiation; it' [...]

    11. Started this in the late evening of November 17th after the electricity went out in my neighborhood. Read the first 100 pages using a flashlight and then headlamp. I don't want to be too premature, but this may be the best in the series. The pacing is solid, the set-up crisp, the investigation moving along at a decent pace. I just hope it doesn't come to an abrupt (and ludicrous) ending. Oh yeah, pretty sure I read this back when it came out, but nothing is resonating with my memory banks (I do [...]

    12. 'Dead and Gone; features Vachss' penultimate hard man, Burke, on a quest for revenge following an attempted hit on his life. What originally loomed as a single cash for kid exchange soon turned sour when the kidnapped kid seemingly turns on Burke leaving him permanently scared and pi$$ed off. In a slow methodical build up, Vachss takes us through a great many of Burke's criminal acquaintances and introduces another in Gem - a fiesty mysterious women whose lust for the extreme is matched only by [...]

    13. Once you've read a number of the Burke books, you can pretty much anticipate how it's going to play out - the roles of the usual cast of characters, if not the nuts and bolts of how this particular plot will be resolved. (Actually, this one surprised me a little in the denouement.)I was pretty uncomfortable with Burke's relationship with Gem - her infantilization. Come to think of it, all of his relationships with women have a similar tone, if I recall correctly. I would have to go back and re-r [...]

    14. In “Dead and Gone” (2000), Burke facilitates what appears to be the trade of a boy who had been abducted from his parents years ago. But actually, it was all designed to be an assassination attempt on Burke. He ends up in the hospital with a bullet through his brain, an eye missing, and severe disfigurement. Even worse, to Burke: he watched Pansy, his dog, get killed.Once out of the hospital, Burke strikes out to find who set him up. The quest takes him to Chicago, Oregon, New Mexico, and Fl [...]

    15. This started very well, tense action pieces, confident voice, and a whole breathless anticipation in quick rat-a-tat sentences. Halfway through though (as soon as the girl came in), it devolved into trashy crap. And it didn't stop there. The end is such a load of manure that I feel ashamed that I had built this up. Very disappointed. Vachss tries a confident John McDonald approachJohn D McDonald but fails pathetically. I could think of a million better ways to waste your life than this.

    16. This is probably my favorite of Vachss' novels. It takes Burke, his setting, and his family and totally upends the status quo. Some super brutal shit goes down in this book, and it introduces a totally new convention for Vachss novels that I love-- Burke's flashbacks to his time in the orphanage and how he was friends with insane Lune and killer-in-the-making Wesley. These scenes are probably the most powerful of anything Vachss has written and pay off perfectly in the end.

    17. Partly taking place in Portland made this book especially awesome. And now Burke might be moving here?! The only thing that confused me was that I thought Burke had already killed the character who ends up being the bad guy. I'm not curious enough to go back through all the other books--I've been reading all books written by Vachss in order--but if any other readers thought the same thing, I'd love to know. Maybe I just dreamed that part?

    18. When I picked up this book to read on a flight, I had no idea it was the 12th title. I was quickly drawn into the story by the taut writing, noir styling and anger-fueled story. Needless to say, I have the collection. Burke isn't for everyone, but if you like your crime noirs driven by tight storylines and memorable characters, give it a chance. Be forewarned that the topics in all of the Burke novels can be rough.

    19. Dead and Gone (Burke #12) by Andrew Vachss (Borzoi Books 2000)(Fiction - Thriller). Burke is ambushed and left for dead while serving as the bag man to resolve the kidnapping of a Russian boy. So begins a somewhat uncharacteristic Burke romp through the underworld of the Pacific Northwest with a new principal ally. Burke deals with Nazis and child pornographers as he seeks vengeance for the death of a beloved companion. My rating: 5/10, finished 2/25/14.

    20. It is unusual for an author to take a chance on making a major changed in their signature character. That happens in this book and I think Vachhs pulls it off rather well. A lot of the typical Burke things happen in this book but a lot changes as well. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from here and how Burke fares going forward.

    21. O.K this is the last of the Burke books for me to read. For sure this time! Being an earlier book it is one of the better books to read. A plot that really includes the changes that take place for the rest of the series. Fun read.

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