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ISBN:037031316X
Author: Andrew Vachss
ISBN13: 978-0370313160
Title: Blue Belle
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Language: English
Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: The Bodley Head; First UK Edition edition (1989)
Pages: 352

Blue Belle by Andrew Vachss



For abe, who I never met. But have always known. I didn't say anything. I'm not in the phone book. You have to have a phone of your own to qualify for that. The lawyer had called one of the pay phones in the back of Mama Wong's restaurant. I figured Belle must work as one of the back-table waitresses, but I didn't want to ask for her by name. The tables stayed empty while the girls worked the top of the bar, so I'd have to wait for the next number, move into the darkness by myself, look around. I sipped my tonic, lit another smoke.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Burke is one of the most cold-blooded yet strangely honorable heroes in the history of crime fiction.

Книга Blue Belle, автор Vachss Andrew - (Burke is one of the most cold-blooded yet strangely honorable heroes in the history of crime fiction, an outlaw who makes his living by preying on the most vicious of New York City’s bottom-feeders, those who thrive on the suffering of children. In Andrew Vachss’s tautly engrossing novel Burke is given a purse full of dirty money to find the infamous Ghost Van that is cutting a lethal swath among the teenage prostitutes in the ‘hood

Author: Andrew Vachss. Burke is one of the most cold-blooded yet strangely honorable heroes in the history of crime fiction, an outlaw who makes his living by preying on the most vicious of New York City’s bottom-feeders, those who thrive on the suffering of children. In Andrew Vachss’s tautly engrossing novel Burke is given a purse full of dirty money to find the infamous Ghost Van that is cutting a lethal swath among the teenage prostitutes in the ‘hood. He also gets help in the form of a stripper named Belle, whose moves on the runway are outclassed only by what she can do in a getaway car. But not even. Burke is prepared for the evil that is behind the Ghost Van or for the sheer menace of its guardian, a cadaverous karate expert who enjoys killing so much that he has named himself after death.

If Andrew Vachss did his books Sesame Street style, then this one would be brought to you by the letter M because in addition to Max, Michelle, Mama and the Mole, he adds characters named Mortay, McGowan, Morelli, Morales and Marques. Of course, if Vachss did Sesame Street then Bert and Ernie would turn out to be pedophiles that would lure Elmo into their house with promises of candy while Big Bird filmed it. And you don't even want to know what that freak Mr. Snuffleupagus would be doing

About book: It often pays to follow your instincts. I was in a bookstore one day - the day itself was nothing special - when I spotted this book on a rack. I wasn't into any particular genre (I'm still not), and I'll never be able to tell you what one thing drew me to picking up BLUE BELLE. I had no idea what kind of amazing yet relentlessly dark ride I was in fo. ver since, I've had nothing but the utmost respect for Andrew Vachss, and if in any way I can enlighten others about his novels and more importantly the good works he does, his mission to enlighten us about 'The Children of the Secret', I will without.

Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. Vachss, Andrew - A Bomb Built In Hell.

Once the tip of Spanish Harlem, it was now liberated territory-the yuppie land–grab machine wouldn't be satisfied until gentrification ate the South Bronx an beings lived in the tenements and investment bankers lived in the suburbs. Now we got plenty of rehab apartments for tomorrow's leaders. And more people living in the streets than they have in Calcutta. I parked under the East Side Drive overpass and walked over to the court. Ten minutes to one. I watched people playing: handball, paddleball, basketball.

by Vachss, Andrew H. Publication date 1988. Publisher New York : Alfred A. Knopf. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Borzoi book - Verso . Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on June 30, 2010.

Reviews: 7
Prince Persie
This was my least favorite of the first three Burke books. I liked the first, Flood, the best. The girl this time is Belle, a young and voluptuous woman who falls in love and lust with Burke and even manages to be friends with Pansy, Burke's enormous Neapolitan Mastiff. She is also, surprisingly, an amazing driver and is wheel man for some of the action. My problem with this outing is the frequent and explicit sex. Some is fine. More is not necessary. But the amount in this novel is ridiculous and, for me, off-putting. If it continues in the next installments of this otherwise sound series, I'll have to give it up. Otherwise, Burke is fascinating and a tough, smart hero of the downcast. His loyalty to his little "family" of odd folks is amazing, and I love him for it. So for now, I'll move on to the next in the series.
Phobism
Reading Andrew Vachss' Burke novels is like taking an express train ride through hell. This is the third book in the series and it shares a lot of traits with the others.

For those who are new: Burke is a private investigator who specializes in cases involving child abuse. He was abused as a child and is a former convict. His crew includes a transgender woman, a silent karate expert, a Black person who is 4' tall and who he met in prison and a Chinese woman who runs a restaurant that seems to function only as a sort of meeting house for people.

In this novel, Burke is hired to investigate the "Ghost Van" which is killing off many denizens of Burke's world.

Very, very dark; lots of graphic violence and sex. Be glad you don't live in this world.
ALAN
In the world of hardboiled mysteries, there is hard-boiled and there is HARD-boiled. Andrew Vachss's Burke stories definitely fit into this latter category; they teem with a tough grittiness that is rarely exceeded in the genre.

In this tale, Burke is asked by a pimp named Marques to take on a bounty for the operators of the Ghost Van, a vehicle that is patrolling the streets and killing prostitutes. His contact with Marques is initiated through Belle, a stripper with a past filled with abuse and incest. She is definitely damaged and she appoints Burke to fix her, becoming his lover with a dedication that borders on obsession.

The search for the van brings an even more vicious evil in the form of Mortay, a psychotic killer who is an expert martial artist and is virtually unbeatable in hand-to-hand combat. Mortay wants to face Burke's friend Max in single combat; while Burke knows that Max might win such a fight, even a victory could have bad repercussions. For Burke, therefore, the task is to avoid such a duel to begin with.

There are some nice things about this third novel in the Burke series. In particular, we get a better look at his inner demons and see that is toughness is partially a façade to keep those demons at bay. The principal flaw is the same as with the other books: the world portrayed in the story is so dark it is not as much real as surreal; I think that this diminishes some of the impact of the grimness. Another problem, the plethora of eccentric characters who also reduce the stories plausibility, is toned down in this book.

Despite the imperfections, I do enjoy reading these stories but they are definitely not for everyone: they are loaded with explicit sex and violence that could turn off some readers. If you have not read any in the series, I recommend starting with Flood, the first in the series, as there is continuity between the books. But even as a standalone, this is a good tough guy mystery.
Unirtay
If you're not an Andrew Vachss reader, this isn't the place to start. If you're trying him out for the first time, start with Flood. For the initiated, this is a good one. Phil Gigante reads it with his usual accomplished voice characterizations. I have actually discovered new authors to read, based on the fact that Phil Gigante is reading their works (The Hap and Leonard stories come to mind).
I have read the books on a number of Andrew Vachss' novels, but I actually prefer them read by Gigante.
Clandratha
I take nothing away from the book for this. It is a fast moving story and a good read. Will be interesting to those for whom descriptions of NYC and it's criminal demimonde are exciting. However, had I known the book recounted numerous explicit sex acts between the two major players I would have passed. Not my thing. If it is yours then you are in for a treat. I would have liked to know this detail before buying the book, therefore offer this information.
Rasmus
A wonderful Burke novel that moves the series forward in its deft delineation of elemental human affections and deficiencies. As usual with Vachss there is the relentless commitment of Burke, the central character, and his pursuit of justice. A self-defined sense of right and wrong that the reader will share. The cast of characters and their oddities ameliorates the relentless action.
Hono
This is the author's first book in the BURKE series. He only gets better... his characters are misfits due to damage they have received in their own early lives. They however form a 'justified?" group of avengers for the horrific underground of child abuse that still is alive and devouring the innocent. Check out Andrew Vachss's professional background... he writes from his experience as a professional in this dark work of child abuse.