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Flood by Andrew Vachss

Flood
Donald I. Fine, 1985 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1997 (trade paperback)
Pocketbooks, 1986 (paperback)
Knopf, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)

Brilliance Audio, 2009 (audiobook)
Excerpt (print, audio)

Strega by Andrew VachssStrega
Knopf, 1987 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1996 (trade paperback)
NAL, 1988 (mass market paperback)
Included in Omnibus Edition, Part I
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2009 (audiobook)
Blue Belle by Andrew VachssBlue Belle
Knopf, 1988 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1995 (trade paperback)
NAL, 1990 (mass market paperback)
Included in Omnibus Edition, Part II
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Hard Candy by Andrew VachssHard Candy
Knopf, 1989 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1995 (trade paperback)
NAL, 1990 (mass market paperback)
Included in Omnibus Edition, Part III
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Blossom by Andrew VachssBlossom
Knopf, 1990 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1996 (trade paperback)
Ivy, 1991 (mass market paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Sacrifice by Andrew VachssSacrifice
Knopf, 1991 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1996 (trade paperback)
Ivy, 1992 (mass market paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Excerpt (print, audio)
Down in the Zero by Andrew VachssDown in the Zero
Knopf, 1994 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1995 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Footsteps of the Hawk by Andrew VachssFootsteps of the Hawk
Knopf, 1995 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1996 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
False Allegations by Andrew VachssFalse Allegations
Knopf, 1996 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1997 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Safe House by Andrew Vachss

Safe House
Knopf, 1998 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1999 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Excerpt (from print edition)

Choice of Evil by Andrew VachssChoice of Evil
Knopf, 1999 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2000 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Excerpt (from print edition)
Dead and Gone by Andrew VachssDead and Gone
Knopf, 2000 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2001 (trade paperback)
Knopf, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Excerpt (print, audio)
Pain Management by Andrew Vachss Pain Management
Knopf, 2001 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2002 (trade paperback)
Knopf, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, 2010 (audiobook)
Excerpt (print, audio)
Only Child by Andrew VachssOnly Child
Knopf, 2002 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2003 (trade paperback)
Knopf, 2002 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, Feb. 28, 2011 (audiobook)
Excerpt (print, audio)
Down Here, a Burke novel by Andrew Vachss

Down Here
Knopf, 2004 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2005 (trade paperback)
Knopf, 2004 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance Audio, Feb. 28, 2011 (audiobook)
Excerpt (print, audio)

Mask Market by Andrew VachssMask Market
Pantheon, 2006 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2008 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2007 (mass-market paperback)
Brilliance Audio, 2006 (audiobook)
Thorndike Press, 2007 (large print)
Pantheon, 2006 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (print, audio)
Terminal, a Burke novel by Andrew VachssTerminal
Pantheon, 2007 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2008 (trade paperback)
Brilliance Audio, 2007 (audiobook)
Thorndike Press, 2007 (large print)
Pantheon, 2007 (eBook/Kindle edition)
Excerpt (print, audio)
Another Life, a Burke novel by Andrew VachssAnother Life
Pantheon, 2008 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2009 (trade paperback)
Brillance Audio, 2008 (audiobook)
Thorndike Press, 2009 (large print)
Pantheon, 2008 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (print, audio)


Is Burke a real person? (Click here to hear the answer.)

Is Pansy a real dog?

Can I get the recipe to Mama's hot-and-sour soup?

What does Burke drive?

What does Burke smoke?

Where can I find the music Burke listens to?


"Three things can immediately be said about BURKE. One, he is, as they say round here, "well hard". Two, unlike many P.I's, Burke's creator, Andrew Vachss, like Burke himself, "walks it like he talks it". And three, these are controversial books. They rightly generate a lot of 'debate' about their subject, the sexual abuse of children (although 'debate' might not be the right word given some of the extreme reactions to the Burke books)."

Burke Series review by Peter Walker


Character rules. This series doesn’t have the stellar prose style of HORSES or the sophisticated structure of Sallis’ Lew Griffith books. What it does have is an entire universe of men and women and children who are complicated, three-dimensional, often fucked-up people. Sleuth and criminal Baby Boy Burke (long story) and his crew age in real time as the series progresses: people get old, children grow up, dreams come true or don’t, relationships bloom and die, characters disappear and return, just as they do in real life. Over twenty years of reading, I came to care about these characters so much I couldn’t bring myself to read the last installment in the series. Did I mention most of my friends are books? Don’t waste your time and ours creating personified plot points to move around a chessboard: create real, rich, complicated characters. If you don’t know how to do this, you have bigger problems on your hands than learning to write: you likely aren’t listening to your fellow humans, or observing them very closely, and you are missing the heart of life on earth. Learn how to listen and learn how to see: if you can generate the patience to do so, you will be rewarded a thousandfold, as a person and as a writer.

Love Your Characters: Andrew Vachss, The Burke Series


I want to start by saying that I am a hard-core fan of Andrew Vachss’ writing. Apparently, many critics agree with me, based on all the awards and honors he’s been given. I am also overcome with admiration for his work as an attorney and activist, devoted to the protection of children and the punishment of their abusers. Right now, I want to talk about his writing. Although he has written eight outstanding comics titles, beginning with the 10-issue series HARD LOOKS in 1992, I want to talk about his Burke series of crime novels.

Burke Series review by A.J. Jones


The written work of Andrew Vachss has been published/translated in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.

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