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Publisher's Summary

Vachss has reinvented detective fiction and, in the person of Burke, his haunted, hell-ridden P.I., has given listeners a new kind of hero.

Investigating an epidemic of apparent suicides among the teenagers of a wealthy suburb, Burke discovers a sinister connection between the anguish of the young and the activities of an elite sadomasochistic underground.

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©2010 Andrew Vachss (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Burke's return is welcome - his superstud act may be extreme here, but he's one of the most fascinating male characters in crime fiction; and as usual, Vachss controls his narrative, cut up into bullet-sized chapters, with admirable precision." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Deliciously scummy....His bad guys are memorably heinous." (Washington Post Book World)

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Another great Burke novel

Here I am ending the 7th book "Down in the Zero" in the Burke series. I do love the gritty, Noir style writing of Andrew Vachss. This story takes Burke out of the rougher parts of NYC & has him in a upscale & ritzy town in Connecticut by the son of an old "acquaintance" who is scared due to a rash of teen suicides that aren't be reported in the paper. Burke's investigation starts off a lot slower than the rest of the series & wasn't till about about half-way thru before I started to figure out where the story was going (or I could just be a bit denser than I thought). I still plan on continuing with the series for at least a few more books. (

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Vachss Keeps Me Sharp and Entertained

This is my sixth Vachss novel in two weeks and I have just started number seven. The lead characters are warriors with compassion, and they have added an edge to my professional approach as a psychotherapist. I’m adding to my education those lessons not coverered in grad school.

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Vacchs at his finest!

Engrossing story, great narration and ultimately satisfying. Phil Gigante delivers this Vacchs story with the coldness and warmth of character making it very engaging.

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