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They meet in a no-name diner. A shadowy man hands Burke a CD dossier of someone he wants found. Minutes later, as Burke watches from an alley, his client is gunned down by a professional hunter-killer team. Burke slips away, unsure if he's been spotted. Later, when he examines the dossier, he discovers that the missing woman is Beryl Preston, a girl he'd rescued from a brutal pimp 20 years earlier - when she was only 13 - and returned to her father.

Now he has to find her again - not only because she might be in danger, but also because he has to prove to himself that his rescue mission hadn't been financed by a predator who wanted his "property" returned. His search will force him to confront a new kind of human ugliness and, finally, to practice the survivalist triage that has marked - and cursed - his life since childhood. In Mask Market, Burke the outlaw investigator finds himself searching for the truth: not only about a girl named Beryl, but also about himself.

This is classic Burke: dark, dangerous, and galvanizing, from the opening scene to the explosive climax.

More mayhem? Download another Burke thriller.
©2006 Andrew Vachss; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 11-21-08

Tough, Raw, Exciting, and with a Great Ending

Vachss's book Burke novels are always about the dark part of the streets with all its grime, shadows, smells, and bare reality that few novelists have the courage or knowledge to write about. It is a world full of greys and outside the radar. The novels are fun thriller/mysteries but made only for those that don't mind the dirt of reality served with thier thrills.

The one thing bad about all Burke books is that they never go in a straight line so it can be difficult to those with a bit of ADD. Vachss likes to constantly be going off on side stories, explanations, and background which makes it very difficult for me to read. The good news is that this is not as aggrivating when your are listening to the stories.

The reader for this series is excellent. All the Burke novels are highly recommended and unlike any other. If you like your vision to teach you something and see things in a new light (even if messes with how you want to see the world), not just take you on a ride then you can miss with anything at Audiobooks by Vachss.

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Joe??

What! No Phil Gigante, I tried to listen to 2 chapters. It was so slow tempo and simply a rip off. Mr Wirth is no doubt an excellent narrator. His Burke, Prof, mama, and Clarence weren't on point. Didn't get to hear Michelle, and Mole, but I was done as soon as Mr. Wirth spoke as Burke. Then the horrible Prof, I returned the book.. Again no disrespect intended to Mr. Wirth, just so used to Mr. Gigante and how far he took all of the characters in the series...

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Great book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend all of Andrew Vachss' collection.

Any additional comments?

Being a HUGE fan of "Burke", I might be somewhat bias.