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  • Choice of Evil | Andrew Vachss

    Choice of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    When his girlfriend, Crystal Beth, is gunned down at a gay rights rally in Central Park, Burke, the underground man-for-hire and expert hunter of predators, vows vengeance. But someone beats him to the task: a shadowy killer who calls himself Homo Erectus and who seems determined to wipe gay bashers from the face of the earth. As the killer’s body count rises, most citizens are horrified, but a few see him as a hero, and they hire Burke to track him down... and help him escape.

  • Mortal Lock | Andrew Vachss

    Mortal Lock

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
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    A hit man stalks his mark at a race track. A sociopath crosses every moral boundary to become a published author. An ex-mercenary obsessively defends his "perimeter" from a dangerous interloper. A man for hire grudgingly accepts help from a teenage girl to track an online predator. In a dystopian future, young people struggle for survival underground, forming themselves into vicious gangs with only the graffiti of the "last journalists" accepted as truth. Andrew Vachss collects 20 tight, powerful stories - all from the past decade of his career, including some now published for the first time - along with an original screenplay.

  • Down Here | Andrew Vachss

    Down Here

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    For years Burke has harbored an outlaw's hard love for Wolfe, the beautiful, driven former sex-crimes prosecutor who was fired for refusing to "go along to get along." So when Wolfe is arrested for the attempted murder of John Anson Wychek, a vicious rapist she once prosecuted, Burke deals himself in. That means putting together a distrustful alliance between his underground "family of choice," Wolfe's private network, and a rogue NYPD detective who has his own stake in the outcome. Burke knows that Wolfe’s alleged "victim," although convicted only once, is actually a serial rapist.

    C. A. Rawson says: "Great book."
  • A Bomb Built in Hell | Andrew Vachss

    A Bomb Built in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    While doing extended time for killing a fellow prisoner, Wesley meets Carmine Trentoni in a New York state prison. Carmine's life sentence hasn't cut him off from his outside sources, and he sees great potential in Wesley to carry out his revenge. Wesley emerges from prison prepared to be the perfect hit man: calculating, deadly, and driven by money. On his release, Wesley follows Carmine's directions to locate a Mr. Petraglia. Pet and Wesley set up shop in Brooklyn, and execute their assignments with finesse - and occasionally, more explosives than are strictly called for.

    Provident says: "A Real Mind F%#*"
  • Strega: A Burke Novel, Book 2 | Andrew Vachss

    Strega: A Burke Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    Andrew Vachss’s implacable private eye has a new client, Strega. She wants Burke to find an obscene photograph and that search will take him into the ocean that flows just beneath the city, an ocean whose currents are flesh and money, the anguish of children and the pleasure of twisted adults. It is a place that Burke can visit only at the risk of his sanity and his life. But between the power of Strega and his own sense of justice, there is no turning back.

    In Strega one of our most acclaimed crime writers gives us a thriller that might have been imagined by Dante. For this is a tour of hell with no stops left out, conducted by a novelist who writes with the authority of the damned.

    “It’s wonderful. The words leap off the page. The plot is fresh. The principal character is original. The style is as clean as a haiku.” — The Washington Post Book World

    Mark says: "Narrator is better here than on first book"
  • Down in the Zero: A Burke Novel #7 | Andrew Vachss

    Down in the Zero: A Burke Novel #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    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.

  • Flood: A Novel | Andrew Vachss

    Flood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner. She wants Burke to find a monster for her - so she can kill him with her bare hands. In this thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade private eye teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements.

    Rachel says: "Pretty good - I will try some more of the series."
  • Sacrifice: A Burke Novel #6 | Andrew Vachss

    Sacrifice: A Burke Novel #6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    What — or who — could turn a gifted little boy into a murderous thing that calls itself "Satan’s Child"? In search of an answer, a man named Burke travels from a festering welfare hotel to a neat frame house where a voodoo priestess presides over a congregation of assassins. For this vigilante and unlicensed private eye has made it his business to defend the small victims whom the law has failed — even a child who has been made into a killer.

    Jonna True says: "Andrew Vachss Delivers"
  • Safe House: A Burke Novel #10 | Andrew Vachss

    Safe House: A Burke Novel #10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    In Burke, Andrew Vachss gave readers of crime fiction a hero they could believe in, an avenger whose sense of justice was forged behind bars and tempered on New York’s meanest streets. In this blistering thriller, Burke is drawn into his ugliest case yet, one that involves an underground network of abused women and the sleekly ingenious stalkers who’ve marked them as their personal victims. Burke’s client is Crystal Beth, a beautiful outlaw with a tattoo on her face and a mission burned into her heart. She’s trying to shield one of her charges from a vengeful ex with fetishes for Nazism and torture.

    Snoodely says: "Not for Women ..."
  • Drawing Dead: A Cross Novel | Andrew Vachss

    Drawing Dead: A Cross Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By James Foster
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    Andrew Vachss is a lawyer who represents children and youths exclusively. His many books include the Burke series and two collections of short stories, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, and The New York Times, among other publications. A native New Yorker, he divides his time between the city of his birth and the Pacific Northwest.

    Brittany M says: "Great Story but Wanted Phil Gigante!"
  • False Allegations | Andrew Vachss

    False Allegations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    Burke, ex-con, mercenary, and rumored hit man, makes his living by preying on New York’s most vicious predators and occasionally avenging their innocent victims. But in Andrew Vachss’s mercilessly suspenseful new novel, Burke finds himself working the other side of the street, where guilt and innocence are as disposable as the sheets in a Times Square hotel . . . and as dirty. Burke’s new employer is Kite, a fanatical crusader who specializes in debunking “false allegations” of child sexual abuse.

  • Blackjack: A Cross Novel | Andrew Vachss

    Blackjack: A Cross Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    Cross and his strange but multi-talented crew together form one of the most ruthless and efficient hired guns the world has known. In this first appearance in a novel, they take on an elusive serial killer who no one has ever seen. This savage murderer is leaving a trail of eviscerated bodies all over the world

    Robert says: "What a mess"
  • Another Life: A Burke Novel | Andrew Vachss

    Another Life: A Burke Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    With the Prof clinging to life in an underground hospital facility, a man named Pryce shows up to make Burke an offer: professional care for the Prof and a clean slate for everyone in his family in return for Burke's services. Even though Pryce is a merciless man, never to be completely trusted, Burke knows he has only one choice, so he takes the job.

    Sara R. says: "The Antihero rides again"
  • Urban Renewal: A Cross Novel | Andrew Vachss

    Urban Renewal: A Cross Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    The man known only as Cross and his multi-skilled team of urban mercenaries are back, this time invading one of Chicago's least desirable neighborhoods in a land-grab that has the entire underworld puzzled. Chicago has no shortage of deadly gangs. They all know the Cross Crew occupies a cinderblock bunker called Red 71. The Crew is notorious for its deadly efficiency and its disinterest in anything but money. So why has it turned from seller to buyer, grabbing up houses on a block where only a few holdouts against urban decay remain?

    Bradley P. Valentine says: "Weird but satisfying"
  • Only Child: A Burke Novel #14 | Andrew Vachss

    Only Child: A Burke Novel #14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    It’s been years since Burke has been home, years since he’s seen his “family” and worked in the underbelly of New York City. Although his appearance has changed, his reputation grown dusty, and his wallet thin, his skills and his crew remain razor sharp. So when he is contacted by a mob boss to investigate the murder of his illegitimate daughter, Vonni, Burke takes the job and begins searching for an unspeakably vicious killer.

  • Footsteps of the Hawk | Andrew Vachss

    Footsteps of the Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    In Footsteps of the Hawk Burke himself is in danger of becoming a victim. Two rogue cops are stalking him. The coolly seductive Belinda Roberts wants him to free a man charged with a grisly string of rape-murders. The brutal and half-crazy Detective Jorge Morales may be trying to frame Burke for the same crimes.

    Snoodely says: "X-Rated Family"
  • Blue Belle: A Burke Novel #3 | Andrew Vachss

    Blue Belle: A Burke Novel #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    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.

    Mark says: "Lots of sex, lots of uncomfortable situations"
  • Hard Candy: A Burke Novel #4 | Andrew Vachss

    Hard Candy: A Burke Novel #4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    n this mercilessly compelling thriller, Burke - the private eye, sting artist, and occasional hit man who metes out a cruelly ingenious vengeance on those who victimize children - is up against a soft-spoken messiah who may be rescuing runaways or recruiting them for his own hideous purposes. But in doing so Burke becomes a target for an entire Mafia family, a whore with a heart of cyanide, and a contract killer as implacable as a heart-seeking missile.

    Carl says: "Still great to listen to again..."
  • Dead and Gone | Andrew Vachss

    Dead and Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    Career criminal Burke’s skill at working the feathery edges of the law are legendary, and this isn’t the first time he’s been hired to trade cash for an abducted kid. But when the meet turns out to be an ambush, Burke’s partner is killed and he’s left for dead. Dumped on the steps of the ER, Burke hovers between life and death. While the police - and whoever wants him dead - are circling closer, biding their time.

  • Pain Management: A Burke Novel #13 | Andrew Vachss

    Pain Management: A Burke Novel #13

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    Burke is back, but still lurking in the shadows, unable to return home. He is prowling the unfamiliar streets of Portland, Oregon, in search of a runaway teen. By all accounts, Rosebud Carlin is a happy, well-adjusted girl. She doesn’t fit the profile of the runaway kids Burke knows so well... and once was. But there’s something about her father....

    C. A. Rawson says: "Great book. More, more, more."
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