Burke

18 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,102 ratings

Flood Publisher's Summary

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.
Fearfully knowing, crackling with narrative tension, and written in prose as forceful as a hollow-point slug, Flood is Burke at his deadliest - and Vachss at the peak of his form.

©2009 Andrew Vachss (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Flood

    • A Novel
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 229
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 234

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good - I will try some more of the series.

    • By Rachel on 02-20-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • Strega

    • A Burke Novel, Book 2
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 110

    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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator is better here than on first book

    • By Mark on 11-15-14

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  • Book 3

    • Blue Belle

    • A Burke Novel #3
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of sex, lots of uncomfortable situations

    • By Mark on 03-11-17

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 4

    • Hard Candy

    • A Burke Novel #4
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Still great to listen to again...

    • By Carl on 10-10-14

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • Blossom

    • A Burke Novel #5
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    In the figure of Burke, Andrew Vachss has given contemporary crime fiction one of its most mesmerizing characters. An abused child raised in orphanages, foster homes, and prisons, Burke is a career criminal and outlaw who steals and scams for a living. But he draws the line at the psychopaths and predators who stalk children. Sometimes he draws that line in blood.

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  • Book 6

    • Sacrifice

    • A Burke Novel #6
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Andrew Vachss Delivers

    • By Jonna True on 04-22-16

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  • Book 7

    • Down in the Zero

    • A Burke Novel #7
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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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  • Book 8

    • Footsteps of the Hawk

    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 27

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • X-Rated Family

    • By Snoodely on 03-13-14

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 9

    • False Allegations

    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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.

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  • Book 10

    • Safe House

    • A Burke Novel #10
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not for Women ...

    • By Snoodely on 03-14-14

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  • Book 11

    • Choice of Evil

    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

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  • Book 12

    • Dead and Gone

    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    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.

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  • Book 13

    • Pain Management

    • A Burke Novel #13
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. More, more, more.

    • By C. A. Rawson on 03-22-17

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 14

    • Only Child

    • A Burke Novel #14
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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.

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  • Book 15

    • Down Here

    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book.

    • By C. A. Rawson on 03-22-17

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  • Book 16

    • Mask Market

    • A Burke Novel
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: David Joe Wirth
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tough, Raw, Exciting, and with a Great Ending

    • By Carl on 11-21-08

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  • Book 17

    • Terminal

    • A Burke Novel
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: David Joe Wirth
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    When the former shot-caller of the country's most feared white supremacist prison gang contacts Burke, he comes with references...and the promise of a huge score. Terminally ill, the ex-con needs major cash to gamble on the long-shot possibility of a cure that's available only in Switzerland.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect Author

    • By Maude Lebowski on 03-16-09

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  • Book 18

    • Another Life

    • A Burke Novel
    • By: Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Antihero rides again

    • By Sara R. on 10-31-11

    Regular price: $24.47