Re: RARA-AVIS: Vachss's Dead and Gone

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 25 Mar 2007

Vachss hit his peak with Blue Bell, which was the third Burke Novel. Strega and Flood are good too, but the first three novels all have the exact same plot. Dead and Gone was a valiant attempt to breathe new life into an old character, and it was pretty good, but most of the Burke novels just aren't that memorable. The vast majority all seem to run together in my head.

On 3/25/07, Michael Robison <> wrote:
> Bought this a couple years ago and finally got around
> to reading it. It was an improvement over the last
> one I read of his, but I don't see the magic I saw in
> the early ones. It could be that the newness is worn
> off for me. I first discovered Vachss just browsing
> in Barnes and Nobles, so it was a cool discovery. The
> unusual characters and vigilante intensity are not
> something I commonly found at Barnes and Nobles. I
> think I might go back and reread some of his first
> books, but I think I'm calling it quits on the rest.
> miker
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