Re: RARA-AVIS: Flood

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 26 Jun 2007

I agree with Ron. The first three books are all good, even if the plots were all the same, with Blue Belle being the best. After that the quality dropped off, althrough Dead & Gone is worth a read.

On 6/26/07, R. & J. Clinton <> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "ninposamurai" < <>>
> > Hi. Not long ago i read,Flood by Andrew Vachss,again.I would like to
> > know your opinion,of it. Thank You!
> > Jeff
> I thought his first three books -- FLOOD, STREGA and BLUE BELLE -- were
> outstanding. Unfortunately, he opted to continue what would have been a
> very memorable and remarkable trilogy into a series that quickly became
> stale and repetitive (though the 4th and 5th in the series were okay),
> progressively morphing into a pale cartoon caricature of its former power
> and originality. I haven't read a new Vachss in years, but I did read the
> Burke series up to the tenth volume (SAFE HOUSE, 1998), so I think I can
> safely say that I continued to give it a chance to prove itself anew, to
> reignite some freshness to the character, his "family" and their
> struggles...but it all began to read to me like a episodic comic book,
> full
> of cliches, forced/trite dialogue and all-too-obvious commentary.
> His standalone works are hit and miss. STELLA was brilliant. THE GETAWAY
> MAN was similarly striking. Conversely, I found TWO TRAINS RUNNING
> unreadable.
> His short-story collections are always entertaining and impressive...I'd
> highly recommend both.
> Ron Clinton

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