Re: RARA-AVIS: Flood

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 26 Jun 2007

I strongly support what Ron said...more recent books were really far far away from the initial burst...and Two Trains Running was so unreadable that I droped it after a few chapters...

Sad since the first ones were brilliant and so were Stella and Getaway Man.

Steve Novak

On 6/26/07 2:21 PM, "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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