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Subject: The Best Crime series
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:23 PM ET
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I found almost the whole set of Andrew Vachss books. At first I wondered if I'd like them.

I got so caught up in his Burke series, I could not put them down. This man is so against

child abuse and takes it to a place that is so scary. His series keeps you really on the edge.

This is one series that needs to be read in order written.

He is also an animal lover and has some wonderful dogs in this series. He also has a great web site.




If you like mystries and crime books and you are not a sissy, you will fall in love like I did.

There are only 2 that I haven't read and a new one comes out in Dec '08

I would like to hear from anyone that has read his books and hear what you think about them

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:43 PM ET
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I have never heard of it but they sound great!  I just looked it up the web address and looked over what he has written, very interested!

I put them on reminder list so I can be sure to check them out, thanks for the rec. 

Have a wonderful day!

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 2:28 PM ET
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you are welcome and here is a site you can go to so you can see them in order


Date Posted: 9/28/2008 3:30 PM ET
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i got to where I felt like I was a part of this family of underground criminals, lol

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 4:28 PM ET
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I had forgotten about Andrew Vachss.  I read Sacrifice a long time ago and did not like it, in part because I thought that the portrayal of voodoo was stereotyped.  At the time I was very involved with human rights issues in Haiti, and I think that's the connection that made me pick up the book, and I was sad to read yet another portrayal of a Haitian as an inscrutable, dangerous voodoo practitioner (cf. The Serpent and the Rainbow).  But I'm not sure I was even aware at the time that the book was part of a series, and I may have liked the main character more if I had followed him from the beginning.

I have a vague memory that I bought the book from my university's textbook discard sale--I wonder which class used it.

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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 5:33 PM ET
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Oh that book is number 6 in the series of 17 so far.

I think you have to get to know why he does the things he does.

He gives no excuse for Pedophiles, they are the scum of this earth.

This is the only book he has that goes into the Voodoo stuff. Each book he writes

takes on a different case but from #1 to 17 you can follow his family (his chosing not blood family)

Each one of them has their own reason to be in this group.

Maybe if you started with book 1 (Flood) you would see and enjoy them enough to read the rest.

Hope this gives a different light on his books. Also check out his website,  www.andrewvachss.com

The site is called Down in the Zero

Thanks for you answer


Date Posted: 9/28/2008 6:07 PM ET
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I think Vachss is phenomenal, but the Burke series is definitely not for the faint of heart.     

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 8:29 PM ET
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Oh that is so true, lol and before I read his books I liked cozy mysteries.

Now I can't find a thing to read. I got so bored with other books that I have re read some of his.

I loaned some out now I wish I had them back lol