History Creator / AndrewVachss

13th Oct '15 8:22:38 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Blue Belle''

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* ''Blue Belle''Belle'' - A depraved gang is kidnapping prostitutes, with their pimps offering a large reward for bringing the culprits down. Burke has eyes on the prize, but another may see him as a prize of her own.
16th Aug '15 8:26:46 PM crawlkill
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* {{Transsexual}}: HookerWithAHeartOfGold Michelle

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* {{Transsexual}}: HookerWithAHeartOfGold MichelleMichelle. Vachss managed an uncondescending sympathetic depiction of a transwoman in 1985, putting him a couple decades ahead of the game.
26th Jan '15 6:00:23 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Footsteps of the Hawk''

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* ''Footsteps of the Hawk''Hawk'' - Burke has been the hunter, but now it is time for him to be the hunted when two rogue cops descend on him. One seeks his assistance in clearing the name of a man charged with a string of grisly rape-murders, but may hide an agenda of her own. The other seems bent on pinning the very same crimes on Burke, but why and to what end?
7th Dec '14 6:17:59 AM GentlemensDame883
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* VillainProtagonist: Burke and co. are this from a legal perspective, though they retain the moral high ground by restricting their activities to {{Asshole Victim}}s and those the law can't touch. Cross and crew have fewer qualms.
23rd Aug '14 7:53:56 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Dead and Gone'' - A simple ransom-for-captive exchange goes horribly wrong, forcing Burke to go against a shadowy mastermind.

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* ''Dead and Gone'' - A simple ransom-for-captive exchange goes horribly wrong, forcing wrong in a way Burke had not expected. In order to go against a track down the shadowy mastermind.mastermind responsible, Burke must take a trip away from his usual stomping grounds.
28th Jul '14 8:09:38 PM GentlemensDame883
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Burke has one. So does pretty much every other character you meet. Anybody who doesn't is either well outside Burke's world or a ButtMonkey.
* DeathSeeker: At the end of ''Terminal'', Burke says that the prayer he prayed was the first to not ask in some way for death. The meaning is obvious.
** Burke tends to fall into this a lot, really.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Burke had an unpleasant childhood thanks to them, to say the least.
** Averted at least in the sense that child advocates tend to be shown as well-meaning, but underfunded and sometimes deliberately knee-capped by higher-ups.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Burke has one.one - abandoned at birth by his mother, who's implied to be a teen prostitute, brought up through the worst of the foster and juvenile system and generally seeing the dark side of society. So does pretty much every other character you meet. Anybody who doesn't is either well outside Burke's world or a ButtMonkey.
* DeathSeeker: At the end of ''Terminal'', Burke says that the prayer he prayed at that moment was the first to not ask in some way for death. The meaning is obvious.
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obvious. Burke tends to fall into this a lot, really.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Burke had an unpleasant childhood thanks to them, to say the least.
** Averted at least
least. Though played with in the sense that child advocates tend to be shown as well-meaning, but underfunded and sometimes deliberately knee-capped by higher-ups.



* TheDreaded: Wesley, even after his apparent suicide.
** Even worse if you read ''A Bomb Built In Hell'', essentially Wesley's backstory and horrific even by this series' standards.

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* TheDreaded: Wesley, even after his apparent suicide.
** Even
suicide. It gets even worse if you read ''A Bomb Built In Hell'', essentially Wesley's backstory and horrific even by this series' standards.
21st Mar '14 7:17:45 AM Odon
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* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: Burke ends Flood's HeroicBSOD by playing "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals on his car's cassette player, and inviting her to dance to it.



** WordOfGod states Wesley is dead and will not be coming back. Well, as a living being: his ghost apparently has taken root in Burke's psyche, at least in a few novels. as a symbol of Burke's dark and homicidal side.

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** WordOfGod states Wesley is dead and will not be coming back. Well, as a living being: his ghost apparently has taken root in Burke's psyche, at least in a few novels. novels, as a symbol of Burke's dark and homicidal side.
3rd Mar '14 5:07:55 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''A Bomb Built in Hell'' - A prelude to the Burke series proper, written before but not accepted for publication until well afterwards. This is Wesley's story, the story of how he made his infamy.

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* ''A Bomb Built in Hell'' - A prelude to the Burke series proper, written before but not accepted for publication until well afterwards. This is Wesley's story, the story of how he made his infamy. In jail, he encountered a mob boss and was moulded into an assassin for the mob. Then he learned more about the system that had gotten him there, turned his eye on political targets, and started on the road to a literally explosive ending.




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* ''That's How I Roll'' (Non-Burke) - Fate made two very different rolls of the genetic dice for the brothers Esau and Tory Till. Esau is a GeniusCripple, Tory a superlative example of both sides of the DumbMuscle coin. In order to keep his younger brother safe, Esau has been working as an assassin for two rival factions of the mob. When an interloper tries to butt in, he deals with them in his usual no-holds-barred fashion, starting a series of events that land him on death row. Even from there, however, he still has one last gambit to play.
* ''The Weight'' (Non-Burke) - When the government offer "Sugar" a choice of either ratting out his heist buddies or going to jail, he takes one for the team. When he comes out, he is instructed by the mastermind to track down one of them who's gone missing and ensure the secrets are safe. What awaits him, however, is out of left field even for a hardened criminal like him.
29th Jan '14 8:37:18 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Terminal'' - A prison acquaintance of Burke's badly needs money for a life-saving operation. His offer: a lucrative job of blackmailing some rich trash who got away with rape and murder many years back.

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* ''Terminal'' - A prison acquaintance of Burke's badly needs money for a life-saving operation. His offer: a lucrative job of blackmailing some rich trash who got away with rape and murder many years back. Where Burke is involved, though, nothing is as straightforward as it first seems.
28th Jan '14 3:08:58 AM Odon
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the prologue to ''A Bomb Built in Hell'', Andrew Vachss notes that the rejection slips he got from publishers back in TheSeventies cited Chinese street gangs and schoolyard shootings as being too unrealistic.



** Central premise A Bomb Built in Hell, the unofficial predecessor to the Burke Series.

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** Central premise A of ''A Bomb Built in Hell, Hell'', the unofficial predecessor to the Burke Series.
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