Blue Belle

Blue Belle Burke is one of the most cold blooded yet strangely honorable heroes in the history of crime fiction an outlaw who makes his living by preying on the most vicious of New York City s bottom feeders t

  • Title: Blue Belle
  • Author: Andrew Vachss
  • ISBN: 9785552440801
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Burke is one of the most cold blooded yet strangely honorable heroes in the history of crime fiction, an outlaw who makes his living by preying on the most vicious of New York City s bottom feeders, those who thrive on the suffering of children In Andrew Vachss s tautly engrossing novel Burke is given a purse full of dirty money to find the infamous Ghost Van that is cuttBurke is one of the most cold blooded yet strangely honorable heroes in the history of crime fiction, an outlaw who makes his living by preying on the most vicious of New York City s bottom feeders, those who thrive on the suffering of children In Andrew Vachss s tautly engrossing novel Burke is given a purse full of dirty money to find the infamous Ghost Van that is cutting a lethal swath among the teenage prostitutes in the hood He also gets help in the form of a stripper named Belle, whose moves on the runway are outclassed only by what she can do in a getaway car But not even Burke is prepared for the evil that is behind the Ghost Van or for the sheer menace of its guardian, a cadaverous karate expert who enjoys killing so much that he has named himself after death A book so ferocious, with characters so venal and actions so breakneck, that you dare not get in the way

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    About " Andrew Vachss "

  • Andrew Vachss

    Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social services caseworker, a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum security prison for aggressive violent youth Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youths exclusively He is the author of numerous novels, including the Burke series, two collections of short stories, and a wide variety of other material including song lyrics, graphic novels, essays, and a children s book for adults His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, the New York Times, and many other forums A native New Yorker, he now divides his time between the city of his birth and the Pacific Northwest.The dedicated Web site for Vachss and his work isvachss That site and this page are managed by volunteers To contact Mr Vachss directly, use the email us function of vachss.

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  • If Andrew Vachss did his books Sesame Street style, then this one would be brought to you by the letter M because in addition to Max, Michelle, Mama and the Mole, he adds characters named Mortay, McGowan, Morelli, Morales and Marques. Of course, if Vachss did Sesame Street then Bert and Ernie would turn out to be pedophiles that would lure Elmo into their house with promises of candy while Big Bird filmed it. And you don't even want to know what that freak Mr. Snuffleupagus would be doing. Vachs [...]


  • While working to collect the $50,000 bounty on the Ghost Van, a mysterious vehicle whose appearance marks the disappearance of one or more prostitutes, Burke gets entangled with a buxom stripper named Belle. Can Burke keep Belle out of harm's way as he tracks the Ghost Van? And what, if anything, does the Ghost Van have to do with Mortay, the insane karate master who's gunning for Max the Silent?Wow. Burke bit off more than he could easily chew in this one. The relationship with Belle really com [...]


  • I bought Blue Belle pretty much motivated solely because I heard Vachss wrote good crime stuff and also because if the cover of this book was the cover to an album I would buy that album. It's wonderfully garish and mildly unsettling with an undeniable '80s flavor. The typeset seriously looks like mold. The matching cover to the next book Hard Candy is even better! Anywayse point is that I really had no idea what to expect. Not only is it my first Vachss but it's the third Burke novel so a good [...]


  • If you ever were to ask me to reccommend a book without any criteria or caveats at all THIS is the book I would tell you you MUST read. Why? Why would I specifically choose this book out of all of the many books I have read over the many,many,years?Heart. THIS book has heart,or more properly perhaps it has A heart,a living,beating,palpable heart that drives this story much as an actual heart pumps blood through the body in which it resides.Andrew Vachss is not an author for the casual reader,his [...]


  • ★ ★ ★ 1/2The third Burke novel and as with the previous two, titled after the woman central to the story. As I was reading, this was easily my least favorite so far--and by a wide margin. I’ll put aside the transparent mystery of the Ghost Van. That’s a time issue. In 1988, when Blue Belle was published, it would take more than half the book to figure it out. It’s hardly fair to hold that against Vachss since it’s because of the tireless work of him and others like him that these t [...]


  • So disappointed!! This book is part 'Carry On' part violent revenge and the rest is misogynistic cod's wallop. I fail to understand why a woman need's to be 'slapped', 'nipped' and 'patted on the rump' to reassure her insecurities What is she, a farm animal!! The character of Belle is so deeply annoying that i started to skip the Belle & Burke scenes just to get on with the story. Andrew Vachss clearly has a thing for large, mentally unstable, obsessive women she's only met Burke for a fe [...]


  • This book saved my life. How's THAT for a "review"? When I discovered this Author, and read this book, I suddenly realized that the abuse (or let's call it what it is: the terrorisation of children by their so-called "parents")I was suffering wasn't my fault-as I had been made to believe. Even though mine was emotional,not sexual, I recognized "power" and it's ab-use.Took some time, but eventually I got away.Thank you Mr. Vachss, once again!How's the book? One of my absolute favourites (without [...]


  • The entire Burke series can only be described as 'gritty'. Burke is the ultimate anti-hero. As characters are developed as the series moves along, I highly recommend any new readers start this from the beginning, Flood, and move on from there.




  • when I was younger I devoured these novels. I still respect the author for what he is trying to do but now I find it difficult to not roll my eyes when reading these books. The sheer horror is affecting and horrifying when it comes to what can happen to children and is something that needs to be recognized. Still the writing style and the over the top theatrics of Burke and his "crew' becomes tedious. This novel is particularly cringe worthy when it comes to the relationship between him and Bell [...]


  • A lot of the reviews seem to criticize Vachss while not acknowledging how ahead of its time the book was for 1988 with strong characters who are women of color, transgender and disabled. In this case, I see reviews criticizing Vachss for having a character who likes to be spanked and pinched during sex, among other habits not so easily discussed in a review. Of course, many people love that kind of thing. And in full context — her being a product of incest with violence and sex work in her pas [...]


  • It often pays to follow your instincts. I was in a bookstore one day -- the day itself was nothing special -- when I spotted this book on a rack. I wasn't into any particular genre (I'm still not), and I'll never be able to tell you what one thing drew me to picking up BLUE BELLE. My instincts just told me to get it, even though I had never heard of Andrew Vachss before in my life, and I've seen far, far more appealing cover art than what was displayed of a glamorous blonde bombshell and the gri [...]


  • An early entry in Vachss' Burke series and my first introduction to the character and his world. Burke is an independent sort of gun for hire/fixer/investigator living in New York City's underworld. He has a family of people also living in the margins of society to aide him in his work. He also has a particular hatred for those who would exploit or abuse children. In this one Burke is hired by a pimp to track down and put a stop to the "Ghost Van", a mysterious van that's been trolling NYC's red [...]


  • The best of the early Burke novels. The ingredients are familiar: Burke's brooding personality; the extended family centered at Mama's Chinese restaurant; a plot set in the gritty underside of New York City; the sex scenes between Burke and the women who gives the book its title. As always, I wish there ws a bit less of the latter--Vachss isn't particularly talented at writing the erotic and that piece feels a bit like fantasy. That's a problem mostly because those scenes may keep some potential [...]


  • What did I think? This guy's the king of "Noir", is what I think. Andrew Vachss, a lawyer and author with a penchant for the welfare of kids and women - especially the kids - has created Burke to let some steam escape.Burke's world is not the world you and I live in. Burke exists in NYC but he is not seen in it. When society mentions the name "Burke" it is in the fashion of a legend: a myth, someone who is not real. Burke likes it that way.With unforgettable characters fully developed over a lon [...]


  • The Ghost Van is hunting the lost children of New York City. The van pulls up to a child working the street and deals death in broad daylight, and unlicensed private eye and con-man Burke is hired to stop them. This is the third entry in the gritty series, with Burke facing his most formidable challenge yet, keeping his "family" of fellow hustlers and con artists safe on the mean streets of New York. There are twin narratives at work here, as Burke meets and falls for a voluptuous exotic dancer [...]


  • Another great story about Burke and his merry band Max the Silent, Mama, The Mole, The Prof, Michelle, and never forget Pansy, the Neapolitan Mastiff. Sadly, the reason I can't bring myself to give this four or more stars is the title character and Burke's love interest Belle. Vachss draws her as this one-dimensional, sex-obsessed (well, Burke-obsessed!) embarrassment and I really wanted to skip over the parts where she appeared (adding precious little to the story, actually). But, it's still a [...]


  • Third novel in Vachss 'Burke' series. Burke is an outlaw detective/man for hire usually solving cases that no one else cares about. I found this book to be more about Burke's personal relationships rather than the action of solving his "case." I prefer the previous two books that were more about the case and less about the woman. i'll keep reading the series because i really like the motley crew of characters but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book.


  • Blue Belle is a dampener after a good 'Hard Candy' and an excellent 'Sacrifice'. Andrew Vachss is definitely not for the fain hearted. His writing is violent, explicit and sometimes unpalatable. Blue Belle was flat out boring. The story does not progress much beyond the fears of Burke and the clinging whine of Belle. The unending explicit sex scenes were terrible. If I had read Blue Belle earlier, I would, never have given Andrew Vachss another chance.


  • I took another trip through the dark, gritty, mean streets of New York. Where you'll find the sicko, deranged minds of those that are into sex with young girls. Those that want to inflict pain, to satisfy their sexual perversion snuff films. And, when word hits the street, that there's young hookers getting kidnapped off the streets.Burke is who they look up. Hardboiled, lean writing, and one of the best anti-hero protagonist ever.


  • This was actually the first Burke novel I read and I instantly fell in love. It helps to read the series in order but this is one of the best stories in the series.



  • I am reading this in the omnibus book of Burke #2, #3 and #4 /book/show/82The Burke beat goes on. There are eighteen books in this series published from 1985 to 2006.If Burke pops in a tape in his Plymouth, there is a good chance it is Judy Henske. We might consider her one of the cast of characters since she appeared in an earlier book and her tunes seem likely to show up in the future when Burke isn’t playing the blues. Burke says: "If Linda Ronstadt's a torch singer, Henske's a flame throwe [...]


  • This would have been better if Belle was not in it she is just too much. She falls in love with Burke immediately and then tells him she loves him and needs him to love her during every conversation they have. Burke just tells her to shut up and do as she told. And of course, a relationship built like that results in lots of sex. There is another depressing and dark story in here with pedophiles and scum that gets overshadowed by far too much Belle.I like the Burke novels. This was not one of t [...]


  • My first Vachss novel, it was highly recommended to me in advance, butSome spoilers aheadThe writing was certainly gripping from the offset, but I was mostly disappointed.The Ghost Van was entirely a mcguffin. Not entirely problematic, worked with the Falcon, but my sense was that no one was really interested in this at all, not the author, not the characters and not me. The story could have ended with the Ghost Van still operating and who would have cared? The story line is strange, a long time [...]


  • “Blue Belle” is a book that is part of a long running series that has spanned many years. Part of the “Burke” series, written by Andrew Vachss, this is an early example of the extremely unique style of the author. Burke is a sort of anti-hero, a criminal who has come up through the ranks of the foster care and orphanage system. Brutalized as a child, Burke is a complex character who is part of a “family” of criminals who have bonded with an intensity not seen in most ordinary familie [...]


  • I like Andrew Vachss quite a bit. He seems like an interesting cat. And he has an eyepatch! A rule I live by: if a dude with an eyepatch talks, you listen.Anyway, this is the third book in the long-running Burke series. I'd read a later entry in the series a while back, and I liked it enough to start from the beginning. GOY. Vachss started this series deep in the heart of the gritty NYC 80s, and wowee wow wow, does it show. Constant, disdainful references to yuppies, pot-smoking hippies and AIDS [...]


  • Vachss takes us into NYC's dark underbelly. The underbelly of the underbelly. There are no "citizens"—normal, regular folks—in this world, only outlaws, freaks, and monsters. Hunters and prey. You think you can tell which is which? Don't count on it. Because like the saying goes, sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted.Burke is almost an anti-hero, as dark and bad-ass as the villains he takes on. What does he do, exactly? He's not a traditional P.I that's for damn sure, although he is as har [...]


  • I was always astounded at the quality of this hard-hitting writer but with 'Blue Bell' he really nails it. Best of breed. Its just incredible detective fiction. "Belle" is Vachss' most well-drawn female character (topping 'Strega') and the plot of this story--where he no longer has to introduce Burke and all Burke's exposition--is more taut and economical than any of the preceding titles in the series. Vachss writes with the veracity which stems from his career in law enforcement and with a nast [...]


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