Blue Belle

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 wonderf

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! Anyways...the 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 deal of stuff and people have been established by this point. Thankfully, I was able to figure it out pretty quickly and had a good time with this novel, although I definitely felt like I needed a scalding psychic shower after.Burke is...I don't even know what to describe him as. I don't think the usual P.I. applies here. He definitely does some investigative work, but he's also a straight up criminal that did a stint in prison and has this very Punisher-like crusade of ripping off and ruining people who commit crimes against children. The theme of protecting and avenging wronged children and often women as well was prominent to me from within the first hundred pages or so. Burke is paranoid and lives off of the grid, but still has a surprisingly close-knit "family" of other outcasts and weirdos or "outlaws" as they call themselves (opposed to "citizens.) These range from Mama, a restaurant owner with extensive underworld connections to the transsexual lady of mystery Michelle to the Nazi-hunting Mole to the mute Mongolian warrior Max. If not fully fleshed out, the characters are always at least interesting. They kind of remind me of the people that inhabit Miller's Sin City comics, which was a plus because I love those.Yes, this series can be a bit over the top at times but all that really serves to do is keep things entertaining and provide a bit of fantastical respite from the utterly grim and often revolting world Burke inhabits. Vachss' apparently extensive life experience with the world of crime as an attorney only adds to the novel's weight, and his obvious close familiarity with New York provides a wonderful detail, mood and atmosphere to the surroundings. The story moves all over Manhattan and as someone who has never been anywhere near New York I loved that. Most authors will tell you the characters are on 53rd and 7th or whatever but like I said, I have no idea what 53rd and 7th looks like. I have trouble even envisioning having that many streets. My city goes up to like 30th at the most. With Vachss you get vivid descriptions of what's actually going on with each block the characters are visiting and it's awesome. Setting and atmosphere is vital with this type of novel and Vachss has it.The plot...you know, your basic "mysterious van murdering hookers around the city for a totally unknown reason" with some ill-fated love story thrown in. It certainly kept the pages turning. I'm not a fast reader by any means but I did finish it in a day or two. The villain was pretty goddamn creepy, which I always love, although I was kind of baffled by the occasional dips into martial arts stuff...I'm just gonna blame it on the general '80s obsession with karate and that kind of thing. I will say that this novel had a decent bit of gratuitous sex, what with the whole repeated descriptions of how overpoweringly buxom Belle was and the lovely cherry on top with the (view spoiler)[four-page anal sex scene. (hide spoiler)] This was probably to be expected, though...I really don't know if you can get any grittier than this author. Gritty isn't even the word. It's more mucous-y. If this sounds good to you, give it a shot. But don't say I didn't warn ya. It's about half serious-as-a-heart-attack crime thriller and half macho revenge fantasy comic book nightmare.A viral Blue Belle Creat Andrew Vachss are Books Burke works the darkest sides of the meanest city streets Now those streets are even shadowed by a Ghost Van snuffing teenage prostitutes To stop it, pimps have given Burke a war chest stuffed with dirty money, and help in the fabulous form of a blonde stripper whose naked offer of heavenly sex masks a secret hell Burke thinks he is shockproof about the evil men anBurke works the darkest sides of the meanest city streets Now those streets are even shadowed by a Ghost Van snuffing teenage prostitutes To stop it, pimps have given Burke a war chest stuffed with dirty money, and help in the fabulous form of a blonde stripper whose naked offer of heavenly sex masks a secret hell Burke thinks he is shockproof about the evil men and women do He is wrong. 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.. Popular Ebook Blue Belle 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. Vachss’s hero Burke is back for another lighthearted and fun-filled adventure in a glittering New York filled with rainbows and unicorns. Someone has been rolling around in a van and randomly shooting prostitutes. A stripper named Belle contacts Burke to arrange a meeting with a pimp who wants to offer a bounty on the so called Ghost Van. Burke accepts the gig and strikes up a relationship with Belle. Since this is a Vachss novel, Belle turns out to have a history messed up enough to keep Dr. Phil booked for years. Things take a dark turn when Burke’s friend Prof is badly injured while making inquiries on the street about the van. Prof’s attacker was a crazy kung-fu master named Mortay who wants to draw their buddy Max into a fight to the death. Burke scrambles to protect Max, learn Mortay’s connection to the Ghost Van and deal with his new romance.While I generally like the Burke novels, they wear me down. Burke’s world is a relentlessly grim place with freaks and criminals waiting around every corner. While I like the idea of this urban survivor living off the grid and working these crazy jobs, the stories are just so goddamn bleak that I don’t dare read them too often lest I fall into a dark depression that would leave me weeping under the covers for days at a time.I had a lot of other problems with this one, too. Far too much time is spent with his relationship with Belle. Essentially they instantly fall in love, and Burke is showing her every aspect of his life which doesn’t really fit with the character's paranoid nature. And as you’d expect from two people with traumatic issues in their childhoods, their relationship is pretty fucked up. She’s needy and constantly demanding more while Burke is always instructing her on how he expects his woman to behave. And of course (view spoiler)[ Belle ends up sacrificing her life for Burke at the end. Was it even necessary? Didn’t seem like it.(hide spoiler)]This relationship stuff was almost enough to get me to drop this to two stars but one of Burke’s crazy and ultra-violent scams to draw out Mortay was enough to bump it back up to three.
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  1. 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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  1. 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 Vachss s [...]


  2. While working to collect the 50,000 bounty on the Ghost Van, a mysterious vehicle whose appearance marks the disappearance of one or 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 than he could easily chew in this one The relationship with Belle really complicated Burk [...]


  3. 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 deal o [...]


  4. 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 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 charac [...]


  5. 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 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 things are no longer a dirty se [...]


  6. 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 few hour s and before yo [...]


  7. 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 above bein [...]


  8. 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.




  9. 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 Belle A wo [...]


  10. 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 past it s [...]


  11. 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 appealing cover art than what was displayed of a glamorous blonde bombshell and the grim profile of a [...]


  12. 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 light [...]


  13. 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 readers [...]


  14. 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 long series of b [...]


  15. 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 named [...]


  16. 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 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 great story [...]


  17. 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 about Burke s personal relationships rather than the action of solving his case I prefer the previous two books that were 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.


  18. 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.


  19. 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.


  20. 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.



  21. 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 thrower It does l [...]


  22. 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 the bet [...]


  23. 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 ge [...]


  24. 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 families Having been traumat [...]


  25. 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 You can [...]


  26. 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 hard boiled as th [...]


  27. 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 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 nasty rawness none of h [...]


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