Hard Candy

Hard Candy In this mercilessly compelling thriller Burke the private eye sting artist and occasional hit man who metes out a cruelly ingenious vengeance on those who victimize children is up against a soft sp

  • Title: Hard Candy
  • Author: Andrew Vachss
  • ISBN: 9780679761693
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this mercilessly compelling thriller, Burke the private eye, sting artist, and occasional hit man who metes out a cruelly ingenious vengeance on those who victimize children is up against a soft spoken messiah, who may be rescuing runaways or recruiting them for his own hideous purposes But in doing so Burke becomes a target for an entire Mafia family, a whore with a hIn this mercilessly compelling thriller, Burke the private eye, sting artist, and occasional hit man who metes out a cruelly ingenious vengeance on those who victimize children is up against a soft spoken messiah, who may be rescuing runaways or recruiting them for his own hideous purposes But in doing so Burke becomes a target for an entire Mafia family, a whore with a heart of cyanide, and a contract killer as implacable as a heat seeking missile Written with Vachss s signature narrative overdrive and his unnerving familiarity with the sub basement of American crime Hard Candy is vintage Burke.

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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.



    874 thoughts on “Hard Candy

    • While Burke is reeling over Belle's death, he's called by someone from his past, a hooker named Candy. Candy's daughter Elivira is mixed up with a cult leader named Train and it's up to Burke to bring her back. Complicating matters is the fact that a hitman named Wesley is furious over Burke's killing of Mortay and wants the money he was promised by the mob. Can Burke settle things with Candy and avoid being Wesley's next victim?The Burke books get bleaker and more twisted with each passing volu [...]


    • our first impression as children is usually what sticks. so, after years spent in manhattan - that vast, multi-personalitied behemoth - it'll always remain somewhat in the vision of death wish: graffiti'd subways, garbage-strewn streets, cracked-out floppy-titted streetwalkers, and roving gangs of dark-skinned thieves with afros who flash switchblades and call people 'sucka!' mix that in with a bit of romanticized east-village punkrockery and that's my NYC. and vachss kinda riffs on this world. [...]


    • I read a Burke book a while ago, the first one in the series, it was relentlessly grim, headache inducing in its constant matter of fact depictions of horrible events and the life goals of anti-hero Burke. It kind of put me off reading another one, I'd look at the shelves of my library and see the few Vachss books I have in the hardboiled section and feel a bit sick at the thought of opening another one, but I guess two years is enough time to calm down about it all.Jumping ahead to the fourth b [...]


    • 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 [...]



    • This book is known as book 4 in the Burke series, however books 2,3, and 4 (Strega, Blue Belle, and Hard Candy) are the re-working of Andrew Vachss first novel "A Bomb Built in Hell". Vachss took the main charecter from that book, an ultimate hit man named Wesley, and introduced him into the Burke series. If one was to read 'Bomb' you would see how Vachss melded that book into the Burke series by adding charecters and situations to make it fit his new storylines. To read Hard Candy on its own is [...]


    • The fourth and strongest entry in the series to date. Burke and his co-horts feel like a family now, the underground they inhabit, a dark yet familiar social reality. Burke reels from the death of Belle and in the process, finds himself having to work with Wesley, the most notorious contract killer in New York. It's a fast paced, lean & mean story that takes Burke face to face with gangsters, cult leaders and a high class hooker connected to his past. All in all, a really satisfying story ab [...]


    • Burke and his "brother" Silent Max, and his other "family" members, living among the "citizens" of New York. The problem with these type of citizens that Burke is pursuingey're the sickos.Only four books into this hard-boiled, grittier than being caught in a dust storm series.d I can really see how Vachss & Burke are a cult favorite. 4.5 stars


    • This book is dated. It was difficult get into this novel and the storyline and plot were okay. The characters were just so-so as well.


    • Reading books about the war in Vietnam was probably my introduction to graphic violence. But the violence in Andrew Vachss books is more violent and intense than just about any other books I have read. I am not sure that I would like to see this violence on the Big Screen but reading it seems to mostly keep the intensity at a manageable level for me.One of the ways that I relate to Vachss books so far is that I was a child abuse and neglect social worker way back when for a couple of years. Talk [...]


    • " a honeycomb of tiny bubbles in my chest" Andrew Vachss' Hard Candy, a cinematic noir with shady characters darting every which way through back alleys and underground hideouts centers around Burke, the grizzled and hardened anti-hero with a sliver of humanity still pumping through his veins. Having spent years in and out of prisons and recently loosing his lover, Burke eventually gets tied up with an old flame, a woman dubbed 'Candy' whom prides herself on being able to provide any flavor a ma [...]


    • The first reaction to the start of this novel could legitimately be: “Why is Vachss cleaning up loose ends from a previous book now?” Turns out it is completely relevant to this story. Perhaps he had learned from an oversight earlier in the series. In his second book, Strega, Burke was dealing with a loss suffered in his debut outing; and the angst did not particularly match what the readers had experienced at his side in Flood. This time we know exactly how far Burke has fallen as a result [...]


    • This was the first Burke (and first Andrew Vachss) novel I read and it sizzled. I have recently started the Burke series from the beginning and just re-read this one in a single day. I have to say that so far, this is a transitionary novel for sure. The tone is much leaner than the previous 3 books, plus Vachss, while still maintaining his hardboiled roots, really seems to be finding his own voice here. Everything about the story is more streamlined, the characters are more straight-forward and [...]


    • Unlicensed private investigator and con-man Burke has hit rock bottom after the death of his client and lover Belle. Adrift in a sea of despair, even an increasingly desperate series of scams cannot lift the gloom. Burke is on a collision course with hit-man Wesley, the only man who truly frightened him, and Candy, a woman for hire who has known Burke since childhood. They are working different angles on a man named Tain, a messianic figure who claims to "save" children from the streets. Burke m [...]


    • I'm not sure how I managed to miss Vachss's Burke novels until now, but I have. That's a mistake that will be remedied quickly, having read my first Burke novel.This is the earliest book in the series I could put my hands on for now, but it's definitely a good introduction to Burke and his world. Naturally, it gives away some secrets from the previous books, but hey, it's not Vachss's fault I'm reading them out of order. :)The writing is clean, crisp, efficient and to the point, much like Burke [...]


    • Not so much a "mystery" (or whatever genre the Burke books belong to), but a really smart study of depression and impotence. Burke's reeling from the events of Blue Belle (the previous book in the series) and Vachss places his psychological struggle at the center, subordinating another plot that circles around issues of sexual abuse and exploitation. Really liked the way he handles the tension between Burke and Silent Max. And it was a relief of sorts not to have the sex scenes that typically us [...]


    • "If there is no truth, saying it is the truth. So there is always truth." I had a hard time getting into this writer's style and I was unaware that I was reading the 4th of a series which made it more difficult but as the story unfolded I was gripped by the realness, the rawness of the characters. Lifestyles that I would never imagine, crimes I couldn't dream. It pulled me in and I had to devour it. I will be reading more from this series. If you can handle the gruesome detail of child abuse and [...]


    • This is a book about grief. In a direct continuation from Blue Belle, our anti-hero Burke has lost his way. After a solid revenge start, he spends most of the novel coming to terms with loss and trying to regain what he had before Belle. As such, there is not so much of a plot. But we learn more about what makes baby-boy Burke tick, and that is never a bad thing. It offers up the usual spotlight on the underbelly of NY. I don't denigrate it by saying "usual". This is Vachss after all. Compelling [...]


    • Well, I just can't read Vachss' books any more. Knowing his history, I feel that his characters are acting true to life, and the life painted is more bleak than any I have ever experienced or imagined. I'm such a wuss that the writing stays with me and I feel that I should go down to the Bowery and spend the rest of my days handing out sandwiches and warm clothing, but even doing that 24/7 will never even scratch the surface of the evil that walks and talks in the Caverns of Gotham. It breaks my [...]


    • A pretty complex story with the added insight into Burke's youth. A few questions linger, but I'm confident they will be answered in the coming books. The "omissions" didn't detract at all from the story. This being my fourth Burke novel I can see that reading them in order really helps with the story. The author calls up memories of past characters and in this one even had a "co-staring" role. It really adds to the development of both the story and the characters. Not nearly as dark as the firs [...]


    • In this mercilessly compelling thriller, Burke—the private eye, sting artist, and occasional hit man who metes out a cruelly ingenious vengeance on those who victimize children—is up against a soft-spoken messiah, who may be rescuing runaways or recruiting them for his own hideous purposes. But in doing so Burke becomes a target for an entire Mafia family, a whore with a heart of cyanide, and a contract killer as implacable as a heat-seeking missile


    • This is prime Vachss! However, I have noticed while reading this Burke Book, (my third or fourth) that due to Andrew Vachss's style of writing, it seems like I am getting or comprehending only about 65% of what is written or what is being revealed. Nevertheless, I am hooked on this series. And I confess that I am reading the books entirely out of sequence. These books are an acquired taste because they are so completely unique.


    • Story about Burke recovering from the loss of Belle and getting involved with a woman from his past as well as a man that he'd tried to emulate. The usual attempt to rescue young people from the pit of New York; unsuccessful in this case. An interesting mix of characters from previous stories in this one. I like the development of Burke's character and his mix of friends. The battling with the police and the mob are interesting touches.


    • "City vultures never have to leave the ground"Vachss gets it down so tight the freakin' hinges squeak in this, the fourth and one of the best in the Burke series. Someone needs to get Martin Scorsese or Abel Ferrara to adapt these suckers into movies! They are so quintessentially New York City that they just scream out for either of those two filmmakersd right now Mickey Rourke would make the perfect Burke!


    • Hard Candy (Burke #4) by Andrew Vachss (Vintage Books 1989) (Fiction - Mystery) finds Burke along with his usual cast of characters. A cult leader named Train is running a baby breeding operation; Burke joins forces with the hero/monster psychopath Wesley against Train and the mob. My rating: 5/10, finished 4/6/11.


    • Burke, the bad guy unofficial equalizer, is at it again. This one seemed shorter and with less involvement from his gang of characters. I missed the odd balls and therefore didn't like this one quite as much as the previous Burke books. However, I like the old school 80's stories set in New York City, so whenver I see a Burke book i will still keep picking them up.


    • Burke's past comes back to grab him and put him in a position where he might not survive. No-one survives head-to-head with Wesley. Can Burke? Well, there is a next book! But getting there with him is why we read! One of the best book series that I have ever read.


    • Putting this down temporarily because it's a continuation of a previous book that I do not have. I've read Flood and this is the second Burke novel I own. Going to get Strega and the third novel, read those before I read this one.


    • I am completely hooked on Burke and his Merry Band of Reprobates, but this is not one of his best stories. Perhaps said Merry Band plays too peripheral a role in this entry and leaves it being a story mostly about Burke.


    • This is my favorite of all Vachss novels, which are most likely non fiction when it comes to the grim realities of life underground. This author is intense, and sincere. I've gone to signings several times over the years and am never disappointed.


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