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Safe House by Andrew Vachss

Safe House (1998)

by Andrew Vachss

Series: Burke (10)

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Reading a Burke novel isn't like reading a normal book. It's a comfort food, not a gourmet treat. I got the comfort I was seeking. The series is reliable that way. You get a foreground of intense but damaged love, the kind of intensity that requires the damage to prove its depth, in a background of a cynicism that feels more like reality than reality itself. You get the only kind of justice available in such an environment. You ignore the flaws and go for the feelings. If you can soak a while in this, you'll be glad you did. If you can't, I feel sorry for you. ( )
  Gimley_Farb | Jul 6, 2015 |
I was looking for book with male characters that were broken inside but with a tough exterior that push people away yet still do good even it is through violence. I found that exact person in the character of Burke. My first introduction to him in this novel just made me want to run out and get every other book in the series. I *love* it when I discover a new series of novels that I know I will enjoy from the start. ( )
  kanata | Apr 11, 2010 |
Interesting story of Burke - hardcore criminal and man-for-hire - who is drawn into investigating some stalkers when one of his friends ends up implicated with the death of a man. There are elements of spousal abuse, stalker issues, neo-nazis and a bombing plot. Being a man who is outside the law he has issues of trust.

It's interesting but not necessarily something I would hunt out more about, however if I happened on more I'd read them. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 2, 2008 |
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Safe House, the latest in Andrew Vachss's series of Burke novels, begins when Burke's "brother," Hercules, is paid to scare off a neo-nazi stalker and accidentally kills the wrong guy. Burke finds himself unwittingly drawn into a world of white supremacists, stalkers, and safe house networks. What ensues is an intense rush to cover Hercules' tracks and, at the same time, bring down a New York City white supremacy ring.

Safe House offers up Vachss's repertoire of repeat characters. The most fascinating are Burke's prison "family," the Prof, Max the silent, the Mole, Michelle, Clarence, Mama, and, of course, Burke himself, who is as hard-edged as ever. The family's willingness to help one another, even die for one another, is the emotional string that ties the books together. There are also two new female characters, Vyra, the affluent Jewish housewife and Crystal Beth, half Inuit, half Irish safe house madam. Though not as believable as their male counterparts, Vyra and Crystal Beth have powerful secrets of their own and add a soft, human element to the story.

Like other Vachss novels, Safe House embraces the dirty, grim life of the ex-con for hire. The most compelling aspect of Safe House is Vachss's no-holds-barred writing style. He spares nobody's feeling and minces no words in this rough, gritty and often painfully raw crime story. --Mara Friedman

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PI Burke of New York busts a plot by white supremacists to dynamite federal buildings. Burke, an ex-convict who now combats family abuse, stumbles on the plot while investigating the stalking of a woman by her estranged husband.

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