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Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss
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Hard Candy (1989)

by Andrew Vachss

Series: Burke (4)

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Amazed this hasn't been reviewed in LibraryThing. I was spellbound, found it very difficult to put down. One hopes the mean streets of NY are (were) not quite so bad as painted here but the writing is superb. Read it. ( )
  NaggedMan | Jan 3, 2014 |
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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. 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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P. I. Burke gets unwillingly advertised as a gun-for-hire and pressure from the police and the Mafia, but decides to rescue a young girl from the dangers of a "safe house" for teenagers.

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