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The Burke Series

Another Life, a Burke novel by Andrew VachssPantheon, December 30, 2008 (hardcover)
Brillance, December 30, 2008 (audiobook)
Thorndike Press, March 4, 2009 (large print)
Pantheon, December 30, 2008 (eBook/Kindle)

Excerpt (from print edition)
Excerpt (from audio edition) [mp3 / 1.1MB]

Another Life is the end of a journey that began with Flood, Andrew Vachss' first novel featuring career criminal Burke and his Family of Choice. "I didn't set out to write a series. Who but a terminal narcissist would?" the author says of his 1985 debut. But twenty–three years—and seventeen Burke novels—later, Andrew Vachss is finally bringing down the curtain on a series that has been described as "urban nightmares" by Publishers Weekly, and "strong, gritty, gut–bucket stuff" by the Chicago Tribune. Anyone who has felt a part of the family that includes recurring series characters Max, the Mole, Michelle, the Prof, Terry, Clarence, and Mama—characters the Seattle Post–Intelligencer says "are as sharply defined as if they were etched in steel"—will want to be there for the end of the journey, as best–selling, award–winning author Andrew Vachss ties up the loose ends, and sends his Family of Choice off to ... Another Life.



All Burke Series covers shown below are the trade paperback editions, in the "Stage III" design developed especially as a Vachss trademark by the publishing house.

Terminal, a Burke novel by Andrew VachssTerminal
Pantheon, 2007 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2008 (trade paperback)
Brilliance Audio, 2007 (audiobook)
Thorndike Press, 2007 (large print)
Pantheon, 2007 (eBook/Kindle edition)
Excerpt (from print edition)
Mask Market by Andrew VachssMask Market
Pantheon, 2006 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2008 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2007 (mass market paperback)
Brilliance Audio, 2006 (audiobook)
Thorndike Press, 2007 (large print)
Pantheon, 2006 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)
Down Here, a Burke novel by Andrew Vachss

Down Here
Knopf, 2004 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2005 (trade paperback)
Knopf, 2004 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)

Only Child by Andrew VachssOnly Child
Knopf, 2002 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2003 (trade paperback)
Knopf, 2002 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)
Pain Management by Andrew Vachss Pain Management
Knopf, 2001 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2002 (trade paperback)
Knopf, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)
Dead and Gone by Andrew VachssDead and Gone
Knopf, 2000 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2001 (trade paperback)
Knopf, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)
Choice of Evil by Andrew VachssChoice of Evil
Knopf, 1999 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2000 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)
Safe House by Andrew VachssSafe House
Knopf, 1998 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1999 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)
False Allegations by Andrew VachssFalse Allegations
Knopf, 1996 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1997 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Footsteps of the Hawk by Andrew VachssFootsteps of the Hawk
Knopf, 1995 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1996 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Down in the Zero by Andrew VachssDown in the Zero
Knopf, 1994 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1995 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Sacrifice by Andrew VachssSacrifice
Knopf, 1991 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1996 (trade paperback)
Ivy, 1992 (mass market paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)
Blossom by Andrew VachssBlossom
Knopf, 1990 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1996 (trade paperback)
Ivy, 1991 (mass market paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Hard Candy by Andrew VachssHard Candy
Knopf, 1989 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1995 (trade paperback)
NAL, 1990 (mass market paperback)
Included in Omnibus Edition, Part III
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Blue Belle by Andrew VachssBlue Belle
Knopf, 1988 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1995 (trade paperback)
NAL, 1990 (mass market paperback)
Included in Omnibus Edition, Part II
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Strega by Andrew VachssStrega
Knopf, 1987 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1996 (trade paperback)
NAL, 1988 (mass market paperback)
Included in Omnibus Edition, Part I
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Flood by Andrew VachssFlood
Donald I. Fine, 1985 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1997 (trade paperback)
Pocketbooks, 1986 (mass market paperback)
Knopf, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Excerpt (from print edition)



Stand-Alone Novels

That's How I Roll, a novel by Andrew Vachss

"Born of a supremely abusive father and his own sister, Esau Till is trouble from day one—a self–taught explosives expert and hired killer for rival mobs who ends up on death row. He's also seriously smart, while younger brother Tory is a little slow. This book unfolds as Esau's effort to tell his life story in a bid to protect Tory after his own death. A lawyer who represents children exclusively, Vachss writes raw, eye-opening works that deserve our attention." —Library Journal

Around here, even dying can be hard. Horribly hard. Only death itself comes easy. By easy, I mean frequent. Death happens so often that people regard it pretty much the same as the never–ending rain.

When life itself is hard, you have to be hard to live. Even a bitch will cull one of her own pups if she doesn't think he's going to be tough enough—she knows she's only got but so much milk, and there's none to waste.

Survival isn't some skill we learned—it's in all our genes. Nobody needed to be told to step aside when they saw the Beast coming. But not everyone stepped fast enough.

There's rock slides. Floods, too. Those are natural phenomena. You live here, you expect them. But just because a man's found under tons of rock, or floating in the river, doesn't mean his death was due to natural causes.

Folks drink a lot. Wives get beaten something fierce. Some of those wives can shoot pretty good. And some of their husbands never think it can happen to them, even when they're sleeping off a drunk.

There's supposed to be good and bad in everyone. Probably is. But here, it's the bad in you that's more often the most useful.

Like the difference between climate and weather. Most folks around here don't view a killing as good or bad—just something that happens, like a flood or a fire.

That's why a whole lot of bodies never get viewed at all.

For a man like me, this is a good part of the country to do my work. I take pride in the quality of my work, but I never deceive myself that every death at my hands is justified, never mind righteous or noble.

I never saw myself as ... much of anything, really. Just a crippled, cornered rat, trying to protect my little brother with whatever I can.

Pantheon, March 20, 2012
Dreamscape (audio), March 20, 2012

The weight by Andrew Vachss The Weight
Pantheon, 2010 (hardcover)
Pantheon, 2010 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance, 2010 (audiobook)
Vintage, November 01, 2011 (trade ppbk)
Haiku by Andrew Vachss Haiku
Pantheon, 2009 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2010 (trade paperback)
Brilliance, 2009 (audiobook)
Thorndike Press, 2010 (large-print)
available in eBook format, with the bonus "Underground" script, from Amazon.com, BN.com, and Sony
Two Trains Running by Andrew VachssTwo Trains Running
Pantheon, 2005 (hardcover)
Vintage, 2006 (trade paperback)
Random House Audio, 2005 (audiobook)
Random House, 2005 (large print)
Random House, 2005 (eBook/Kindle)
The Getaway Man by Andrew Vachss

The Getaway Man
Vintage, 2003 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2003 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance, Dec. 01, 2011 (audiobook)
Excerpt (from print edition)

Shella by Andrew VachssShella
Knopf, 1993 (hardcover)
Vintage, 1994 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)
Brilliance, October 25, 2011 (audiobook)
A Bomb Built in Hell, by Andrew VachssA Bomb Built in Hell
Vintage, November 13, 2012 (trade paperback)
Dreamscape, November 13, 2012 (audiobook)
Andrew Vachss' pre-Burke novel, written in 1973. Get the full explanation here.





Short Story Collections

All Short Story Collection covers shown below are the trade paperback editions, in the "Stage III" design developed especially as a Vachss trademark by the publishing house.


read excerpts and stories here

Click on the links or thumbnail images to view covers.


All covers shown below are the trade paperback editions, in the "Stage III" design developed especially as a Vachss trademark by the publishing house.

Born Bad by Andrew Vachss

Born Bad
Vintage, 1994 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)

Everybody Pays by Andrew VachssEverybody Pays
Vintage, 1999 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2001 (eBook/Kindle)

Mortal Lock by Andrew VachssMortal Lock
Vintage, 2013 (trade paperback)
Vintage, 2013 (eBook/Kindle)

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The written work of Andrew Vachss has been published/translated in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.

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