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Terminal (Burke Novels (Paperback)) Paperback – December 2, 2008
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The basic plot has already been described accurately enough. Burke is going through the motions, attending to his usual schemes and scams, but gaining no real satisfaction from his successes. He's back in New York and his family is there for him, as always, but Burke seems struck by a sense of impending...not loss, exactly, but perhaps sadness, as he observes the Family Pride at Flower's academic achievements, even as he shares them, remembering the day her parents met, so long ago.
Terry, too, is now a grown man, struggling to accept the idea of commencing with his own life, as he fears his future will bring him further away from his own mother and father, even while understanding that this is what they *want* for him -- a life of his own, outside the shadows.
The Prof has Clarence; the Mole has Michelle; Max has Immaculata, and while Burke loves them all, and rejoices in their closeness with one another, Burke himself is all alone. Thoughts of Belle and Pansy haunt him, as does his knowledge that he's blown his last chance with prosecutor Wolfe, and he finds (to his own surprise) that the events which took place in Vachss' last Burke book, _Mask Market_, have affected him profoundly.
This is the state of mind Burke is in when contacted by Claw, the terminally-ill, high-ranking member of a White Supremacist group with ties to another member of Burke's family-of-choice, Silver, who Burke fans will remember from other novels.Read more ›
Over the years, as I have read each and every one of his books, I have consistently wished that the work of Andrew Vachss really was more fictional and less real. When he wrote about Internet porn, years before "regular people" were aware of this horrendous and lucrative criminal enterprise, he was called "over-the-top," and accused of a wild and sick imagination. If only those accusations were correct.
I wish I didn't know so much about the evil that (mostly) men do, and I wish that I could join in the ill-informed chorus that accuses Vachss's novels of being "over-the-top." It would be a better world if he were inventing this stuff, but he is not.
Each of Andrew Vachss' novels has required a combination of skill and courage. Because he relies so heavily on unpleasant, unthinkable truth, he is guaranteed to draw fire from bad people who perpetuate these evils, and otherwise good people who simply don't want to believe that they exist. But ignorance is not bliss; ignorance harms children. The telling of hard truths has always been the hallmark of our greatest thinkers, and they are almost always vilified. Later, when the entertainers who bring us our news confirm the unthinkable, too slowly they are believed.Read more ›
When he's not writing bestselling fiction about these two potentially stomach-turning subjects, he's practicing law to save kids from these predators and put those predators away for ever. In some ways, in real life Vachss is an even larger hero than his iconic hijacker/gunman/profiler, Burke.
Vachss has been writing these novels since FLOOD was published in 1985, and I've been reading them since I found the paperback in 1986. TERMINAL, this year's release, is the 17th in the series.
I love Burke. He's a hardened criminal with no remorse in him for people he takes advantage of. He usually operates cons, selling information that's no good or forgeries to people who intend to use it for evil pursuits. Burke justifies it, and I've always bought into his justification, though I wouldn't do it myself. He was raised and mistreated by the State, in institutions as well as foster homes. He never had a chance and he knows it. He still doesn't have one. So he lives his life in the shadows, and that provides a vicarious thrill that I haven't gotten over even twenty-plus years later.
He's also got a "family" of other people who were just as broken as he was, yet who refused to roll over and die. There's Max the Silent, a deaf and dumb Mongolian martial arts master who is immediate death to anyone that he's decided must die. The Prof is the black con man who taught Burke how to survive in prison, then on the streets. The Mole is a Jewish techno-wizard, a savant with anything electrical or explosive.Read more ›
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I have every single Burke novel, they are a great read-I am sad that I finished the series.Published 16 months ago by Michelle Almonte-Kaplan
Vachss is a fantastic and descriptive writer. His Burke novels are wonderful, engaging and thrilling. I hope they keep on coming forever!!Published on July 9, 2014 by Jenn RW
This is a poorly written quasi science fiction collection of disjointed mumbo jumbo. I read one of his early books which was very good, and assumed his other books would be... Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by William D. Funk
Ordered these for my husband upon his request. He said they were great reads and he really enjoyed them. He recommends themPublished on August 27, 2013 by Pam
If one were to mix the detective skills of Phillip Marlowe, the clear vision of Malcolm X, the ruthlessness of Kublai Khan with the social commentary of Carlos Mencia you will get... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by YoyoMitch
Not the best of the Burke novels, but they way he goes in to so much back story is really brilliant. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Mark Hodson