Only Child by Andrew Vachss
A Burke Novel (Burke Novels)

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It’s been years since Burke has been home, years since he’s seen his “family” and worked in the underbelly of New York City. Although his appearance has changed, his reputation grown dusty and his wallet thin, his skills and his crew remain razor sharp. So when he is contacted by a mob boss to investigate the murder of his illegitimate daughter, Vonni, Burke takes the job and begins searching for an unspeakably brutal killer.

Posing as a casting director looking for tomorrow’s stars, Burke reaches out to the high school students who knew Vonni, and may know the identity of the killer. Before long he unearths a perverse enterprise—a young director pursuing a brutal new type of cinema verité.


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About Andrew Vachss

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Hardboiled writer Andrew Henry Vachss was born on October 19, 1942 in New York City. He attended Case Western Reserve University and the New England School of Law. Vachss has worked in many government and law enforcement organizations, ranging from the U. S. Public Health Service to the New York City Juvenile Justice Planning Project. Vachss' work as a writer includes a series of books featuring an unlicensed private detective named Burke. Burke's appearances include Flood, Strega, Blue Belle, Hard Candy, Blossom and Sacrifice. Vachss has also written comic books and graphic novels.
 
Published October 8, 2002 by Vintage. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Everyone who operates in the dark underbelly that’s Burke’s New York has heard about him, says Giovanni, adding rather enigmatically that Burke “knows the value of things.” Burke certainly knows the monetary value of this particular thing.

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"Sherlock Holmes is dead," intones Giovanni, a New York Mafia boss who hires street criminal Burke—who's made a career of killing child murderers and molesters—to solve the murder of his illegitimate teenage daughter, Vonni.

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Burke knows it is time to come home so he packs up what little he has after living on the run and returns to New York City where he connects with Mama, Michelle and a host of old friends.

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