フラッド (ハヤカワ・ミステリ文庫) 文庫 – 1994/9
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Short review: Read it.
Andrew Vachss is a must buy, must read author. His "Burke" series is excellent. This compelling stand-alone is easy to follow. No editing errors, gratuitous violence or drag-you-down drama.
Intriguing storyline with descriptive writing that draws the reader into each scene. Realistic procedures, actions and reactions. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking, informative and memorable dialogue.
I am very glad Mr. Vachss' works are available on Kindle. I will re-read this story and always look forward to his works.
This is a story about several denizens who do what it takes to survive and sometimes thrive in this environment. Reader's who didn't experience Times Square in the 80's don't realize that it really was a comic book atmosphere. Anything and everything was available there. The local characters were caricatures. Hookers and pimps wore those clothes and talked that way. Pimps drove those cars.
The main character, a private eye named Burke, survived foster homes, juvenile detention and prison in order to graduate to the mean streets of NYC. It is home to him and he metes out justice according to his own code. Think of Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis in SIN CITY. Bigger than life characters who have to slug it out with the worst of the worst to maintain some semblance of balance where they live. Fast-paced, entertaining and it comes with the guilty and satisfying feeling of well-eaned revenge. Just don't expect it to be more than it is.
Burke is an interesting character surrounded by interesting supporting characters. As the plot unfolds, author Vachss feeds out tasty tidbits of background information on Burke and his friends, who are actively engaged in helping him. The plot is interesting and flows well. It is not a who-dunnit type of story; it's more the tracking down and finding the largely faceless criminal, setting up for a climactic conclusion. As this is the first novel in a series starring Burke, some of the characters don't feel fully formed or as logically consistent in their role as they likely will in later novels. For example, one of the characters "Mole" is portrayed as a genius that lives in a bunker, and doesn't mix with people much. However, he's able to get just about anything you want and go out in the city to fix/break/create whatever you need. This doesn't fit the role of a recluse in my mind, particularly as he'd need to regularly interact a lot with people both to be able to get these things and to do the necessary work. I like the character, but he doesn't feel like he's been fine-tuned yet. (This is not uncommon for first novels in a series; it often takes an author a few novels to comfortably fill-in his world.)
Overall, I was entertained and interested enough in Burke to order the next few books in the series, to see how things go. If you like novels about the grittier side of the street, give this one a read. Four stars.