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A woman seeks a Polaroid taken for a child porn collector because the child victim wants to see it destroyed. She hires the paranoid, jerk private detective named Burke. You really get the sense Vachss knows the world he’s writing about, from the therapists working with kids who have had horrible things done to them, to the lawyers advocating on their behalf, to the runaways hustling on the streets of NYC. It all rings true, even if Vachss gets a little carried away with his noir tough-guy prose. In the end, it’s another piece of social activism disguised as revenge fantasy. Written in the 1980s; 2nd in a series.
As for the narrator, he was kind of offensive with his stereotyped readings of black and Asian characters in the first book but he tones it down here. He gets Burke perfect.
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I read reviews of this book on another website b/c there were no reviews for it on Audible. The "publisher's summary" made this book sound so intriguing, gritty, suspenseful, etc. My evaluation is that the synopsis is better written than the actual book, and it definitely was NOT as intriguing, gritty and suspenseful as I had been led to believe it would be. Needless to say, I was HIGHLY disappointed. I was looking for a new murder mystery series to get into, but unfortunately this will not be the one. I will admit that I didn't make it to Part 2, but I did get most of the way through Part 1. I feel I gave it a fair chance to pick up, and pick up it did not.
I'm not one to give up on a book, whether reading or listening, but when getting through the book becomes a chore rather than an enjoyment, it has to go.
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