cover image Blossom


Andrew H. Vachss. Ivy Books, $5.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-8041-0751-8

Burke, a tough ex-con who ruthlessly tracks criminals, makes his fifth appearance here as he investigates several sex-related murders in an Indiana town. ``Many scenes are uncomfortably graphic and intense in themselves; their cumulative effect is extraordinarily powerful,'' said PW. ``Vachss is responsible for some of the grittiest crime fiction written today.'' (July)