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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Vachss Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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With the Prof clinging to life in an underground hospital facility, a man named Pryce shows up to make Burke an offer: professional care for the Prof and a clean slate for everyone in his family in return for Burke's services. Even though Pryce is a merciless man, never to be completely trusted, Burke knows he has only one choice, so he takes the job.

Pryce tells Burke about a Saudi prince that liked to take his two-year-old son out with him during his sexual exploits in the seedier parts of the city. Then the son was kidnapped, right out from under the prince's grimy hands. The job was professionally done; the leads aren't cold; they're dead. If word were to get out, the prince would be disgraced and the U.S. would lose a valuable business partner. But Burke isn't in it for the prince, Pryce, or the political brass that stand to be tarnished by one man's despicable behavior. He is in it for himself, his family, and a child he hopes to save.

To find the child Burke must walk deep into an international terrorist network and use some of the oldest connections of his long career, because after this job there is a new life awaiting him, and it looks like he is going to try and get it. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Ward | 2/19/2014

    " Another Life (Burke #18) by Andrew Vachss (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)(fiction - mystery)is another better Burke novel. A Saudi prince aged two is kidnapped from his father's side - and Burke can't figure out who kidnapped the child or why. Things might not be as they appear in Burke's world. A side story which opened the book involved the Prophet being terribly wounded in a shooting and esconsed in a private off-the-books medical facility. Another side story represents the first time someone (Clarence) voluntarily left the family on good terms and still alive! 6.8/10, finished 6/15/11. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Craig | 2/19/2014

    " In the final novel of the Burke series, Andrew Vachss falls a little short. I had hoped Burke, a quintessential conflicted anti-hero, would go out with a bang... not a whimper. However, Vachss delivers a solid finale. It's well worth the read simply to be able to say goodbye to all of the characters you've grown to love over all these years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 2/3/2014

    " The end of an era but maybe that is okay. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JD | 2/2/2014

    " Vacchs has some great one-liners and knows how to turn a phrase, but unfortunately these strengths are unable to mask the fact that this book is damn near unreadable. The excessive topical references and soon-to-be-outdated tech-savvy will forever freeze "Another Life" in 2008. Disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/31/2014

    " This was not the best Burke novel, but it gets five stars out of nostalgia. The glimpses into Burke's past were touching and this book brought the series to a natural close. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/19/2014

    " Sad to see Burke go, but it was a satisfactory ending to this excellent series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Evangelista | 1/18/2014

    " As with many series, it is difficult to say whether the pleasure comes from the experience of visiting with an old friend or from the quality of the book itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/15/2014

    " The last of the Burke novels and while not the best (since when does Burke reference Buffy the Vampire Slayer) tis still sad to say goodbye to such an interesting man and the family he chose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 11/6/2013

    " It was clear where some of the events were going (for example, who was responsible for the kidnapping), and Vachss shoehorns in just about everyone he's ever mentioned in the Burke books (not Strega, though). For all that, I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/17/2013

    " bittersweet...it's satisfying and sad all at the same time to finish the 18th and final book of a series. love that burke. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Hicks | 10/9/2013

    " This my favourite Crime author and I've read all of his books. As this being another Burke novel I'm sure it will be as good as the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blackbook | 9/13/2013

    " This is the last Burke novel. I have loved this series about a rogue investigator, anti child abuse vigilante. This is not his best book but I will miss him and his particular subgenre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 7/16/2013

    " too many threads "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 7/6/2013

    " I always have to read an Andrew Vachss book a couple of times before I catch it all. Guess I like the challenge. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/30/2013

    " Excellent end to an awesome series and all I can say is Good bye Burke you will be missed. Andrew Vachss is for me the best "True Crime Fiction" author out here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 4/22/2013

    " Reads well, as always. Plot in this one, not so well-built. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 6/22/2012

    " I had a hard time getting into the book at first, seemed slow and hard to follow, but as it progressed it got better and better. Not the best Vachss book I have read, but a darn good read. Finally we learn some history of the characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/4/2012

    " I found this to be an ill-fitting end to an amazing character. However, many of the previous favorites are there. However, there was too much naval gazing and too little action for my tastes. Vachss usually strikes a balance in his novels, but it's clear he was ready to be done with Mr. Burke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Schumacher-rasmussen | 2/11/2012

    " Like the concept; hate the execution. Vacchs' dialog and prose, always borderline noir parody, is almost intolerable in this one. Too bad, since I love Safe House and Dead and Gone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/7/2012

    " Bye bye, Baby Boy Burke. I'll miss you and the Family. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 RunRachelRun | 9/17/2011

    " "Read" is a lie - couldn't read it, couldn't get past Chapter 1 in fact. Sorry. I don't know why but the language, the rhythm, - just ugh. It got a good review from someone at the NYT, or so it says on the back cover. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delma | 7/9/2011

    " I was really disappointed with this book . I am a huge Andrew Vachss fan but I can't give this a better review, Burke deserved a better ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/1/2011

    " I really like the Burke books, but I have to say that his writing style has me spending a lot of time wondering what he's talking about. He also quotes his old books way too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/29/2011

    " Sad to see Burke go, but it was a satisfactory ending to this excellent series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/1/2011

    " I found this to be an ill-fitting end to an amazing character. However, many of the previous favorites are there. However, there was too much naval gazing and too little action for my tastes. Vachss usually strikes a balance in his novels, but it's clear he was ready to be done with Mr. Burke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 11/9/2010

    " I had a hard time getting into the book at first, seemed slow and hard to follow, but as it progressed it got better and better. Not the best Vachss book I have read, but a darn good read. Finally we learn some history of the characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 8/18/2010

    " I really like the Burke books, but I have to say that his writing style has me spending a lot of time wondering what he's talking about. He also quotes his old books way too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/21/2010

    " Not a bad book, or a badly written one, but not one that was really to my taste, for the same reasons as the last Vachss I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherril | 6/1/2010

    " I've read all of the Burke series (and most of the stand alones) and this is the end of it all.

    And they all lived happily ever after. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/14/2010

    " bittersweet...it's satisfying and sad all at the same time to finish the 18th and final book of a series. love that burke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/21/2010

    " The last of the Burke novels and while not the best (since when does Burke reference Buffy the Vampire Slayer) tis still sad to say goodbye to such an interesting man and the family he chose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 11/19/2009

    " It was clear where some of the events were going (for example, who was responsible for the kidnapping), and Vachss shoehorns in just about everyone he's ever mentioned in the Burke books (not Strega, though). For all that, I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rcharbon | 10/6/2009

    " Reads well, as always. Plot in this one, not so well-built. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Livius | 8/11/2009

    " The 18th and final book in the Burke series. Sadly these have become a bit formulaic and tiresome. Not recommended to anyone who hasn't read the first 17 :) but, if you're looking for hard-boiled gritty crime fiction Burke is definitely your man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 RunRachelRun | 6/24/2009

    " "Read" is a lie - couldn't read it, couldn't get past Chapter 1 in fact. Sorry. I don't know why but the language, the rhythm, - just ugh. It got a good review from someone at the NYT, or so it says on the back cover. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scotchneat | 6/10/2009

    " Not my style of detective novel - disjointed writing and a very staccato version of what philosophical thugs are meant to be.

    Never really got into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 6/3/2009

    " As with many series, it is difficult to say whether the pleasure comes from the experience of visiting with an old friend or from the quality of the book itself. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Vachss

Andrew Vachss is a lawyer who represents children and youths exclusively. His many books include the Burke series and two collections of short stories, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, and the New York Times, among other publications. A native New Yorker, he divides his time between the city of his birth and the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.