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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Vachss Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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Ho was a revered sensei, but when his dismissive arrogance caused the death of a beloved student, he renounced not only his possessions but also his role as master, and now roams the streets in search of a way to atone. Drawn by his presence, a group forms around him: Michael, an addicted gambler who has lost everything, including himself; Ranger, a Vietnam veteran with a tenuous grip on reality; Lamont, a once-fearless street-gang warlord turned hopeless alcoholic; Target, a relentless clanger who speaks only by echoing the sounds of others; and Brewster, an obsessive collector of hardboiled paperbacks he stashes in an abandoned building that even vermin avoid.

Late one night, Michael spots a woman in a white Rolls-Royce throwing something into the river. Convinced that the woman is a perfect blackmail target, he attempts to recruit the others to search for her. But news that Brewster's library is slated for demolition turns this halfhearted effort into a serious mission to find the ultimate problem-solver: money, and with it a new home for Brewster's precious collection.

Each frantic knock opens another barred door as the building's destruction draws nearer. And the answers to each man's questions trigger shocking explosions that hit you with all the visceral power we have come to expect from this fierce and dynamic writer. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsena Dufresne | 2/18/2014

    " A slim book about a ragtag group of homeless men who have each other's backs in a way that family often doesn't. Their adventures are intriguing, as is their approach to finding solutions for one another's problems. The book starts slow (too much telling), but it kept me engaged throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander Gagin | 2/6/2014

    " I was listening in Audiobook and stopped somewhere in the first third as fake Japanese accent really spoils the experience. It's ok when some roles are read in fake accent, but it's not good when it's the main text that goes this way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hart D. | 2/5/2014

    " hated this fucking book so bad I threw it across the room and never picked it up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Jeffrey | 2/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed the Burke series and hoped for more from this book, but was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viccy | 1/17/2014

    " An unnamed sensei leaves his dojo behind to live on the streets after a young student is murdered. He had told her she was ready to take on her enemies, but little did he know Chica's reality. He meets a band of street living veterans and becomes their mentor. They call him Ho, for Ho Chi Minh, even though he is Japanese. Everyone in this group is deeply damaged: Mchael, a stock broker, who lost it all by gambling; Lamont, a former gang member turned celebrity poet; Brewster, an explosive psychotic who sells his meds; Target, who can only talk in four word bursts, and Ranger, a Vietnam Veteran. They begin to pursue a mystery involving a Rolls Royce, but that storyline is lost in trying to save Brewster's book collection. I still want to know what happened with the Rolls. This band of brothers is compelling and touching, however, and the reader cares deeply what happens to them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Dalton | 1/12/2014

    " Haiku tells the story of a group of homeless men who have found a family with each other: a Vietnam vet, a former Wall Street guru, a schizophrenic, a gangster, a martial arts master and an insane man. The book is very harsh, dealing with the realities of street life in NYC. It is also written in short snippets, which I found a bit disconcerting. It was a challenging book to read on more than one level, but I do feel that I gained something from it. Not sure I'd recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Gray | 1/2/2014

    " I thought this lacked the edge that most of other work has. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 11/11/2013

    " Terrible book! For Christmas my son got to choose a book for me and this is what he chose. I had to read it because he was so excited about his choice. I do not recommend this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 10/26/2013

    " Another Burke book, just a different cast. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 6/22/2013

    " I tried, I really did, but this didn't hit the mark for me. I appreciate the the glowing reviews by others and had great expectations, however I didn't connect with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Jenkins | 5/30/2013

    " Love this author's books - this doesn't rank up as my all time favorite but is definitely worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederic | 4/21/2013

    " Vachss has Gone To The Well once too often...the Burke novels grew tedious and repetitious and "Haiku" simply changes the character names which isn't enough to encourage any but the most devout fans... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 4/13/2013

    " It was no Burke but it was nice to see Vachss exploring some new territory while still maintaining his essence. I felt like it needn't some more development - like it was more of a glorified short story as opposed to a full length novel. that is why only the three stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Pluck | 3/26/2013

    " A fine and compelling tale but not as gripping as Vachss's others like Shella or Getaway Man. He crafts a fine character in "Ho," but the end is unsatisfying and a bit pat. I'd read more about these characters, for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel Roberts | 1/20/2013

    " i can't figure out what this book is or is supposed to be. it's not "crime fiction" (as labeled on the book cover). it's not action, adventure, or suspense. in any case i think the plot is a total mess, and only a few interesting characters save this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 11/7/2012

    " More complicated than Vachss' other novels, which themselves are fairly complicated, and with less purpose other than perhaps to demonstrate the author's understandings of the dark side. I did like the haiku verse at the end, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam Engel | 8/29/2012

    " So far it is pretty good. Very intricate. Sometimes hard to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 12/21/2011

    " Finished "Haiku: A Novel" by Andrew Vachss. I really liked this story of a group of homeless who are drawn together from vastly different places. On the other hand, the main character, Ho, reminded me of Sphinx from Mystery Men, so I found comedy in places where it wasn't intended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Richardson | 10/11/2011

    " Until about 40 pages 'til the end, I hated this book. I wasn't interested in any of the characters. I didn't like Andrew Vachss' writing style. I almost stopped reading. Somehow everything wrapped up really nicely and by the time I had finished the book, I had completely changed my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Hicks | 8/15/2011

    " It offered tremendous insight on the value of different persons pursue value in life and handle relations with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 5/12/2011

    " This is a great read. Loved the story & the storyteller chosen for it. Great perspective. Challenges you like every Vachss' book does. Gives you a lot to think about subtly while giving you the best crime fiction around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 4/28/2011

    " Finished "Haiku: A Novel" by Andrew Vachss. I really liked this story of a group of homeless who are drawn together from vastly different places. On the other hand, the main character, Ho, reminded me of Sphinx from Mystery Men, so I found comedy in places where it wasn't intended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/20/2011

    " I'm a long time fan of this author, and this story has everything I have loved about his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/2/2010

    " At times the writing in this book glimmers like a knife while playing with existential meaning. Writing is inconsistant, though premise and plot line are interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/21/2010

    " I really enjoyed the Burke series and hoped for more from this book, but was disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 6/7/2010

    " I thought this lacked the edge that most of other work has. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherril | 6/1/2010

    " Vachss says this book is another trojan horse, but I don't think it will be nearly ahs effective as the child abuse ones were... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 5/11/2010

    " It offered tremendous insight on the value of different persons pursue value in life and handle relations with others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rcharbon | 5/6/2010

    " Another Burke book, just a different cast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 3/5/2010

    " A fine and compelling tale but not as gripping as Vachss's others like Shella or Getaway Man. He crafts a fine character in "Ho," but the end is unsatisfying and a bit pat. I'd read more about these characters, for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederic | 2/24/2010

    " Vachss has Gone To The Well once too often...the Burke novels grew tedious and repetitious and "Haiku" simply changes the character names which isn't enough to encourage any but the most devout fans... "

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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.