|About the Book|
While Burke is reeling over Belles death, hes called by someone from his past, a hooker named Candy. Candys daughter Elivira is mixed up with a cult leader named Train and its up to Burke to bring her back. Complicating matters is the fact that a hitman named Wesley is furious over Burkes killing of Mortay and wants the money he was promised by the mob. Can Burke settle things with Candy and avoid being Wesleys next victim?The Burke books get bleaker and more twisted with each passing volume. As usual, Vachss paints a dark picture of New Yorks cesspool-like underbelly of freaks and criminals. Burkes pain from Belles death was in character and well done. It was nice to see Burkes supporting cast again- Max the Silent, the Mole, the Prof, Michelle, Terry, Mama, and the rest. Hell, it was nice surprise to have Strega make an appearance. As usual, Burke had a couple of scams going and it all came together in the end.However, I couldnt justify giving this better than a three. It was good but not as pants-shittingly good as it could have been. Burke meandered for 90 pages, doing a lot of moping, until Candy finally got into touch with him. While I liked the rest of it, the first third of the book was almost painfully slow.The second 2/3rds of Hard Candy was a ripping page turner. Just be prepared for it to be a little late getting off the starting line.