Monday, August 21, 2017

Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss

Unabridged Audio Version
I listened to the unabridged audiobook edition of Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss on compact disc and narrated by Phil Gigante.

Listening time for Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss is 7 hours, 19 minutes.

Hard Candy is the first novel I've read or listened to that Andrew Vachss has written. Hard Candy is a thriller that could be easily classified as a gritty noir... Hard Candy is also the fourth novel in the 'Burke Series'. 

I personally found Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss to be a bit difficult to get into initially. I also felt this novel was a bit dated as it mentions using things like pay phones and listening to cassette tapes. Otherwise it was a decent read.

The best part of listening to Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss was having Phil Gigante as a narrator for this novel!! It was a definite plus for sure as Phil Gigante is fabulous at doing different voices for the various characters in the novel.

The following is a plot summary for Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss from Audible:
In this mercilessly compelling thriller, Burke - the private eye, sting artist, and occasional hit man who metes out a cruelly ingenious vengeance on those who victimize children - is up against a soft-spoken messiah who may be rescuing runaways or recruiting them for his own hideous purposes. But in doing so, Burke becomes a target for an entire Mafia family, a whore with a heart of cyanide, and a contract killer as implacable as a heart-seeking missile. Written with Vachss' signature narrative overdrive - and with his unnerving familiarity with the sub-basement of American crime - Hard Candy is vintage Burke.
I am giving Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!


  1. Too bad you didn't like this one. When was it published?

    1. This novel was published in 1989, which I didn't realize at the time.