By Andrew Vachss
The idyllic facade of a small coastal vacationer magnet hides its secrets and techniques good. but if the shining big name pitcher of the girls' softball group weapons down the most well-liked boy in class, the shockwaves reverberate a ways past the school's partitions. within the wake of the killing, of the town's more recent citizens flip over deeply embedded rocks, exposing a lifestyle of virtually unbelievable horror lurking beneath.
Formerly a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, Dolly has develop into a defender and confidante to dozens of neighborhood teenage women, and she or he refuses to simply accept that MaryLou ("Mighty Mary") McCoy's gunning down Cameron Taft in a highschool hallway is a regular college capturing. even if MaryLou's guilt isn't in doubt--it's even captured at the school's safety camera--the woman insists on an ordeal . . . yet inexplicably refuses to cooperate along with her personal safety. Enlisting her troupe of childrens and the neighborhood contacts she has cemented, Dolly calls on all of her assets to get to the reality . . . and to no matter what mystery MaryLou is guarding.
When Dolly's husband, Dell, sees his liked spouse start her quest, he instantly indicators on. A former mercenary and ex-Legionnaire, Dell treats this "job" as he may any other--with no obstacles. His whole arsenal is placed into play: guile, extortion, monitoring units, shadow networks, and, eventually, an act of terrorism that blows the canopy off the soul-killing ceremony of passage demanded of the town's such a lot susceptible women. Dell's discovery of MaryLou's precise purpose and the community's stunning failure to guard its youngsters culminates in a call to place town itself on trial. The explosive verdict blows away the facade . . . and forces the village to face in judgment of itself. The aftershocks preserve coming until eventually the root itself fractures, leaving cracks too deep to patch ever back.
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Commerce today, not sex. “I’m sure you would,” she said. Carver had an erection. ” Carver ran his palm over his bald pate, as if arranging nonexistent hair. ” There was a distant click and a low whirring sound. The central air-conditioning unit kicking in to begin its day’s valiant effort of holding the heat at bay. It was a long war that one summer would end with a burned-out fan motor or broken-down compressor; the heat would prevail. Cool air from the vent wafted over Carver’s legs. “I just remembered, I passed Desoto’s car yesterday on the coast highway,” Edwina said.
Carver decided to be direct. ” “ ‘Probably’ isn’t enough, amigo. But even if Sam’s death came when it was ordained, he was still convinced something wasn’t right about the place. ” “It’s normal you should feel that way,” Carver said. “Normal? There’s a word shouldn’t be tossed around. ” “Maybe,” Desoto said. He flashed his sad white smile. ” Carver didn’t like the idea. In his grief, Desoto was probably more suspicious than he should be, searching for reason in a random universe. Old people could get the way he’d described Sam Cusanelli.
In the sudden silence, palm fronds rattled in the warm breeze, speaking an old and indecipherable language. He got out of the car, set the tip of his cane in the lot’s bleached gravel, and limped toward the nearest of the tinted cubes. A transparent door was barely discernible as the entrance. Its copper tint gave back Carver’s reflection as he approached: a slightly crooked, featureless man with a cane, struggling in glaring two dimension. The heat from the gently inclined pale concrete ramp to the door radiated through the thin leather soles of his moccasins.
Aftershock (Aftershock, Book 1) by Andrew Vachss