By Andrew Vachss
The idyllic facade of a small coastal vacationer magnet hides its secrets and techniques good. but if the shining celebrity pitcher of the girls' softball crew 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 moderen citizens flip over deeply embedded rocks, exposing a way of life of virtually incredible horror lurking beneath.
Formerly a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, Dolly has develop into a defender and confidante to dozens of neighborhood teenage ladies, and she or he refuses to simply accept that MaryLou ("Mighty Mary") McCoy's gunning down Cameron Taft in a highschool hallway is a standard college capturing. even supposing MaryLou's guilt isn't in doubt--it's even captured at the school's safety camera--the lady insists on a tribulation . . . yet inexplicably refuses to cooperate together with her personal security. Enlisting her troupe of little ones 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 loved spouse commence her quest, he instantly indicators on. A former mercenary and ex-Legionnaire, Dell treats this "job" as he could any other--with no obstacles. His complete arsenal is positioned into play: guile, extortion, monitoring units, shadow networks, and, ultimately, an act of terrorism that blows the canopy off the soul-killing ceremony of passage demanded of the town's such a lot susceptible ladies. Dell's discovery of MaryLou's real cause and the community's stunning failure to guard its teenagers 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 till the basis itself fractures, leaving cracks too deep to patch ever back.
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The teenagers, the driver—everyone—watching her make her way, just her, down the aisle. The old woman took the path that led to the old section of the cemetery, her umbrella climbing a far hill like a cartoon sun amid the dripping trees, the wet ancient stones, and Angela took the path to the newer section, with its smaller trees and its modern stone benches. She’d not been here for so long, but somehow she was calm; the markers and the grass plots and what lay beneath them did not frighten her.
But she got out. Oh God. She got out and she was trying to come home. He held his wife until she slept again, then he lay with his eyes on the ceiling DESCE NT 31 thinking about that girl in the bunker, the one who texted her mother. Her abductor thought she was just playing games on his phone. He’d kept several girls down there, eventually burying them all nearby. One girl, he said, he kept for two years; they were like husband and wife, he said. People wanted to know why. Mothers in ruin begged it of him.
No warmer inside the men’s room but at least windless, the wind whistling around the glass blocks where the caulking had pulled away. A large man in a checkerboard winter vest glanced at them and turned back to his loud pissing. Sean wheeled himself to the handicap stall and Grant said, Will you be all 40 T I M J O H N STO N right? and Sean didn’t answer, his heart rising furiously. At school was a bathroom with a blue wheelchair sign on the door and the door would swing open when you came near it with a certain kind of card, and the only people who had the card were the janitors and a boy in his class with MS and an older girl, a friend of Caitlin’s who’d broken her neck diving into a swimming pool.
Aftershock (Aftershock, Book 1) by Andrew Vachss