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 staff weapons down the preferred boy in class, the shockwaves reverberate a long way 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 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 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 customary university taking pictures. even supposing MaryLou's guilt isn't really in doubt--it's even captured at the school's protection camera--the lady insists on an ordeal . . . yet inexplicably refuses to cooperate along with her personal safeguard. 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 loved spouse commence her quest, he instantly symptoms on. A former mercenary and ex-Legionnaire, Dell treats this "job" as he might any other--with no barriers. 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 so much susceptible ladies. Dell's discovery of MaryLou's precise cause and the community's surprising failure to guard its childrens 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 maintain coming until eventually the basis itself fractures, leaving cracks too deep to patch ever back.
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