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Aftershock

Vachss, Andrew H.

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Aftershock
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When the shining star of the girls' softball team shoots and kills the most popular boy in school, Dolly, friend to the local teenage girls, asks her husband Dell to uncover the true motive behind the inexplicable crime.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0307907740
9780307907745
Characteristics: 353 p. ;,25 cm.
Alternate Title: After shock

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Oct 05, 2013
  • athena14 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Readable, but:

1) Too many characters' names begin with "D"--confusing

2) Not credible that MaryLou's sexuality wouldn't be used against her by the prosecution team, no matter how inept

"Retiring to a seacoast village after a life in various war zones, French Foreign Legion-trained mercenary Dell and military nurse Dolly foster local teens before the shooting of a popular boy reveals stunning regional corruption and a brutal rite of passage imposed on vulnerable girls. By the best-selling author of the Burke series." September 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=674857

I think Andrew Vachss is the best fiction author EVER (with the possible exception of Eddie Little, who sadly OD'd after his second book came out), but Vachss' "non-Burke" books have always been a toss up. His earlier ones (Shella, *all* of his short story collections) were golden. Other, more recent novels (Haiku, Two Trains Running) reminded me of 700-page Steven King books where you can't get past the first 3 pages. Seeing as how the Vachss books in question dealt with some kind of "code of human behavior", perhaps the subtleties evaded me.
- BTW, I hope everyone recognizes what a truly amazing library system we have in the EPL! I had heard a lot about Vachss 15-20 years ago, so I checked out his first short collection, Born Bad, and became a Vachss junkie within 5 seconds. I did a little checking (limited resources - no internet), and saw that his books were (mostly) sequential. But Vachss' first novel, Flood, wasn't in the library's collection. However, the amazing employees at the EPL said, "No problem - we'll get it through our Interlibrary Loans program". And they did so VERY quickly. (BTW #2 - The EPL bought all of the "Vintage Lizard" prints & re-prints, so all of Vachss' work should be available to you!)
BTW #3 - If you're wondering why I posted this comment HERE, well, tomorrow I shall be picking up Aftershock - the latest novel from Vachss & the only one I haven't read. I figure if a "Vachss virgin" was to come across Aftershock, he might take the time to read my essay here, and take out Flood instead.

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