By Andrew Vachss

The idyllic facade of a small coastal vacationer magnet hides its secrets and techniques good. but if the shining superstar pitcher of the girls' softball group weapons down the preferred 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 just about unbelievable horror lurking beneath.

Formerly a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, Dolly has turn into a defender and confidante to dozens of neighborhood teenage women, and he or she refuses to just accept that MaryLou ("Mighty Mary") McCoy's gunning down Cameron Taft in a highschool hallway is a regular college capturing. even though MaryLou's guilt isn't really in doubt--it's even captured at the school's safeguard camera--the lady insists on an ordeal . . . yet inexplicably refuses to cooperate along with her personal security. Enlisting her troupe of children 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 barriers. His whole arsenal is placed 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 weak women. Dell's discovery of MaryLou's actual rationale 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 maintain coming till the root itself fractures, leaving cracks too deep to patch ever back.

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It means Little Rose, which is kind of sweet, but imagine naming someone Little Rose in English. It would sound like she was an Indian. Or like her mother’s name was Rose, too. ” Jesus, Keller thought. “Anyway, the police have been here for hours, and they’ve been letting people come and go. ” But he’d already been there. Why would he want to go back? Four “Room One forty-seven,” he told Dot. “My original room. ” “They checked in but they never checked out,” she said. “Where were you staying, Keller?

Keller was willing to believe the paintings weren’t just about trees—they were about light and form and color and arrangement, and they might even be about what Niswander claimed they were about— but the trees weren’t there by accident. You couldn’t paint them like that unless you honest-to-God knew what a tree was all about. ” “You can imagine it,” Keller said. “Now that’s very interesting,” she said, and he turned and looked at her. — dressed all in black. Baggy black sweater and short black shirt, black panty hose and black suede slippers, a black beret concealing most of her short black hair.

There’s a cutoff man between me and the client, Keller. This particular one is a guy in—well, it doesn’t matter where, but it’s not Louisville and it’s not New York. ” She gestured toward the ceiling, and Keller understood the reference to the old man, who’d never come down from the second floor in the final years of his life. You’d think he was up there still, the way they referred to him. “So he knows where to send the money,” she said, “and the client knows how to get it to him. No business of ours how much of it stays with him, as long as we get our price.

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