After a life in various war zones, Dell and Dolly have settled in this town, fulfilling Dolly's lifelong dream. Though she has given up her nursing career and moved smoothly into civilian life, Dell had been a mercenary, so they both have to sacrifice their prior identities. When the star of the girls' softball team shoots and kills the most popular boy in school, Dolly asks Dell to uncover the motive behind this inexplicable crime. It doesn't take him long to uncover a horrifying rite of passage. The pitcher's guilt is not in doubt, yet she deserves a trial, so Dell and Dolly must put together a defense. What they discover culminates in a decision to put the town itself on trial.
©2013 Andrew Vachss (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"...[Dell] could give Dirty Harry a run for his money." (Kirkus Reviews)
"...readers will stick with the story, and the series, because the steadfast, relentless Dell, with his uncompromising morality, commands attention." (Publishers Weekly)
"Razor-edged and compulsively readable..." (Library Journal)
The story was well developed and had a very tantalizing back story.
I don't think anyone else writes like Vachss. There were some parallels to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series, but only because the subject matter covered some similar ground; built in system of violence against women.
The flash backs to when the protagonist and his partner met.
A very well done story. The characters were interesting and the timeline flowed very well.
I have read several of the Burke series, but this one simply has too many holes in it.
Serial killings, child rape, and mercenary torture, and there's never one mention of the police and any such action they may be taking against these events.
It's like Dell simply operates in a vacuum, with no other outside influences from the city or community that he lives in.
No mention of these events in the newspaper or TV. Like no one knows anything is happening except for Dell!
Very good voice acting overall, appropriate to the genre and characters. But the French ... I have never heard such atrociously pronounced French in my life. Beyond painful- it was incomprehensible.
I would definitely listen to Aftershock again and again. It reminds me of Hard Candy by Vachss which I read over a decade and a half ago. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Thanks again Andrew, the children of the secret are still reading and listening!
Hard Candy, Sacrifice, Flood, Shella, and Strega. All Vachss books written with love and razor blades in equal parts.
Phil and Natalie were exemplary in their depiction of Vachss's book of characters that are so tightly wound that they would snap in two like a wood board if their burden was any heavier. Phil and Natalie were absolutely 100% authentic in their smooth depiction of Andrew's work. I would love to hear another Vachss novel that was read by these two.
My tag line for a film of this book would be Aftershock . . . grabs you by the short hairs and does not let go!
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
I love N. ross and P Gigante, so I purchased this book. Not sure if I like Andrew Vachss as the book started out very dark. Subject very different...I did not realize this was not a romance story. Anything but, and it turned out to be a good listen
when the "big boyfriend" practices his testimony
Lots of thoughts came from listening this story. the youth of today!!
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