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.
"...[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)
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Vachss hits a solid triple
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.
- Sara R.
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