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Editorial Reviews

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“Andrew Vachss impresses again with his new, dark and compelling thriller.” —Largehearted Boy

“The baddest noir stylist of them all.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Razor-edged and compulsively readable, the pages fly by.” —Library Journal
 
"Disquieting but engrossing. . . . Vachss explores the horrific intersection of victims and victimizers, evil and avengers. The setting has moved from urban to small town, but the eternal conflict is as it ever was.” —Booklist 
 

Publishers Weekly
Prolific author Vachss (Another Life) introduces Dell, a graduate of the French Foreign Legion, in this compelling first in a new thriller series. Now retired from mercenary work, Dell lives with his true love, Dolly, in a small Oregon town where he spends his time taking care of his woman and killing those he considers the scum of society: deer hunters, animal torturers, and anyone who has anything to do with sex crimes against women. Thanks to his military training, he avoids getting caught. When a friend of Dolly’s, high school softball star MaryLou, walks into her school and shoots three students, killing popular athlete Cameron Taft, Dell tries to figure out why MaryLou acted as she did and in the process unearths a shocking smalltown secret. The extended section devoted to MaryLou’s murder trial threatens to tip into polemic territory, but readers will stick with the story, and the series, because the steadfast, relentless Dell, with his uncompromising morality, commands attention. (June)
Library Journal
Former French Legion mercenary Dell and his true love, Dolly, a former Doctors Without Borders nurse, have retired to an idyllic Oregon-coast resort town. Dolly's trusting demeanor means their home has become a safe house for local teens who need more nurturing. Then, shockingly, one of her young friends, MaryLou, fatally shoots Cameron, the high school hottie. Dolly begs Dell to do something. MaryLou refuses to use the insanity card, stoically remaining silent until Dell earns her trust. Using stealth, psychological experience, and pure strength—Dell is a trained killer—he unearths a secret society of teen boys and learns that there is a tacit understanding in this little town that boys will be boys and some girls will be destroyed by them. Dell and Dolly will not rest until the evil is eradicated. VERDICT This series debut from best-selling Vachss (Another Life; Blackjack) exhibits his trademark crusading tone as the vigilante hero seeks justice for wronged youth. Razor-edged and compulsively readable, the pages fly by even if the broad strokes leave you wondering later about the details. Sadly, it's topically ("ripped from the headlines") appropriate. [See Prepub Alert, 12/16/12.]
Kirkus Reviews
The creator of Burke, all-purpose noir stylist Vachss (Mortal Lock, 2013, etc.) launches a new series featuring a freelance investigator who could give Dirty Harry a run for his money. Adelbert B. Jackson is a soldier of fortune who got his training with the French Foreign Legion. His wife, Dolly, is a nurse who served with Doctors without Borders. After all the traumatic experiences they've lived through, they figure it's time to settle down in a peaceful Oregon town. Their repose is over, however, the day star athlete MaryLou McCoy walks into her high school and empties her father's .22 revolver into a group of fellow students, killing Cameron Taft. Although MaryLou doesn't deny the stories of the eyewitnesses and refuses to say anything in elaboration when the police question her, Dell and Dolly swiftly convince themselves that there's more to her story. In the first of many highhanded moves, Dell offers Bradley L. Swift, MaryLou's court-appointed attorney, a $25,000 retainer to defend her, guaranteeing Dell a great deal of control over the case--beginning with a letter that appoints Dell Swift's official investigator. Meantime, Dolly swings into action networking with MaryLou's schoolmates and ferreting out leads and contacts. The dirt they dig up on the local justice system, the culture of the school and the Tiger Ko Khai Society, which Cam headed, is utterly unsurprising. And there's all the posturing and swaggering you'd expect from Vachss, especially when he's launching a new hero who wants you to know that he's a lot tougher than you. But the closing courtroom scenes serve as a powerful reminder that the practice of law is at heart a blood sport. Overlong, repetitive and more testosterone-charged than it needs to be. But Vachss' followers will devour it and will keep watch for Dell and Dolly's return.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307950888
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 252,158
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    It was OK. Not his best work. I felt nothing for the characters.

    It was OK. Not his best work. I felt nothing for the characters. the story was missing.....something. conflict,confrontation?
    I just didn't enjoy it as much as his other works.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    I love the author's BURKE books & this one just felt like a

    I love the author's BURKE books & this one just felt like a set up to another series of DELL books. Not boring or anything but I think I'm spoiled with his other books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Too short blurb to decide genre comboc

    Need at least an area reference besides 'small town" plus page count and age group vampires? Mom

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    I didn't enjoy this book and really had to make myself finish it

    I didn't enjoy this book and really had to make myself finish it.  There was too much 'background' thrown in everywhere in the book and I had trouble following it. I don't know french, so none of that made any sense to me.  I just didn't like it.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Loved it

    Ended up being one of those books you can't put down.

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