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By Andrew Vachss

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307950888, 353pp.

Publication Date: March 11, 2014


Dell, an ex-Legionnairewas working as amercenary when he firstsawDolly, a nurse withMedecins Sans Frontieres.When they later married, Dellabandoned his work, and Dolly shed her identity.But not her calling she became a teacher, confidant, and defenderofdozens of teenagers in their Coastal Oregon village.Whenthe star softball pitcher guns down a popular boy on the last day of school, Dolly knows this is no"school shooting."She goes all-in to protect"Mighty Mary" McCoy, even to the extent of unleashing her lethal husband.
As Dolly uses her contacts to gain access to medical secrets, Dell returns tohis no-boundaries past. Usingguile, extortion, shadow networks--and, finally, an act of terrorism he uncoversthe secret MaryLou was willing to sacrifice her own life to protect . . . a soul-killing rite of passage demanded of the town's most vulnerable girls, with her baby sister next on that list.

About the Author
Andrew Vachss is a lawyer who represents children and youths exclusively. His many books include the Burke series and three collections of short stories. His novels have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in "Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, " and "The New York Times, "among other publications.

The dedicated website for Andrew Vachss and his work is"

Praise For Aftershock

“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