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Aftershock: A Thriller Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 11, 2013
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"Vachss is a contemporary master. . . Decidedly hard-boiled, his prose is lean, tough-edged, and brittle." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"To read Andrews Vachss at his best is to take a ride on the dark side, where the plight of the oppressed and vulnerable . . . becomes the catalyst for revenge-fueled street justice." --Los Angeles Times
"Many writers try to cover the same ground as Vachss. A handful are as good. None are better." --People
"Vachss's stories . . . burn with righteous rage and transfer a degree of that rage to the reader." --The Washington Post Book World
"Writing in a style so sleekly engineered that it purrs when you pop the hood, Vachss gives us such a smooth ride that it's easy to forget someone is driving this thing." --The New York Times Book Review
"Vachss is red-hot and as serious as a punctured lung." --Playboy
"Andrew Vachss impresses again with his new, dark and compelling thriller.” —Largehearted Boy.com
“Razor-edged and compulsively readable, the pages fly by.” —Library Journal
“The closing courtroom scenes serve as a powerful reminder that the practice of law is at heart a blood sport. . . . Vachss’s followers will devour it and will keep watch for Dell and Dolly’s return.” —Kirkus Reviews
“As in all his works, 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. As always, Vachss is disquieting but engrossing.” —Booklist
“Prolific author Vachss introduces Dell, a graduate of the French Foreign Legion, in this compelling first in a new thriller series. . . . Readers will stick with the story, and the series, because the steadfast, relentless Dell . . . commands attention.” —Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
Careless detail editing makes me wonder if Vachss wrote with another author who simply didn't check his or her facts. Taking a gun off a prison guard, which Dell suggested, is just about impossible. The only prison guards carrying guns of any kind are on the guard towers and never come in contact with prisoners or visitors when armed. Yet more petty complaints: I'm not sure how coastal Oregon got to be 1300 miles from Tucson; why interesting dialog relating to the story was presented in French without English translations; or that the murdered bodies of three local poachers left with what sounded like big honkin' green anarchist symbols painted on 'em didn't rate a serious law enforcement investigation. These issues reinforce the suggestion of "superhero to the rescue" waving a magic wand, rather than Dell being just some ordinary schmuck fiercely trying to help innocent victims with the same resources and abilities the rest of us have.
Andrew Vachss is the patron saint of abused kids and has important stories to tell; only a fool would think the horrors he describes don't exist in real life. But Burke, and now Dell, are jarring. In real life, those who avenge the wrongs committed by sexual predators triumph through good detective work and daily grinding away at a society that turns blind eyes to the exploitation of the innocent.
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Dolly tells Dell about a murder that takes place in the local high school. One of her favorite kids, Mary Lou, kills Cameron Taft and shoots two other students. It is definitely her. There are over fifty eye witnesses and it is all on tape. Dell takes it upon himself to find out who the killer is and in the process he finds out about a culture of rape and abuse that is rampant in the local high school.
The novel is written in Vachss' unique style, one that I've loved since Strega, Flood, Blue Belle, and many of his early books. Though this one is a stand-alone, it has the same power, force and insight that make Vachss one of my favorite writers.
What I will say is that I have been reading Vachss since he started and felt that he was past his best and had shot his bolt.
So I wasn't that hopeful when I picked this up- how wrong I was, this is a fantastic read and is Vachss back at his mighty best, like the early Burke titles.
Read it, you won't be able to put it down!!!!
A good counterpart to "Bomb Made in Hell," exploring school violence, and as always an insightful study of abuse and trauma and its psychic consequences full of implicit prescriptions. Vachss keeps up the good fight!
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... if you appreciate the likes of Jo Nesbo, Michael Connelly, Henning Mankell, Louise Penny, or even Lee Child. This book is a turkey. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Pajer
There is something about Vachss stories. Dark, brutal, fast and haunting. This was a good read. Recommend. Xx xx xxPublished 2 months ago by Jay A Gravel
I have read all of Andrew Vachss books and this one was kinda dull and drawn out. I hope he gets better. All his Burke books were great reads.Published 3 months ago by loridah
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This was a first in a crime series I decided to give a try because I read many of the author’s Burke series, years ago,... Read more
A master at taking us to place that most people are reluctant to know exist. He teaches one about the gritty realistic facts surrounding the lives of real people in difficult... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John W. Davenport
No matter which character he features, Andrew Vachss always delivers the goods. Strong, spare and hard-hitting. Always with the overriding theme: don't mess with kids and teens.Published 9 months ago by Mark Bellusci
Would recommend to anyone. Any chance of a movie? From protecting deer to avenging a crow, what is right is right.Published 9 months ago by Carol Dodd