- Series: Aftershock
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Pantheon; First Edition edition (June 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101870443
- ISBN-13: 978-1101870440
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Aftershock Series
“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
“Razor-edged and compulsively readable; the pages fly by.” —Library Journal
“Vachss is the baddest noir stylist of them all.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Vachss impresses again with his new dark and compelling thriller.” —Largehearted Boy.com
Acclaim for Andrew Vachss
“Many writers try to cover the same ground as Vachss. A handful are as good. None are better.” —People
“Vachss seems bottomlessly knowledgeable about the depth and variety of human twistedness.” —The New York Times
“Vachss is red-hot and as serious as a punctured lung.” —Playboy
“Vachss’s style is personal, laconic, shaded, and, of course, creepy. If you like hard-boiled narrative, this is a read for you.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
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 www.vachss.com.
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This is the first time I can ever remember that I finished one of Vachss' books wondering about what I just read. Nothing made sense here. We never get any character development of the bad guys so when they meet their "just" end I was left scratching my head. What exactly did they do that merited this treatment? Who is this mysterious "ghost" who seems to have access to every piece of information in the world? What exactly did the "villains" have in mind that was so awful? Nothing is ever explained.
For the first time I can recall, I was disappointed in a Vachss novel. I did not find it up to the standard Vachss has made me expect.
Dell learned about loyalty in the French Foreign Legion. He served five long years in The Legion and was taught many useful things. Like loyalty, weaponry, and ways to kill without being seen and without regret or remorse. Life in the Legion boiled down to kill or be killed. It didn’t matter who you killed. All that mattered was that you killed them first before they killed you.
Now Dell and Dolly have retired from their former lives and live on the Oregon coast where they own some land near the edge of a forest. Dell had wisely invested most of the money he’d earned as a mercenary soldier, so Dolly and Dell can live comfortably without working regular day jobs. If truth be told, Dell is actually quite wealthy. But no one else needs to know that, not even Dolly.
What Dolly does know about Dell and what Dell knows about Dolly is they are both fiercely loyal to each other, to their few human friends, and to the flora and fauna they share their Oregon wilderness home with.
That in a nutshell, is the basic premise behind Andrew Vachss’ enjoyable Aftershock series of laid-back thrillers. Told entirely from Dell’s first-person POV, all three novels (Aftershock, Shockwave, and Signwave) have essentially the same plot: whenever someone or something threatens Dolly or her world, Dell calls on his considerable knowledge, skills, and resources to make the problem simply disappear. But first, Dell must solve the mystery and discover the real source of the problem.
The growing cast of recurring characters—each with his or her own unique abilities and problems—keeps readers reading while Dell investigates and solves the mystery. In Signwave (Pantheon, June 2015, 253 pages, $26.95) Dell calls on MaryLou and Franklin, Johnny and Martin, Mack and Bridgette, and Rascal and Minnie to help Dolly and Dell save their beloved neck of the woods from being exploited by ruthless con men. This time the body count is minimal. Can Dell out-con the con artists? Do bears defecate in the woods?
What Vachss builds in these novels is a growing sense of family that Dell never experienced as a child on the streets of Paris. Luc and Patrice were the closest Dell ever came to family, and they both died. Death was the only constant in Dell’s life until Dell met Dolly. Then everything changed. Now Dell has a real family. And heaven help anyone who tries to mess with any of them because Dell is fiercely loyal to all of them.
I’m now a loyal reader of novels by Andrew Vachss, and I think you will be too once you discover Aftershock, Shockwave, and Signwave.