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The idyllic facade of a small coastal tourist magnet hides its secrets well. But when the shining star pitcher of the girls' softball team guns down the most popular boy in school, the shockwaves reverberate far beyond the school's walls. In the wake of the killing, two of the town's newer residents turn over deeply embedded rocks, exposing a subculture of almost unimaginable horror lurking beneath.

Formerly a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, Dolly has become a defender and confidante to dozens of local teenage girls, and she refuses to accept that MaryLou ("Mighty Mary") McCoy's gunning down Cameron Taft in a high school hallway is a typical school shooting. Although MaryLou's guilt is not in doubt--it's even captured on the school's security camera--the girl insists on a trial . . . but inexplicably refuses to cooperate with her own defense. Enlisting her troupe of teenagers and the local contacts she has cemented, Dolly calls on all of her resources to get to the truth . . . and to whatever secret MaryLou is guarding.

When Dolly's husband, Dell, sees his beloved wife begin her quest, he immediately signs on. A former mercenary and ex-Legionnaire, Dell treats this "job" as he would any other--with no boundaries. His entire arsenal is put into play: guile, extortion, tracking devices, shadow networks, and, finally, an act of terrorism that blows the cover off the soul-killing rite of passage demanded of the town's most vulnerable girls. Dell's discovery of MaryLou's true motive and the community's shocking failure to protect its children culminates in a decision to put the town itself on trial. The explosive verdict blows away the facade . . . and forces the village to stand in judgment of itself. The aftershocks keep coming until the foundation itself fractures, leaving cracks too deep to patch ever again.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780307907752
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 26, 2017

I'm early into this book but not sure if I will finish. If I read it right this guy has killed seven deer hunters over the course of a few hunting seasons for no reason other than they are hunting too close to his home. He decides a kid is a future serial killer so he kills the kid. He talks about sharing everything with his wife but he keeps a locked room where he hangs out. The author doesn't seem to realize he has created a character who is fully crazy and murderous: a serial killer who loves small animals. Kind of hard to take.

Also much gets glossed over. When he quits killing people overseas he gets a new identity but also forces his wife to do the same for no clear reason. The come to town and suddenly all the teenagers are hanging around their house for no clear reason other than the wife is wonderful with kids. Sounds creepy. There is no clear plotting going on and the story is told from inside the head of a psychotic killer. Hard to get into this one.

Oct 05, 2013

Readable, but:

1) Too many characters' names begin with "D"--confusing

2) Not credible that MaryLou's sexuality wouldn't be used against her by the prosecution team, no matter how inept

ChristchurchLib Sep 09, 2013

"Retiring to a seacoast village after a life in various war zones, French Foreign Legion-trained mercenary Dell and military nurse Dolly foster local teens before the shooting of a popular boy reveals stunning regional corruption and a brutal rite of passage imposed on vulnerable girls. By the best-selling author of the Burke series." September 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

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