By Andrew Vachss
FIRST IN a brand new SERIES
Dell, an ex-Legionnaire was operating as a mercenary while he first saw Dolly, a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières. When they later married, Dell abandoned his paintings, and Dolly shed her identity. But now not her calling—she turned a instructor, confidant, and defender of dozens of youngsters of their Coastal Oregon village. When the big name softball pitcher weapons down a well-liked boy at the final day of school, Dolly understands this is often no "school shooting". She is going all-in to protect "Mighty Mary" McCoy, even to the level of unleashing her deadly husband.
As Dolly makes use of her contacts to achieve entry to clinical secrets, Dell returns to his no-boundaries prior. Using guile, extortion, shadow networks--and, finally, an act of terrorism—he uncovers the mystery MaryLou used to be keen to sacrifice her personal existence to guard . . . a soul-killing ceremony of passage demanded of the town’s so much weak women, along with her child sister subsequent on that list.
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