Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Gritty but Satisfying

Aftershock: A ThrillerAftershock: A Thriller by Andrew Vachss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Frontier justice, Twenty-First Century style. Dark! You may at times find yourself cheering on a character, but this is not “cheerful” writing. This is amazing – thinking about saying something about Vachss’ style I opened the book again and realized (could it really be for the first time?) that it is narrated in the first person. In less skillful hands that becomes a distraction. In this case I didn’t consciously note why I was seeing the world through the eyes of this angel of justice. It helps to read French, only some of which is translated during memories of Foreign Legion service, but even that doesn’t slow the pace of this wicked and exciting (the “and” necessary so you won’t think I’ve totally assimilated into New England) page turner. I enjoyed it more than a person should with my education and sensibilities.

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