By Andrew Vachss

ISBN-10: 0307907759

ISBN-13: 9780307907752

The idyllic facade of a small coastal vacationer magnet hides its secrets and techniques good. but if the shining celebrity pitcher of the girls' softball crew weapons down the preferred boy at school, the shockwaves reverberate a long way past the school's partitions. within the wake of the killing, of the town's more moderen citizens flip over deeply embedded rocks, exposing a lifestyle of just about unbelievable horror lurking beneath.

Formerly a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, Dolly has turn into a defender and confidante to dozens of neighborhood teenage women, and he or she refuses to just accept that MaryLou ("Mighty Mary") McCoy's gunning down Cameron Taft in a highschool hallway is a regular university taking pictures. even though MaryLou's guilt isn't in doubt--it's even captured at the school's safeguard camera--the lady insists on a tribulation . . . yet inexplicably refuses to cooperate along with her personal safety. Enlisting her troupe of children and the neighborhood contacts she has cemented, Dolly calls on all of her assets to get to the reality . . . and to no matter what mystery MaryLou is guarding.

When Dolly's husband, Dell, sees his loved spouse commence her quest, he instantly symptoms on. A former mercenary and ex-Legionnaire, Dell treats this "job" as he could any other--with no barriers. His complete arsenal is positioned into play: guile, extortion, monitoring units, shadow networks, and, eventually, an act of terrorism that blows the canopy off the soul-killing ceremony of passage demanded of the town's so much weak women. Dell's discovery of MaryLou's actual intent and the community's surprising failure to guard its young ones culminates in a call to place the city itself on trial. The explosive verdict blows away the facade . . . and forces the village to face in judgment of itself. The aftershocks continue coming until eventually the basis itself fractures, leaving cracks too deep to patch ever back.

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Hyper-reality tricked consciousness into detaching from any real emotional engagement, instead opting for artificial simulation, and endless reproductions of fundamentally empty appearance (Baudrillard, 1988), a type of Marxist false consciousness (Žižek, 1997). Baudrillard’s bleak perspective was that ‘shopping’ persuades us to purchase items in a doomed attempt to construct an authentic (though empty) personal identity based on possessions. An even bleaker perspective is shown by the fact that the ideas of Baudrillard, Foucault and other post-modernists have been studied as carefully by modern retailers as by their critics (Economist, 2006).

3 Shopper and Shoplifter Introduction In most countries, there is a very large number of customers who steal from shops and there is a large number of reasons why they do so. Theft from shops by ordinary customers, unlike most crimes, is very common, committed by both persons who enter stores solely to steal and those who shop and steal at the same time – and this is rather more difficult to understand. Why do people who have a job also steal from stores? Why is someone caught shoplifting for one or two items when they have enough in their purse to pay for them?

In The Overworked American, Schor (1993) declared, ‘We live in what may be the most consumer-oriented society in history . . ’ Paterson (2006) refers to the ‘commodity fetishism’ of merchandise displayed in shopping malls but emptied of meaning, and reflects that while the recognition of Christian religious festivals had spread around the world, they were now used primarily as retail gift opportunities. Klein (2001) in No Logo condemned retailers for their treatment of workers, suppliers and consumers, whilst in the United Kingdom Blythman (2005) created a portrait of supermarkets that impoverished farmers, created trivial work, damaged towns and neighbourhoods, forced smaller shops to close, harmed the environment and adversely affected the quality of UK food and our diet.

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