I won't be posting full reviews of these two books coming out in the next week or so, but want to mention them -- and the reasons for my choices.
My problem with it is really my own ... I find graphic child abuse really hard to read. I read all of the first book in this series, Marched for Life, and couldn't bear to reframe it as a review. As soon as I started reading the second book, MARKED FOR REVENGE (release date February 28), all the emotions from the first book rolled back at me. I've skimmed book 2, and it's brilliantly plotted and tightly written. But again, the level of abuse and violence is so far outside my comfort zone (which is pretty wide really ... I have read and enjoyed most of Andrew Vachss and Carol O'Connell, for example, as well as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) that I'm not going to spell it all out. If you're into it, you can see reviews elsewhere. Sorry.
Obviously, if you're a Pronzini collector, you'll pick up a copy of THE VIOLATED anyway. Go for it.
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