The Vengeance Effect
On a rainy morning in a coastal town in Washington state, a young woman begs Sam Troshin, a sportswriter for the local paper, to help her get rid of the body of a man who raped her teen-aged friend. His actions lead to his discovery of a trial thirty years earlier where three boys were acquitted of raping a high-school classmate. Two of those boys, middle-aged men now, have died in peculiar circumstances. The third has disappeared. The town newspaper speculates: has the victim returned to avenge herself?
A burnt-out pickup truck, a volleyball prodigy, an aging hitman, and a well-funded play in the local theater all have their part as Sam tries to find the third of the accused rapists.