ARC: Acts of Violence

Acts of Violence is a futuristic noir story with a twist ending--but is it worth your time? #spon | A book review from Newbery and Beyond

Note: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My name’s Jack Mason. I made a mistake. Took home the wrong girl. Now she’s dead. Cut up. And they’re telling me I did it.

It’s the same cop that tried to take me down ten years ago. Now he’s coming at me hard. And he’s not the only one. Cole Webster, the city’s crime lord, thinks I stole from him. Broke me out of custody just to ask me about it. Then I killed his son. Now he really wants me.

Add to this equation a government agent, and I’m a real popular guy right now. Pretty much everyone I meet wants me dead, lawfully or otherwise. There’s nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. I’ve got till morning to uncover Webster’s trafficking operation and take the heat off me. And all I’ve got to go on is a pissed off homeless girl with a thirst for revenge.

Guess it could be worse. Can’t quite figure how. (Summary via

This book is called Acts of Violence, and there sure is a lot of violence throughout (as you might have gathered from the Amazon summary above).  In the book, the main character is living on another planet where it rains all the time, and where crime always pays.  It’s kind of a futuristic noir setting, which I found a fascinating combination.  Jack Mason is pinned for a murder that the police are convinced he committed, and he has to prove his innocence–and possibly bring down the crime lord who has most of the police and local business owners in his pocket.

I found the MC’s narration well written and interesting.  His voice was realistic, but pretty straightforward.  No angst with this guy–he’s used to this kind of life.  Again, I loved the setting.  It’s futuristic, but brooding and dark.  It fit so well with the sneaking around and violent criminal acts that pretty much every character takes part in.

Be forewarned: There are several scenes that take place in strip clubs, in which there are some descriptions that you might want to do without, and there is (obviously) a lot of violence, some of which is described in detail.  None of it was enough to make me uncomfortable, but if somewhat sexual and violent details turn you off a book, you might not want to pick up this one.

I was surprised by the twist ending (although I’m not hard to surprise–I rarely see a twist coming), but I was slightly disappointed by it.  It made me see the characters in a new light, and I didn’t like what I saw.  But that’s just a personal preference.  On the whole, I did enjoy this book, although it wasn’t really my type of book.  Definitely check it out if you’re into brooding thrillers (is that a genre?  If not, it is now).

If you enjoy thrillers and mysterious circumstances, you might also check out Pool of Echoes and Unrelenting Nightmare.

Rating: Not My Cup of Tea

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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