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Acts of Violence

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  20 reviews

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 abo
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Shen Hart
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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We at The Review Hart would like to disclose that we received this book for free in return for an honest review

This is a book for people who enjoy dark, gritty work with a slightly noir bent. The characters are painfully real and flawed. The world sits firmly in the background, but that’s where it belongs. The characters tell this story. Every emotion rings true as they drag the reader through the increasingly dark story. Carefully constructed twists aren’t entirely surprising, but done just s
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Note: I was provided a copy of this book for review

Acts of Violence is a thrilling story that grabs your attention from the early pages and doesn't release its grip until the final page. Told from the voice of Jack Mason it explores the run down world of Harem and the efforts of Jack to clear his name of a suspected crime, all the while running from those who wish to harm him.

With Jack as a clearly unreliable narrator it is hard to trust what he says. He is smart, cocky, and extremely sarcastic
Mary Fan
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ross Harrison's Acts of Violence is a fast-paced, entertaining mystery packed with action and grit. The story takes place on a backwater planet in the NEXUS universe - Harrison's galaxy-spanning space opera series - but other than a few references to fictional technology (holograms, flying transports, and the like), the book reads more like a thriller or nouveau noir than sci-fi.

The narrator is Jack Mason, a police academy dropout turned wannabe private detective. He tells the story in sharp-edg
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review also appears on my blog, All The Bookish Love

You know those old cartoons you'd read in the Sunday newspaper? The ones where the P.I is sitting in his dingy office, smoking a cigarette with the smoke wafting across the room. Then a woman walks in in need of help? And yet you never see the P.I's face form under his hat? This book had that feel to it. From the first page right through to the end, I felt like I was living in one of those Sunday newspaper cartoons. It was br
Andy Peloquin
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the colony planet Harem, where it never seems to stop raining and everything, including most of the cops, is owned by a mob boss.
Into this gloomy world steps Jack Mason. Jack wanted to be a cop, a clean cop. Failing that he applied for P.I. license. After it was refused too, he stepped out on his own to bring justice to his corner of the universe. Jack hates violence, but he especially hates violence against himself, and against women. With his fake badge, real gun, a pack of cigarett
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

This plot was action-packed and ends with a twist. I personally thought the twist to be very ironic.

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I think this book was a good action thriller / mystery, and possibly slightly a science fiction. The story is set in a time when the earth has started to colonise new planets, and we are on the planet Harem. There are some future technology, but when I grabbed this one I was really hoping
Jack Mason is a former cop who now works as an unlicensed private detective. Looking for information at ‘The Web’, a high-end night club, he gets involved after witnessing acts of violence toward one of the bartender. Taking the waitress home, Jack finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery with himself as the prime suspect as the bartender ends up dead in his home. This being the second time he’s accused of murder a female companion, Jack’s got to work to clear his name against all odds. ACTS ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First impression: OMG tripple twist!!!!!! AMAZING! So well done!

Please find my complete review of this book at
Steph Bennion
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, sci-fi, crime
I think the moral of this tale is that violence begets violence and ultimately can only be destructive. This is a well-constructed sci-fi noir thriller (the 'sci-fi' bits barely evident) with all the usual hard-boiled elements, numerous bad guys adding to the body count and an ending that is pitch perfect. My only criticism is that the female characters are somewhat two-dimensional, but that sort-of works given the first-person narrative and world-view of the broken antihero (and that ending). ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am not sure what liking this book says about me, but this book is wonderful. The writer weaves an interesting story that is difficult to put down. The characters are very believable. The plot flows smoothly and keeps the reader inside the story. To say that there were horrible acts of violence is an understatement. Read!
Patricia Bergman
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Ross Harrison for this interesting interplanetary noir mystery. Your attached note was especially creative with a drawing of a pile oi string. The story made me think of Mike Hammer with a modern twist. Of course, all characters carried guns and the bad guys took advantage of the women. I actually enjoyed the book.
Marina Bonomi
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I was given a copy by the author in Exchange for an honest review.

Crossposted from 'Outside of Dogs: a Reviewer's Blog'

'As his nose cracked under my knuckles, I reflected on how much I hated violence.'

Ross Harrison doesn't waste words , he drops us straight into the action and the mind of his main character, Jack Mason.

Jack wanted to be a policeman, he has been kicked out of the academy, applied for a P.I. licence to anybody who could listen, human or alien, and was denied, now, in
Oh, it could be so much worse.

Acts of Violence pits the elite against the peasants. Or rather, everyone’s under the thumb of the crime lord, Cole Webster, and his son Little Dick.

Jack Mason has tried and failed to become a cop in Harem. Ten years ago he was kicked out of the academy. Ten years ago his girlfriend Lucy died, and the cop with the first name for the last name tried to pin him to the wall for the murder.

Jack got off, but Lawrence still thinks he has his man.

Now the stakes have risen,
Terra Whiteman
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted on The Lucid Pen

The city of Harem is a dark, forgotten slab of concrete and trash, left to fend for itself as Earth and its human inhabitants seek off-planet voyages. Jack Mason is a private detective--or an investigator without a proper license, who ends up being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The city is run by a family known as the Websters, a sort of mafia-like triage that owns numerous chunks of the city (some argue that Cole Webster owns it all), and Jack is doing
Samantha Strong
Note: I received a free copy of Acts of Violence in exchange for an honest review.

Acts of Violence is more thriller than sci-fi, which isn’t quite my cup of tea, but in the end, it unveiled a shocking twist–and that’s always sure to make me love it.

Jack Mason is a guy with a purpose, although his purpose is veiled in mystery. He’s hunting a bigwig in a backwater colony whose shady business dealings, quite frankly, just piss him off. He’s not a cop or a private investigator–though for years, he’s
Monica Fastenau
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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 pr
Kelly Smith Reviews
Jack hates violence against women, but he winds up standing up for the wrong girl, and gets wrongfully arrested for her murder. The murder itself is a very bloody affair, a bit of shock in an already fast-paced novel. You don't see it happen, but the description of the body is delightfully gory.
This book takes you inside Jack's head, you read his thought process as if you were psychic. But you really don't get to know him. It takes the course of the entire novel for you to accurately put togethe
This dark, noir-type thriller shot through with a scintillating vein of science fiction, is a plot-driven adventure speed-way which drives the reader towards a totally unexpected, yet thoroughly satisfying conclusion.

Jack Mason is a failed cop living on a poverty-stricken colony planet way off the beaten track, where he earns a meagre living as an unlicenced PI complete with counterfeit badge.

Framed for murdering a bargirl working for criminal boss Cole Webster, Mason’s on the run from not only
Jennifer Reed
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review.

ACTS OF VIOLENCE is a dark, gritty, thrilling read. The characters and story line are well-developed. Jack Mason was thrown out of the police academy for apparently killing his girlfriend. Now he is investigating Cole Webster for trafficking and drugs. Now when he takes a bar tender home with him to save her from Cole Webster's retaliation for slapping him, he is accused of killing her. He must stay one step ahead of Webster's pe
Tracey Lampley
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me because I actually liked it. The author placed a premium on setting. He knitted together characterization and an interesting plot. I usually don’t go for noir, but I liked this one. It’s a four-star read!
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Ross Harrison is the author of novels and short stories in the realms of science fiction - specifically space opera and science fantasy - thriller, noir, and steampunk. He has been writing since childhood, and occasionally likes to revisit those old stories for a good cringe and nervous laugh. He also talks about himself in the 3rd person because it seems more professional.

Ross lives on the UK/Eir

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