Acts of Violence, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Katrina Marino is about to become America's most infamous murder victim.

This is Katrina's story, and the story of her killer.

It is also the story of Katrina's neighbours, those who witnessed her murder and did nothing: the terrified Vietnam draftee; the woman who thinks she's killed a child, and her husband who will risk everything for the truth; the former soldier planning suicide and the man who saves him. And others whose lives are touched by the crime: the elderly teacher whose past is catching up with him; the amateur blackmailer who's about to find out just what sort of people he's been threatening; the corrupt cop who believes he is God's 'red right hand'.

Shocking and compassionate, angry and gripping, "Acts of Violence" is a sprawling, cinematic tour-de-force, a terrifying crime novel unlike any other.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780330517331

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Hard to put down once you start this book weaves the lives of many residents of a block of flats as they bear witness to a violent act and then through various reasons fail to act to stop it. The pace is break-neck and it is quite easy to get through this book in one setting- whilst we may want to know more about these characters what we get is enough to realise the message of the author here. Is there too much violence in this book? I don't know - I think what I take from it is an overwhelming sense of the fact that this could actually happen where I live as people who live next to each other for years and years actually have very little to do with each other. A very good read, highly recommended and immensely sobering.

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Acts of Violence is a very well crafted and visciously shocking novel. Based on a 1960s New York murder it follows the inhabitants of an apartment complex and how their lives are effected by the crime. With characters that have been constructed with such a depth that makes them not only present but truly believable and accompanied with prose that is audaciously dark yet astonishing compelling. Acts of Violence had me engrossed to the last word of the last page. A very impressive debut from an author who has climbed to the peak of my favorites list.

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