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Acts of Violence by [Jahn, Ryan David]
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'Dark, compelling and powerful; this is a book of real substance. Ryan David Jahn is a rare and fine talent.'
-- R. J. Ellory

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WINNER OF THE 2010 CWA JOHN CREASY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 014311896X
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (25 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TWOKAC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katrina Marino works in a bar. Late one night on her way home from work she is brutally attacked outside her apartment building. Hearing her screams, her neighbours flock to their windows and look out at the assault. But they are all too busy with their own problems and quickly forget about Kat, slowly bleeding to death outside. Each assumes someone will have called the police, but no one does, leaving the seriously injured girl alone and at the mercy of her vicious attacker.

This is a very powerful and disturbing book, which stayed with me long after I had finished it. The story becomes all the more horrific when you realise that it is actually based on a true crime, where 38 people allegedly witnessed a woman being murdered and did nothing. Jahn's writing is brilliant, fluid and poetic and simple. He switches perspective with each chapter, jumping from character to character as the night unfolds. The book deals with so many serious and moral issues: euthanasia, war, racism, corruption, homophobia, paedophilia, wife swapping... it seems that none of humanity's darkest facets are left untouched.

And none of his characters are blameless. Anyone in the book could have saved Kat, just by picking up the phone. The chapters that take her POV are extremely moving, as she laments that she just wanted a hot bath after a long shift at work, but she is dragged away from her door by a strange man who is loitering in the night and made to suffer an appalling ordeal. The attacker is also given his own chapters, which makes his crime all the more disturbing, as we understand his desires and motivations.

Whilst horrible, this novel is extremely compelling and I read it in one sitting in a couple of hours. It is thought provoking and certainly made me question what my own reaction would be to witnessing a crime of this nature. A sad indictment of human nature - read it.
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This is a dazzling novel. Don't start it unless you can devote the whole evening to it. The force of the narrative drags you into half a dozen compelling human stories; interwoven and parallel lives which are all at a turning point during one early morning.
The crisp writing and tightly plotted chapters drive you through it at a relentless pace: you really won't want to stop reading until you find out what happens to each character as they confront a pivotal moment and emerge forever altered by the experience.
This book feels very much like one of those blockbuster montage movies, where intertwined threads weave back and forth en route towards an almightly climax. In this case the action is set in mid-America, in the early 1960s. The main theme involves a savage attack on a young woman but although that is sold as the central narrative there is plenty else going on in here too; being drafted for Vietnam, wife-swapping and all its consequences, what happens when an abused child grows up, racism and police corruption, being chronically ill, the loneliness which can lead to suicide, taking the step from boyhood to manhood, acknowledging an unspoken sexual desire and more -- oh, there's heaps more.
It's as if author RD Jahn has done his best to cram every ounce of the human condition into this one novel, and he's come scarily close to achieving that goal. For the characters also display compassion, fidelity and mercy; it's not all entirely grim.

You may find in the opening chapters that you are a little bewildered about who all the different people are, because each segment hops between scenes and people and there's some real stunt-writing with the timeline too.
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Set in 1964, this is the story of a death - a particularly horrendous death and of the reactions of those who witnessed it.

The initial attack on Katrina Marino was observed by many of her neighbours, brought to their windows by her screams; however, for their own reasons, nobody did anything. Although they saw the attack, safe inside their cosy homes, they all had a reason for not wanting to call the police out. Everyone thought that someone else would do something: everyone left it to someone else and, in the end, they all became complicit in the murder of a young waitress.

All the characters are all well drawn out, from the sleazy, corrupt cop to the woman who is worried that she may have killed a child, and their stories are intriguing. You are left wondering what will happen to them all!

An intriguing book - I can't help but hope for a sequel and will certainly be looking for other books by this author.
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This novel is a very powerful, well-written piece of work and pretty bleak stuff, covering as it does a range of humankind's worst aspects; on offer here we have adultery, assisted suicide, blackmail, wife-swapping, police corruption, child abuse, racism and of course rape and murder, which is what the story centres around.

Most of these things take place in a development of flats in the course of one night and there are occasional glimpses of goodness in this sea of sin, the character of Frank being the prime example, together with the two men who 'find' each other and hopefully happiness. I found the optimism of Kat particularly upsetting and what happens to her is a truly horrific sequence of events, completely outside of her control.

Short, punchy chapters keep you turning the pages and you really can't put this down. This novel simply a snapshot in time with no real conclusions or tidy endings, but a short way into the book you feel as if you know the characters very well and in a very intimate way. The fact it's based on a true event adds to the power and the people's actions seem very real, making you imagine how you'd react in a similar situation...
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