Ray Davis is newly divorced, going nowhere at a dead-end job in a warehouse, and has almost worked off the debts his ex-wife rang up. Then his underinsured brother's need for a liver transplant forces Ray to come up with a lot of money, fast. When he attempts to recover the profit he made with an old business partner, Ray discovers that the partner is dead and his investment has fallen into the hands of a drug dealer. The dealer has used the cash to buy a large supply of cocaine; he and his gun are not inclined to return the proceeds. Ray enlists a crude private eye to help him get it back, and he falls in love with Jenna, a beautiful waitress. His struggle to recover the money soon takes him deep into a swamp of crime, drugs, murder and revenge. Caught in a war between rival dealers, he comes to realize that the stakes have risen beyond the woman he loves or the money he needs to save his brother. He's fighting for his life.
ACTS OF DESPERATION is the new thriller from Tim Dodge. It combines crime, action, adventure, romance and humor into a roller coaster ride of a story.
The blurb above tells you all you need to know about the story! This is a thriller set in the modern world and features a believable protagonist in a desperate situation. I think most of us can sympathise with the lead characters dilemma, a desperate need for cash to help family member.
I really liked the lead character, he starts off seeming to be just your regular guy, but then slips into the seedy underworld, which at first seemed a little out of character, yet you soon realise that the guy is actually "that sort of guy" and it's no longer out of character. It's a very well done transition.
As with most good thrillers there is a lot of tension intermixed with action and a few good twists to keep you on your toes.
Total Score 7/9
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