Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" Orwell


Harlan Donnally was a former San Francisco Police Dept. detective who was retired on a disability after being shot on the job.

At the start of the story, he promises a dying friend to find his friend's younger sister, who his friend placed in a home when she was age five. Tragically, Harlan finds that the girl, Anna, was murdered years ago and her alleged killer, Charles Brown, was never prosecuted due to being incompetent.

As Donnally continues to search for answers, he finds that there are people who would like to keep Anna's killing closed and prevent him from finding the answers. However, he persists. He needs to find out what happened in the 1970s in the Berkley community with the anti government, anti war movement.

Donnelly feels that he's on a mission to help his deceased friend who thought he was leaving his little sister in safety only to have her killed and no one punished for the crime.

Donnally is able to locate the alleged killer, Charles Brown, and bring him to court only to have someone hire a wealthy attorney claiming that Brown is the real victim. This makes Donnelly wonder if someone else is hiding behind the incompetent man's craziness.

We learn more of Donnelly's past and realize what motivates him in this search for the truth. His search takes him to places that neither the reader nor Donnelly could have foreseen. This freshness in plot is dramatically described and we see Donnelly as the type of investigator who doesn't give up and employs some creative measures to get answers and deliver justice that has been a long time in being served.

1. be a follower of this blog
2. follow on shelfari if you are on that site
3. use above link and see my review on Amazon, read review and at the end, indicate "YES" review helpful.
4. under comments of this review, indicate you wish to be entered in the giveaway, give your email address for notification and indicate you have stated that the review was helpful.
5. Giveaway runs through Sept 16th
6. U.S. and Canadian residents only, sorry, postage.

Good luck and have fun.


Denise Z said...

Wow Act of Deceit sounds sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity. I found the review on Amazon very good and it certainly made me want to read this book even more. I of course hit yes that the review was helpful, because that indeed is true. My fingers are itching to get hold of this awesome read and I have added it to my wishlist. Thank you for sharing and I am glad I follow you site:)


Tore923 said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the book. It sounds very good.

Unknown said...

Oh you know how much I love all these mystery,action filled books so I'm totally up for it!

GFC: kimyunalesca
like your review at amazon
email subscriber


Unknown said...

Great review! i would like to be entered, I have done steps 1-3 and my email is jennyerin1077(at)gmail(dot)com
Thanks Mike!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like another winner, Mike! You have a good eye for suspense books, which I like to review. Please enter me, and yes I visited your review on amazon.
Rae, Best O' Books Reviews

BrendaC said...

Sounds like an interesting book Mike. I am off to Amazon to enter the giveaway! kittycrochettwo at msn dot com

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I'd love to be entered. Read your review on Amazon and clicked yes it was helpful. Already follow you on Shelfari. Sounds like a great start to a new series.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Holly said...

Hello, I would love to be entered! I am a GFC follower and I indicated 'yes' on your review at Amazon.


Unknown said...

This sounds interesting I love a good murder mystery. Thanks and I follow on Twitter Cenneidigh. lisapeters at yahoo dot com I would love to win this thanks

In Julie's Opinion said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway! This looks like a really good book, and one I would enjoy reading:)
I am your friend on Shelfari: Julie Witt
I liked your review at Amazon!
jwitt33 at live dot com

Patricia said...

Enter me in the giveaway pleas!
I am already following you.

plb1050 at gmail dot com

Patricia said...

I tried to find you on shelfari.

plb1050 at gmail dot com

Patricia said...

I went to your review on amazon and clicked yes that the review was helpful.

plb1050 at gmail .com

Darlene said...

Following on GFC (Darlene), Shelfari (Darlene), Liked your review and commented on Amazon.

Please enter me in the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Thanks for the giveaway!

Steven Gore said...


Thanks for your very kind review of Act of Deceit. I know you have many choices in books, so I appreciate you taking the time to read it. Your giveaway of the book is a great idea as it gives another reader a chance to try it out.

I also appreciate the Orwell quote as it really does capture Donnally's mission not only in this story but in the ones to come.

Thanks again,

Steven Gore

Debbie Rodgers said...

Okay - Am that, am that, did that... debbie .at. exurbanis -com-

Thanks for the giveaway chance to win.

Tea said...

I would like to win and read Days of Deceit. I have marked your review as helpful on Amazon. I am a follower. I am trying to find you on Shelfari as well. Thanks for entering me in the contest.


PiinkPoodle said...

I am a follower via GFC: PiinkPoodle
I clicked "yes" on your review being helpful on
Thank you for your review. I would love to read this book :)
Please enter me in this giveaway =)
Thank you so much for the chance.

swttie at gmail dot com

Kristi said...

Follower - thanks for the review (and heads up about the contest). I visited your review on Amazon and hit yes.

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am a follower of your blog and would love to be entered for this interesting sounding read!

Romance Girl said...

I want to be entered. Your review was helpful as always.
ejcoppersmith at yahoo dot com

skkorman said...

Sounds like a good read—please enter me to win! I follow you via GFC, and I like your review.

Glad to hear you made it through the hurricane relatively unscathed, Mike. We in South Florida have a lot of empathy for the people in the Northeast who had to deal with it!

mamabunny13 said...

Please enter me.
I follow via gfc
I like your review on Amazon
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

I clicked yes that your Amazon review was helpful.

I am a GFC follower

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

BrittanyGale said...

Thank you for the giveaway, it sounds like a good book! I follow your blog and I found your Amazon review helpful


Beverly said...
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ann said...

I am a follower
I like books about retired or no longer working detectives who come across a good case

amhengst at verizon dot net

Tracy Smith said...

This book really sounds good, Mike. Your review was very helpful to me on Amazon.

Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

Countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Another great review Mike. Like it a lot and would love to read this book. Please enter me.

Unknown said...

Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway of "Act of Deceit"
Pink Poodle
Romance Girl
Linda Kish.

I thank everyone from participating and wish I had enough books to send to everyone.

Please look into my new giveaway of "Shelter" currently at my blog.


Lilk13 said...

Looks like my comment didn't show up. Wonder why.

kkappleby at msn dot com

PiinkPoodle said...

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway. I just received the book in the mail. I can't wait to read it.


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