- File Size: 1180 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Wood Pulp Press (May 25, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DB3YMNT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Vice Report: A Hard-Boiled Mona Breen Mystery Kindle Edition
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From the Author
Once I knew that I wanted to tell my sister's story that way, a lot of other elements I had been playing with -- the slight difference between romance and tragedy, the tragic decline of marriage, how the hard-boiled genre works from a female perspective, and a piece I had been sketching that was a loose interpretation of Shakespeare's Othello -- wanted to get in on it.
Somewhere along the way, I also found myself creating a world where journalists are heroes, chauvinists are villains, and people doing everyday jobs -- detective, owner of a sleezy clickbait site, bartender, IT guy -- band together to save the world from evil.
Someone once told me, "Don't save your ideas for something else. Cram them in." That runs counter to magazine writing, but it worked here, I think. In fact, it encouraged a story that started out as one mystery to become a long-form story arc with five parts. Each book is one piece of a larger story. I'm not saying any more about that until book five is completed.
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C. X. Wood does a fantastic job of building an ensemble cast of characters that includes lovable heroes and hateful villains. If you like Joss Whedon shows (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Avengers) then you know how fun and heartbreaking a great ensemble-cast-story can be!
I’m so glad that this is part one of a series, because while Vice Report is super satisfying as one complete book, I can’t wait to revisit these characters to see where they go! And now that I’ve mentioned Whedon and thought about it… this story would make a great TV show. Maybe an Amazon Original since it’s published on Amazon?
C. X. Wood has got it all: great characters, interesting storylines that move along, a little bit of Shakespeare, a significant nod to the noir detective genre, and the collapse of the fourth estate, all in orbit around a smart and determined female reporter!
Full disclosure: I helped proofread the Beta copy for C. X. Wood, so I got to read Vice Report before it was released, and then again when I bought the final version you see here. I loved the Beta version, and this final version is even tighter! Bravo!
It was a pleasure reading a book with many thoughtful, caring characters. Hopefully all of them will appear when Mona tackles her next crime story. I liked Mona. She’s smart, but not perfect. For me, that’s what made her so human. I wanted to shake her several times. She stayed in an abusive marriage far too long. And there were a few despicable characters in Vice Report, as well. My blood pressure rises even now thinking about them.
I very much enjoyed Woods novel, and I look forward to reading her next one.