Retro Read: Vice City by SA Stovall

Publisher DSP Publications

After twenty years as an enforcer for the Vice family mob, Nicholas Pierce shouldn’t bat an eye at seeing a guy get worked over and tossed in the river. But there’s something about the suspected police mole, Miles, that has Pierce second-guessing himself. The kid is just trying to look out for his brother any way he knows how, and the altruistic motive sparks an uncharacteristic act of mercy that involves Pierce taking Miles under his wing.

Miles wants to repay Pierce for saving his life. Pierce shouldn’t see him as anything but a convenient hookup… and he sure as hell shouldn’t get involved in Miles’s doomed quest to get his brother out of a rival street gang. He shouldn’t do a lot of things, but life on the streets isn’t about following the rules. Besides, he’s sick of being abused by the Vice family, especially Mr. Vice and his power-hungry goon of a son, who treats his underlings like playthings.

So Pierce does the absolute last thing he should do if he wants to keep breathing—he leaves the Vice family in the middle of a turf war

Oh my word I wanted dark and gritty and that is what I got. The start leaves you in no doubt what you will getting into reading this book. Nicolas Pierce is a mob enforcer and you don’t last long in that position without being ruthless but as the story goes on his tender side shows through. It is on meeting Miles that Pierce starts to re-evaluate his life. He starts to think about getting away from the only life he’s known for the past twenty years. There is a lot going on in this story which kept me hooked. I found it difficult to put it down when I needed to go to sleep. I admired the devotion Miles has to his brother but it wasn’t doing him any good. I frustratedly kept wondering when he was going to see that. I got about three quarters of the way into the story when I started wondering where it was going. Pierce was still trying to complete several assignments and help Miles find his brother. The affection Pierce feels for Miles is growing but naturally he’s wary of getting too attached. Neither the less he does what he can to protect Miles. There is to my mind a realistic portrayal violence and drugs within this environment, very noire. I liked the happy for now ending and I hope the second book continues Pierce and Miles story.

4 of stars out of 5


Copy Purchased for Review




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.