So, anyway, there is a bored teen named Duncan who works at the Toronto's Transit Lost and Found. He doesn't really need to do much except sit around, so it sounds like a good job, except it's a crushing bore. His two best friends, Vinny, the smart alec, and Wayne, a bit of a delinquent, are all searching for a better life than just living off fast food and regret. Apparently, when Duncan was younger, he tried to save a life and failed to do so, and ever since, he's been having nightmares remembering it. He even feels it every time he goes underwater. None of this is part of the mystery, and I have mixed feelings about this novel doing that. How would YOU feel if you tried and failed to save a life? I for one would feel responsible.
One day, out of coincidence, Duncan finds a diary in the lost and found. And not just some diary about a life. It's basically what goes on inside this person's head, raping women and plans for victim abuse. What a discovery, but there's a wrinkle; there's no name, no address, no self-portrait. Duncan simply knows about this guy's personality and now wants to somehow prevent murder.
Vinny suggests he takes it to the police station, but Duncan isn't so sure; with no direct lead, are the police going to even look at it before depositing it? Are they going to commit with no leads at all? Sometimes you need the underdog to work on it. The mystery pauses an awful lot to look into Duncan's life after work, and it's a bit boring and dismal. You can tell how he feels about all of a sudden a true responsibility. After a while, it may start to slow down, and then all of a sudden, speeds back up. The ending is okay enough, perhaps not as good as it could have been, but is relaxing and at the last sentence, you'll feel like Acceleration is a nice simple story that never went over the top.