Good As Gone

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Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk now works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won’t touch stranger abduction cases. He’s still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter years ago when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home.

Until, that is, six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears from her parents’ hotel room in Paris, and the ...

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Overview

Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk now works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won’t touch stranger abduction cases. He’s still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter years ago when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home.

Until, that is, six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears from her parents’ hotel room in Paris, and the French police deliver Simon an ultimatum: he can spend years in a French jail for his actions during a past case, or he can work with them now to find Lindsay Sorkin. So, Simon sets out in pursuit of the missing child and the truth behind her disappearance. But Lindsay’s captors did not leave an easy trail, and following it will take Simon across the continent, through the ritziest nightclubs and the seediest back alleys, into a terrifying world of international intrigue and dark corners of his past he’d rather never face again.

With lightning-fast pacing and a twist behind every turn, Douglas Corleone's Good as Gone is a gripping race against the clock for a young girl with her life on the line and a man who has nothing left to lose.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If James Bond were in the business of rescuing kidnapped children, he might easily be mistaken for Simon Fisk, the haunted hero of this slam-bam thriller from Corleone (Last Lawyer Standing). A former U.S. marshal, Fisk now employs his unorthodox skills recovering kids abducted by noncustodial parents to countries that don’t recognize U.S. custody decisions—a line of work he chose after a stranger snatched his six-year-old daughter six years earlier. Fisk has just extracted a boy from Bordeaux when French police strong-arm him into trying to help them find little Lindsay Sorkin, a six-year-old American kidnapped from her parents’ Paris hotel room hours earlier. With her father the designer of a cutting-edge weapons technology, Fisk fears the worst—but the blitzkrieg hunt and accompanying mayhem that ensues across several countries is far more harrowing than even he could have imagined. For readers willing to suspend disbelief, it’s an adrenaline rush with a character worth rooting for. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Aug.)
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Good as Gone goes from zero to 60 in under six seconds and never lets off the gas! If you like your thrillers filled with nonstop action in a race against time through Europe's underbelly, hop in and take a ride.”ANDREW GROSS

Good as Gone delivers a lightning-fast pace, surprising and heartfelt twists, and action aplenty.”JEFF ABBOTT

Good as Gone is everything I want in a thriller—an ingenious plot, breathless pace, and one of the coolest new heroes to come along in years. My only question is, when can I read the next Simon Fisk thriller?” DAVID ELLIS

Good as Gone is the can't-put-it-down thriller of the year that propels Douglas Corleone into Lee Child territory. Yeah, it's that good.”JASON STARR

Good as Gone is as good as it gets.  Simon Fisk is a fascinating character, and Doug Corleone has crafted one hell of a thriller.  It is a pleasure to recommend this nonstop novel to my readers.”—MICHAEL PALMER

“A terrific international thriller. I expected to be entertained when I picked up a novel by Douglas Corleone and was rewarded handsomely. Highly recommended.”JAMES GRIPPANDO

“Fast paced and lean…Simon Fisk, the former U.S. marshal who makes his living finding children who have been abducted by their estranged parents, is an excellent character…Once the story kicks into high gear, which is pretty much at the top of page 2, it doesn’t let up, period..”—Booklist (starred review)

“If James Bond were in the business of rescuing kidnapped children, he might easily be mistaken for Simon Fisk, the haunted hero of this slam-bam thriller from Corleone…An adrenaline rush with a character worth rooting for.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
A child's kidnapping leads a specialist in child recovery on a torrid chase across two continents. Simon Fisk's stint as a U.S. Marshal ended when his daughter Hailey was kidnapped. His wife, Tasha, was so distraught when she couldn't be found that she swallowed a lethal dose of pills. Now, Simon makes his living recovering children abducted by estranged parents who've taken them to countries who won't return them to the U.S. He's just wrapping up a case in France when he's grabbed by the local gendarmes. They press him to meet with Vince and Lori Sorkin, whose daughter Lindsay has been grabbed by somebody who's not her parent. Showing a generally well-concealed soft side, Simon at last agrees to help. Lindsay's trail takes him to Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. Along the way, he picks up sidekicks as different as Berlin private eye Kurt Ostermann and Warsaw lawyer Anastazja, but Corleone (Last Lawyer Standing, 2012, etc.) keeps the pattern reassuringly similar: Simon makes contact with criminal small fry who lead him to bigger fry; he confronts the bigger fry and demands information about Lindsay; they stonewall; bang bang bang. The most pleasing complication--everywhere in Europe Simon goes, he is himself wanted for kidnapping or related felonies--passes away when he crosses into Asia. What's left is the deep, uncomplicated pleasure of watching a skilled professional kick major ass. "What's more noble than trying to rescue an imperiled child?" Simon asks himself. Nobility is in short supply here, but this self-assessment is a lot more accurate than his reflection that "this wasn't an action movie."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410464545
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/25/2013
  • Series: A Simon Fisk Novel
  • Edition description: Large Prin
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

DOUGLAS CORLEONE is a former New York City defense attorney and winner of the MB/MWA First Crime Novel Competition. He now lives in Kapolei, Hawaii with his wife and two children.

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Chapter 1

I was resting in the rear of a taxi heading north out of the city on our way to Charles de Gaulle when I first heard the sirens. I opened my eyes and watched the red needle on the speedometer drop steadily as the driver turned the wheel to the right. In the rearview I glimpsed a half-dozen white Peugeots topped with flashing light bars bearing down on us. As we pulled to the shoulder, two of the cruisers skidded to a halt diagonally just in front of us, two boxed us in on the side, and the remaining vehicles screamed to a stop at our tail. I instinctively inventoried myself though I knew I wasn’t carrying any contraband—nothing at all that would link me to the missing boy in Bordeaux.

The driver casually rolled down his window. One of the officers poked his head in, asked the driver in French where we were going.

L’aéroport,” the driver said.

The officer nodded, glanced at me, and switched to English, speaking to the driver as though I weren’t there.

“I require your passenger to step out of the vehicle,” he said. “Slowly, always showing me his hands.”

Two younger officers stood outside the window to my right, hands on their sidearms. In the rearview I noticed several other officers taking cover behind their open car doors, their weapons already drawn.

With a sigh I slid over to the driver’s side and gently opened the door. With my hands held out before me I stepped onto the road.

“Monsieur Fisk,” the officer said as he sized me up. The rank insignia on his uniform jacket indicated he was a lieutenant, formerly known as an inspector. “I would like for you to accompany us back to Paris.”

Cautiously, I lowered my hands.

“Sorry, Lieutenant. I have a plane to catch.”

“You may return with us voluntarily or involuntarily,” he said, “it makes no difference to me.”

“Am I under arrest?”

The lieutenant made a show of gazing over my left shoulder at his officers with their drawn SIG SP 2022s.

“Does it appear to you that you are free to leave?”

I didn’t give him the satisfaction of looking behind me. Instead I pictured the route back to National Police Headquarters. If memory served, we’d be heading to Ile de la Cité, which meant passing through several areas of heavy traffic. Assuming we wouldn’t be blaring sirens all the way, we should be moving slowly enough to facilitate an escape. Perhaps on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré near the Palais de l’Elysée, a short distance from the American embassy, and thus, safety.

“All right, then,” I said. “Let’s get on with it.”

The lieutenant, whose nameplate read DAVIGNON, escorted me to the last cruiser, patted me down, and opened the rear door. He didn’t cuff me, didn’t push me roughly into the car while pretending to protect my skull. He just motioned to the inside and permitted me to seat myself. Strange, I thought. But then, I’d never been arrested in Paris. Tokyo, yes. Beijing, sure. Moscow, Oslo, Budapest. Mexico City, more than once. But never Paris. Until now.

“What about my luggage?” I said.

Davignon smirked and slammed the door.

Maybe the French police weren’t so cordial after all.

No worries. Lieutenant Davignon had left me my hands, which were more than I needed. I’d planned to make do with only my feet. At the first congested intersection, I’d summon this morning’s croissants and espresso and decorate their backseat. All I needed from them was to open my door; the rest would be up to me.

Davignon, who looked to be in his midforties, sat up front in the passenger seat. The moment we pulled off the shoulder, he turned forty-five degrees and began talking at me.

“Simon Fisk,” he said in heavily accented English, “thirty-nine years old. Born: London, England, to Alden and Tatum Fisk. One sibling: a slightly older sister named Tuesday, who was actually born six minutes after midnight on a Wednesday morning. When you were five, your father, who possessed dual U.K. and U.S. citizenship, left London for Providence, Rhode Island, taking you with him and leaving your mother and sister behind. To my knowledge, you have not seen either of them since.”

I set my jaw and glared at him through the wire.

“If you’re attempting to get a rise out of me, Lieutenant, I suggest we stop off at the nearest pharmacy and pick up a bottle of Cialis. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time.”

Davignon ignored me. “At seventeen you left home to attend American University in Washington D.C., where you majored in Justice and minored in Law and Society. While at university, you met Tasha Lynn Dunne of Richmond, Virginia, and soon fell head over heels in love, as the Americans say. Both of you graduated American with honors and married a year later in a sizable ceremony in Norfolk. Your father, Alden, wasn’t invited and didn’t attend. From there you moved back to the District of Columbia, where you began serious study and conditioning to become a United States Marshal. You submitted a flawless application, excelled in interviews, and were invited into Basic Training at FLETC in Glynco, Georgia. After seventeen and a half weeks of rigorous training, you were assigned to fugitive investigations in the D.C. field office, an assignment you yourself requested.”

I stared out the window at the unfamiliar landscape blowing by. Wherever we were making for, it wasn’t National Police Headquarters.

“After four months on the job,” Davignon continued, “you announced to your immediate supervisor that your wife, Tasha, was pregnant. Another six months after that, your daughter, Hailey, was born.”

"Enough,” I finally snapped, angry at the direction in which both the conversation and the vehicle were heading. “Where are you taking me?”

Davignon finally turned fully in his seat to face me. It was only then that I noticed just how heavy and tired his eyes looked, how his five o’clock shadow reflected an additional twelve hours or so.

“To a very private place,” he said. “Where you and I can have a long talk. And possibly come to some sort of an arrangement.”

Copyright © 2013 by Douglas Corleone

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

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    Gritty, Intense!

    Everyone makes a “personal”rule, that they do NOT stray from following. Former U.S. Marshall Simon Fisk is no different. He now tries to retrieve children “kidnapped” by a parent and taken out of the United States. His one rule, made after a devastating loss in his past is “Do not take on stranger abduction cases.” Period. When he is detained by the French police who threaten him with incarceration if he does not used his expertise to find the missing six-year-old daughter of a very wealthy and powerful American family from their hotel room in Paris. Left with no choice, but filled with the haunting memories of his past, Simon sets out a journey filled with death and deceit, across the European continent and its underbelly of child related crime. The clock is ticking and the trail is hidden beneath layers of petty crooks, dirty attorneys and powerful mob lords. Calling on past connections, finding new allies and dodging death at every turn, Simon is now determined to at least bring the closure to the grieving family that he was denied. Will Simon find young Lindsay before it’s too late? Is there more to the kidnapping than meets the eye? Will Simon find at least a partial closure to events in his past?
    Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone is a twisted maze of action, that does not quit! Not only is each scene graphic and detailed, but each character fits my mental image of the role they play. The bottom of the heap thug is brutish, the small time drug runners are creeps with over-inflated visions of grandeur. The grieving mother, facing one of the most difficult nightmares of a parent’s life will tear you apart. But it was being inside Simon’s mind that really struck a connection with me. His thoughts run rapid-fire throughout as he digested each moment and made decisions on the fly! If you like action, mystery and a chaotic thrill ride with a final 360 spin at the end, you will love Good As Gone!!

    I received this ARC edition from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press
    Minotaur Books in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

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    3.75 stars:  drama, mystery and suspense: GOOD AS GONE is the fi

    3.75 stars:  drama, mystery and suspense: GOOD AS GONE is the first storyline in Douglas Corleone’s new murder, mystery, thriller, contemporary suspense series aptly named Simon Fisk. Simon Fisk is our ‘reluctant’ hero; a former US Marshall now working as an independent contractor who searches for missing children kidnapped by estranged parents or vengeful family. But Simon also has experience when it comes to missing children, and it will be his most recent assignment that forces Simon to look deep into the eyes of every child and young teen who crosses his path.
    The storyline focuses on Simon’s hunt for six year old Lindsay Sorkin-who has disappeared during a family vacation in Paris. Simon is called into investigate the child’s disappearance and the search will take him through the gritty and murderous underbelly of post-communist Russia, Ukraine and Romania and up close and personal with the potential for treason against the US of A.
    The storyline reads similar to a Bourne adventure as our hero encounters mobsters, murderers, thieves, drug dealers and corrupted law enforcement and government officials. Yet throughout the story, Simon Fisk has the uncanny ability to find the right people at the right time while stirring up a bee’s nest of murderous and vengeful hit men. He is a man on the hunt and a man who is hunted.
    The storyline is fast paced as the reader is taken on a whirlwind tour of the ‘not so glamorous’ side of the former Eastern Bloc and communist countries. At this point I had quite a number of questions with regards to one man’s ability to get in and out of these heavily guarded countries without so much as presenting a pass port or id, but on many occasions his whereabouts and entry points were known to those in charge. Although this is a fictional storyline, the believability of a good portion of the hero’s abilities remain questionable but everyone loves a great hero.
    The writing is simple. There is more narration than dialogue as the storyline is told in first person POV from Simon Fisk’s perspective and much of the detail and investigations are wrapped up via Simon’s recounting of the events.
    The main characters are likeable. Simon is a man truly possessed by a past mired in the guilt of another missing child and it is with this guilt that he is pushed into uncovering those responsible for the missing and exploited children. A small romance is building between Simon and Ana, a Polish lawyer whom Simon meets while investigating the missing child. But this is not a romantic storyline and their one on one time in the bedroom is glossed over.
    The world building includes mention of many of the most famous and infamous missing and exploited children from recent headlines and the news; in this it gives the storyline a more plausible connection in reality but saying that, there is still plenty to question about the hero’s overall ability to find and locate one missing child among millions when the authorities themselves are lost to the investigations-but again, this is a story of fiction, mystery and suspense. At times we have to believe the unbelievable.
    Overall, GOOD AS GONE is an interesting storyline; an adventure of one man’s hunt for a missing child among millions and the guilt that drives him forward with every child that is never found. Douglas Corleone has introduced the building blocks to a new series that is sure to please the mystery and suspense lover in everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    First-rate thriller.

    First-rate thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Follow that black ZAZ

    Let's hop all over Europe getting into and out of deadly scrapes! It's a thriller, you see, exciting and thoroughly implausible.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up. I think that three

    Review originally posted at Bettering Me Up.

    I think that three stars is being a bit generous. It's more like a 2.75: better than okay, but not good enough to say that I liked it.

    The story was compelling and I wanted to keep reading, but I was constantly rolling my eyes at the melodrama and non-stop action. Seriously. Simon starts off all manly and turns into an emo teenager. He kept talking about how he hated violence, but he was constantly getting into fights with other characters.

    I have a hard time believing that all it takes is one clue or roughed-up bad guy to know the exact location where Big Bad Guy is headed. I like action in my mysteries, but this was over-the-top.

    This was a quick read, but would have been better if it were fleshed out more with another 100 or so pages. I don't think I'll be reading anything else by this author.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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