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Small-time Long Island criminal, Johnnie LoDuco, after giving up a promising career as a smut peddler, gets involved with some friends who rob a convenience store, get caught because they are too stoned to make a getaway, and then pin all the blame on him. And when his childhood buddy Vinnie bails him out of jail, he agrees to partake in a scam Vinnie has put together that will make them all rich. The only problem is: while out fishing one day Johnnie reels in the biggest catch of his life... Vinnie's head ...
Small-time Long Island criminal, Johnnie LoDuco, after giving up a promising career as a smut peddler, gets involved with some friends who rob a convenience store, get caught because they are too stoned to make a getaway, and then pin all the blame on him. And when his childhood buddy Vinnie bails him out of jail, he agrees to partake in a scam Vinnie has put together that will make them all rich. The only problem is: while out fishing one day Johnnie reels in the biggest catch of his life... Vinnie's head on the end of the fishing line. Now mafia types, bounty hunters, and Vinnie's girlfriend are after him, and Johnnie LoDuco doesn't have a clue as to why. Plus, they all seem to want Vinnie's head, but Johnnie seems to have misplaced it in an ice cooler—and if he wants to live he needs to get it back.
"Alfredo Garcia has nothing on Vinnie McCloskey-Schmidt. But the head we need concern ourselves with sits atop Marc Lecard's neck—it teems with gruesome and unsettling things which he is able, like a literary Chas Addams, to spill constructively onto the page. 'Vinnie's Head' is the most entertaining crime novel I've read in a long time." --Scott Phillips, bestselling author of THE ICE HARVEST
"I loved this book and if you wanted a blend of 'BRING ME THE HEAD OF HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA'... and THE SOPRANOS... but with dazzling writing and mesmerizing characters... this book is it and so much much more, a dark diamond of that rarity... sheer readability... you don't realize how well crafted the writing is till you've read the novel in one straight sitting... debuts don't come any better than this." --Ken Bruen, shamus award-winning author of THE GUARDS
"What a setup—this book had me *hooked* on page one! And the twists just kept coming...and growing more twisted every time. VINNIE'S HEAD totally screwed with mine! It's The Sopranos on acid, Elmore Leonard on crack, Pulp Fiction on poppers, Carl Hiaasen on magic mushrooms chased down with a fifth of tequila. After reading it, I had to check into rehab!" --Steve Hockensmith, author of HOLMES ON THE RANGE
“Marc Lecard's savagely funny, fast-paced debut is — forgive me —
head and shoulders over the competition. You'll love Johnnie LoDucco,
the ultimate fall guy who tries to help an old friend, only to find
himself way over his you-know-what." —Duane Swierczynski, author of THE BLONDE
Posted March 31, 2008
Poor Johnny LoDuco. He's not a bad guy, a bit of a petty criminal and a bit too naive for his own good, but he sure stumbles into a mess of trouble in Marc Lecard's debut novel, 'Vinnie's Head.' I'm not much of a mystery buff--can you believe I went to the library to take out 'Girl With a Pearl Earring?--but this title and zany book cover caught my eye and it had so many laughs, twists and turns, that I just couldn't put it down. Lecard is wonderful at giving a voice to Long Island low-lifes and even makes a serial killer who collects heads for trophies a sympathetic character. If you enjoy fast-paced reading with plenty of laughs and mystery, this is a great book to pick up.
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Posted December 9, 2008
He just got out of jail when Long Island based criminal Johnnie LoDuco finds a need to hide as he is sought by law enforcement as a party of interest in a convenience store robbery that he had no involvement in. While hiding Johnnie goes fishing only to reel in the head of his best friend, Vinnie McCloskey-Schmidt.--------------- He is stunned to pull in a severed head especially that of Vinnie, as he was going to see his buddy soon re a credit card scam that they discussed before his incarceration. Even more shocking, everyone seems to want Vinnie¿s head and no one minds if they take Johnnie¿s too. Cops, bounty hunters, mobsters and his late friend¿s girlfriend come for the head of Vinnie McCloskey-Schmidt as Johnny struggles with what is happening. If he stays on the lam he will have no idea what is going on if he tries to learn what is going on he will become a sitting duck.---------------- This is a zany crime caper starring an antihero and a horde of purposely created caricatures who¿s seemingly only reason to live is to come after Johnny. The story line is fast-paced with one misadventure leading to another as various groups and individuals ranging the criminal gamut from crooked cops to a local serial killer to a sinister international cartel compete for VINNIE¿S HEAD.------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.