Vengeance Road (Jack Gannon Series #1)

Vengeance Road (Jack Gannon Series #1)

by Rick Mofina
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Vengeance Road (Jack Gannon Series #1) by Rick Mofina

The murder of a brokenhearted woman…

The body of Bernice Hogan, a troubled young former nursing student with a tragic past, is found in a shallow grave near a forest creek.

…and the chilling disappearance of her friend…

Jolene Peller, a single mom struggling to build a new life with her little boy, vanishes the night she tries to find Bernice.

…raise questions about their ties to a respected detective…

Hero cop Karl Styebeck is beloved by his community, but privately police are uneasy with the answers he gives to protect the life—and the lie—he's lived.

…and lead to one journalist's obsession to find the truth…

The case haunts Jack Gannon, a gritty, blue-collar reporter whose own sister ran away from their family years ago. Gannon risks more than his job to pursue the story behind Styebeck's dark secret, his link to the women, and the mysterious big rig roaming America's loneliest highways on its descent into eternal darkness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778326380
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Jack Gannon Series , #1
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rick Mofina is a former crime reporter and the award-winning author of several acclaimed thrillers. He's interviewed murderers face-to-face on death row; patrolled with the LAPD and the RCMP. His true crime articles have appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Reader’s Digest and Penthouse. He's reported from the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, Qatar and Kuwait's border with Iraq. For more information please visit

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Vengeance Road (Jack Gannon Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JTomCooper More than 1 year ago
Jack Gannon is a reporter with a Buffalo newspaper. Jack was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, but narrowly missed receiving the award. He is always looking for a story that might still win him this coveted prize. A mutilated woman is found in a park area and with no immediate suspects, Jack begins to work out who might have done this. A decorated and respected policeman becomes the prime suspect because of video evidence that he had been talking to her prior to her disappearance. Then another woman is missing and it becomes a challenge to see how the suspected policeman could have been involved. All the evidence seems to point to this suspect, but Jack digs deeper and discovers a three generation family horror story. As he gets closer to the answer, he also gets in more and more danger to himself. The exciting ending of this book finally puts all the pieces together for Jack. To say more would ruin the story for you, but this is another example of the author's genius at putting together one great thriller after another. Don't start it at night, as you might not want to go to sleep until you have finished it.
Titokaca More than 1 year ago
Great book! First book in a long time that I stayed up late to finish. I've only read one other of Rick Mofina's books. Now that I finished Vengeance Road I am picking out another one to read!
ruthwh More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and now want to read more Jack Gannon series. I like the way Rick Mofina has short chapters!
CherylKayeTardif More than 1 year ago
Jack Gannon, a reporter for The Buffalo Sentinel, investigates the brutal murder of one prostitute and the disappearance of another, a woman who had picked herself off the street and cleaned up her life. The investigation points to one suspect-hero cop Karl Styebeck, a man with a secret past brimming with violence. Then there's the mysterious blue rig that haunts the highways. How is it connected to Styebeck and the victims? As Gannon digs deeper, he risks losing everything-his career, his reputation and his future. With help from Adell Clark, a former FBI agent turned PI, Gannon gets the inside scoop on the murder investigation. But this puts Gannon and Adell in jeopardy of losing more than their jobs. Author Rick Mofina has crafted the kind of protagonist that readers will yearn to read more about. Jack Gannon is tough but flawed, and he's like a pit-bull who won't let go. In some ways, he's emotionally disconnected, but the disappearance of his own sister years ago, pushes him onward. I hope the author continues with this character and his back-story. I'd love to see a series! I think this is my favorite Rick Mofina novel yet! Vengeance Road is a gritty, top-notch thriller, with glimpses of evil thrown in to keep you turning those pages. Mofina's former career as a crime reporter keeps the writing concise and descriptive, the characters well developed and defined, and the dialogue true and believable. Vengeance Road is a suspenseful 'hold-your-breath' ride, with twists and turns at breakneck speed. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heart-pounding race against time. ~Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author of Divine Intervention
harstan More than 1 year ago
Buffalo Sentinel veteran reporter Jack Gannon hears the buzz over the scanner and knows something ugly is going down in a park. He knows he is ancient history with his highlight film in the past and his work on a daily print newspaper a dinosaur nearing extinction, but he goes to cover the story. Someone murdered former nursing student Bernice Hogan. Jack is told by someone inside the investigation whom he trusts but cannot name that the prime suspect is highly regarded cop Karl Styebeck, the head of this murder inquiry. Jack writes the story, which leads to fiftyish Mary Peller informing him her twenty six year old daughter, a single mom of a three year old child, is missing and connected to Bernice. Jack's editor demands he give up his source, but he refuses; he is suspended. However, though he is about to be unemployed he keeps digging because he knows Jolene will be next. This is a super journalistic investigative suspense thriller with several great plausible twists. Jack is a throwback reporter to those 1940s movies who as his missing sister and Mary noted he never gives up. Fans will relish his exploits in Buffalo and elsewhere as he may be unemployed but has a save a stranger driving him onward. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although you see it coming, it is exciting to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Fast paced and a story that prompts, "just one more chapter, one more chapter", until a great conclusion. Definately would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner! One of the author's best. Highly recommended!
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Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this thriller from start to finish. Jack Gannon is a relentless reporter working in a Buffalo newspaper. He gets involved with covering a homicide in the park. A streetwalker was murdered in a ritual sort of way. By accident Jack learns that a Detective is the main suspect. Through various resources, Jack is able to come up with the identity of the detective. He lets the paper know that he wants to run a story about the detective as the main suspect in the paper. His editor is reluctant because Jack refuses to give up his source. Jack persuades the editor to go with it anyway. After the story runs, the police "semi" deny that a detective is about to be charged. This enrages the paper's owner who has Jack suspended and makes the paper run a retraction. In the meantime a woman had come to Jack to please try to help her find her daughter who has disappeared. Jack makes a discovery that the woman's daughter is somehow linked to the dead streetwalker. Jack is forced to work as a freelancer since he is later fired from the job after a confrontation with the suspected detective. His investigation leads him to a mystery that spans three generations and sends Jack on trips to Canada and around the US. The story never gets boring and the tension is rife as Jack tries to find the woman's daughter before she too is murdered. A real page turner that is impossible to put down.