Synopses & Reviews
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.
"This fast and funny read is an original take on the bumbling-criminal genre and will appeal to fans of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen." Booklist
"Hiaasen's fans may be put off by the profusion of body parts and absence of journalistic finesse, but Lecard has great comic timing, truly twisted characters, and a plot just bizarre enough to keep the pages turning." Library Journal
"The Rube Goldberg plot is rickety but relentless, and although most ofthe cast is excruciatingly familiar, it's hard to resist dim, sweet Johnnie, especially when he seems about to find true love." Kirkus Reviews
After becoming involved in a credit-card scam with his childhood friend, Vinnie McCloskey-Schmidt, small-time Long-Island crook Johnnie LoDuco receives an unpleasant surprise during a fishing expedition when he reels in Vinnie's head, a catch that leads to a dangerous confrontation with the mafia, bounty hunters, and Vinnie's girlfriend, all of whom apparently want Vinnie's head. A first novel. 35,000 first printing.
From the twisted mind of first-timer Marc Lecard comes a darkly comic and sensational new crime masterpiece, which is quickly drawing comparisons to the best of Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard. Small-time Long Island criminal Johnnie LoDuco gets involved in a credit card scam with his childhood buddy, Vinnie McCloskey-Schmidt, that will make them all rich for life. The only problem is while out fishing one day Johnnie reels in the biggest catch of his life...Vinnies head on the end of the fishing line. Now mafia types, bounty hunters, and Vinnies girlfriend are after him, and Johnnie doesnt have a clue as to why. Plus, they all seem to want Vinnies head, but Johnnie seems to have misplaced it in an ice coolerand if he wants to live he needs to get it back.
Lecard's debut novel, a darkly comic whodunit, is quickly drawing comparisons to Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard. After Johnnie reels in the biggest catch of his life--his best friend's Vinnie's head--he finds that Mafia thugs, bounty hunters, and Vinnie's girlfriend are after him.
About the Author
Marc Lecard was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He now lives in Oakland, California with his wife, 3,000 books, and a growing collection of obsolete computers. Vinnies Head is his first novel.