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Godchild (Jack Marconi #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  275 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
He wanted justice, truth, revenge... whichever came first.
      Prison-warden-turned-P.I. Jack "Keeper" Marconi understands the criminal mind. And he knows what it takes to break a man. His own life came apart the day a black Buick broadsided his car--and his wife died horrifically in the seat beside him.
      Years later, on the eve of his second marriage, Marconi catches
Kindle Edition, 2 edition, 339 pages
Published January 21st 2011 by StoneGate Ink (first published 2000)
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May 23, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who have not yet experienced, nor heard of, Vincent Zandri, you are definitely missing out on a fabulous author. I fell in love with him through The Remains, enjoyed him through The Innocent and now luxuriated with him in Godchild. Lovers of the Thriller/Suspense genre, will feel right at home with Mr. Zandri and the dark and dank worlds in which he creates.

Godchild is the continuation of The Innocent. Though easily read as a stand-alone, this installment ties up loose ends and answers
Godchild is a mystery suspense crime thriller.

Jack "Keeper" Marconi is about to get married but before doing so, he visits the grave of his first wife, who was killed by a hit and run driver in a horrific accident. As Jack is saying his goodbyes, the Black truck with The Bald Man, pulls up and taunts Jack. However, no one believes him, not even his best friend and Jack fails to attend his wedding, leaving his bride standing at the alter. After getting drunk and shooting up a bar, Jack is asked t
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Apr 30, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: PUYB; Vincent Zandri
Vincent Zandri, in my opinion, has got to be THE best thriller/suspense novelist out there. All his books reach out, grab you into the story, and put you on a roller coaster of up,downs, twists and turns like never before. He uses skillful writing, life-like characters, and plot lines that leave you thirsting for more. He's unforgettable characters become one with the reader, as the reader follows along and feels as if Zandri uses them for the plot line. It becomes real. It becomes incredibly re ...more
Benjamin Sobieck
Jun 03, 2011 Benjamin Sobieck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The noir genre and I have an uneasy relationship. On the one hand, pitch black noir can entertain like no other. The characters are always in varying degrees of damnation, the violence is brutal, the alcohol/drug abuse is ubiquitous and nothing about the plot is as it seems.

On the other hand, there are certain noir stereotypes that never go away. If you've read one, you've read them all. There's the PI with the tortured past who drinks too much. There's the female in need of saving from somethin
Feb 24, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is completely insane. I like it.

But...what the fuck is up with the fake foreword about the author disappearing mysteriously?
Vincent Zandri
Mar 24, 2009 Vincent Zandri rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Wrote this one too...
Jan 04, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
GODCHILD by Vincent Zandri

Published by StoneGate, Ink


At the request of the author, a galley PDF version was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Snyopsis (borrowed from Amazon): He wanted justice, truth, revenge...whichever came first.

Prison-warden-turned-P.I. Jack "Keeper" Marconi understands the criminal mind. And he knows what it takes to break a man. His own life came apart the day a black Buick broadsided his car--and his wife died horrifically in the seat beside
Ronald Roseborough
This is a hard hitting, no holds barred, full throttle detective story. I'm reminded of Mickey Spillane's, Mike Hammer. As written in the books, not the watered down television version. P.I. Jack "Keeper" Marconi, was a former warden for a maximum security prison in New York. Lately he has been nursing a bottle and carrying a ton of guilt since his wife was killed. Their car was center punched by a hit & run driver in a black Buick. Marconi saw his wife die when her head was severed as she w ...more
This is the first book of his I have read. And it was just as suspenseful as I had hoped it would be. It didnt take long to get hooked into the story and characters. And the story kept moving at a great pace though out the book.

The characters were complex but interesting and full of secrets that added to the story. Obviously you follow Keeper though the story. But why did seeing the man he thought killed his wife, keep him from getting married two years later. Why is this woman on the run in Mex
Benoit Lelièvre
May 03, 2013 Benoit Lelièvre rated it really liked it
Well, that was addictive. Think of GODCHILD as Raymond Chandler meets Andrew Klavan. It's very different from its predecessor THE INNOCENT, it doesn't have its grimness or its originality, but GODCHILD compensates with terrific characters and a wild, sprawling adventure, all over "the territory", as Mark Twain would say.

Keeper, who was a prison warden in the first novel, is now a private investigation who sounds just a little bit like Philip Marlowe, except he's living in an underworld full of c
Cyn Bagley
Jun 01, 2011 Cyn Bagley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"Keeper" Marconi's wedding day is ruined when the black SUV that killed his first wife shows up at the gravesite, while Marconi is saying goodbye to his dead wife. A few years before a black SUV with a bald driver rammed into the side of the passenger's side, decapitating his wife.

In Mexico Renata Barnes has been caught by Mexican soldiers while acting as a "burrier," which is a combination drug mule and courier. Keeper is hired to break Renata out of one of the most notorious prisons in Mexico
Dec 12, 2015 Chuck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plotting of this book is bad. There are way too many convenient coincidences. There are also too many over-the-top scenes. For example, the protagonist, Keeper Marconi, is railroaded into a psychiatric hospital. The only medical staff is a single, sadistic psychiatrist who tortures him by sticking needles into his gonads. The orderly who is the psychiatrist's main assistant is also a sadist who forces patients to give him oral sex, and who masturbates while watching his boss torture Marconi. ...more
Feb 02, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another great story. Twists and turns enough to keep everyone guessing. A page turner for sure. Need to read this series in order. Very gritty, well written and just as captivating as book One! Loved it!!
Sep 17, 2010 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should have read "As Catch Can" first I guess. Mr. Zandri is of the school where the more physical injuries the hero suffers the better. Therefore, this is not a book for those with a weak stomach.
Apr 06, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bought
Loved all the unpredictable twist and turns in this sequel book that will have you cheering in the end! Be prepared to want to read this book from begining to end without putting it down. Another excellent book by Vincent!
May 31, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner for Zandri...I really enjoy this series and wish it would continue. The main character is very likeable and the books are intelligently written.
Aug 29, 2011 Cheryl marked it as to-read
from a Goodreads ad. This is book 2. The Innocent is book 1.
I really had a hard time getting into this book.
Kyle  Anne Uniss
decent, but Very Dark.
Jun 14, 2016 Ig-88 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 23, 2011 Marta Ward rated it it was amazing
Fast paced ride. Surprise ending.
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