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Vengeance Road (Jack Gannon #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  565 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews

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.
Jolene Peller, a single mom struggling to build a new life with her little boy, vanishes the night she tries to find Bernice.
Hero cop Karl Styebeck is beloved by his community, but privately police are uneasy with the answers he gives to
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 15th 2012 by Harlequin Mira (first published March 13th 2012)
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Aug 14, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vengeance Road is a suspenseful ‘hold-your-breath’ ride, with twists and turns at breakneck speed!

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
Dec 24, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Jack Gannon series from author Rick Mofina, "Vengeance Road" is a dark, and twisted thriller. Jack Gannon is the ace crime reporter for the Buffalo Sentinel. Once nominated for a Pulitzer, Gannon is the best at what he does. The Buffalo Police Department has been called out to a dead body found at Ellicot Creek. Something very out of the norm for this area. The body of Bernice Tina Hogan has been partially buried in a very grisly manner. Police are keeping the scene off lim ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this author when I must have a good thriller to read. He keeps his language as clean as possible, and there are no overt sexual scenes in this book. His writing mechanics are excellent. This book was almost two books because the action could have stopped midway, but Mr. Mofina had more to give me, his reader.

I like Jack Gannon, a news reporter new to me. Cops and reporters are joined at the hip by necessity, but reporter Jack Gannon is the guy who saves endangered persons through his te
Apr 10, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rt2010, kindle, 2016-read
I am not sure what I expected from this book, but if I had known how good it was going to be, I would have read it a lot earlier. This is a fast-paced thriller and our twist is that our investigator is not a cop, not a PI, but a reporter. Jack Gannon is a good reporter and when a woman's dead body is discovered brutalized, Jack doesn't hesitate to get involved. He gets inside information that a cop is involved but when he goes public with the story the paper gets backlash. Jack refuses to reveal ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Ric marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on

Wow. Spare, concise writing, and compelling story-telling. This is reading heaven, isn't it? At least that's how the book starts. Then, somewhere around chapter 40, things turn horribly, horribly bad. As in scary bad. What do I mean? Let me explain.

It begins with Rick Mofina and his Goodreads blurb:

Rick Mofina is a former journalist and an award-winning author of several acclaimed thrillers. His reporting has put him face-to-face with murderers on death row in Montana and Texas. He has covered a
Crystal Starr Light
"You don't let go. You don't let up."
NOTE: I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program

Jack Gannon works as a reporter at the Buffalo Sentinel. He catches wind of the murder of a troubled former nursing student and decides to investigate. But as he does, he gets into more and more murky waters as one of the top suspects ends up being an upstanding police officer.

I Liked:
Rick Mofina doesn't spend an excess of time on details. His writing is pretty cut and dry, minimal details needed
Oct 07, 2009 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
I really enjoyed Vengeance Road. Having never read R. Mofina before I was leary of the "international best-seller" tag on the cover. But Mofina writes brillantly. He is a former crime reporter and translates his expertise into fiction wonderfully. I couldn't put this book down. Although this is a murder, supense, fiction, the crime wasn't terribly graphic and descriptive. I appreciated that, because some authors go a little too far with what happened.

The story follows Jack Gannon, a reporter fo
Amy Corwin
Jan 02, 2012 Amy Corwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Vengeance Road is a thick book :)387 pages worth, and I only mention that because I'm not always in the mood for that kind of time investment. But Vengeance Road really is a page-turner. It hooks you and moves swiftly, without a lot of maundering about. Not a word, not a phrase is wasted. The characters seem real to you, like your neighbors and whether you like or dislike them, you can't help wanting to know what is going to happen with them.

The main character is Jack Gannon, a Buffalo NY report
Debby Kratky
A wild ride

Rick Mofina keeps the action moving from one page to the next. Jack Gannon is a 21st century hero! Now, on to The Panic Zone.
Teena in Toronto
Jolene is a former hooker who has turned her life around and is moving to Florida to start a new life with her young son. She tries one last time to convince her friend, Bernice, also a hooker to do the same. But then Bernice is found dead and Jolene disappears, her bus ticket unused.

Jack Gannon is a reporter who had once had bright future. He put his dreams on hold when his parents were killed in a car accident. He missed his opportunity and is still a reporter for a newspaper in Buffalo. He is
Bev Walkling
4.5 stars
I've read books 1-3 in the Jack Gannon Series over the past week and found them all to be the kind that grab my attention and keep me reading just about non-stop. I actually read them out of order and just read Vengeance Road, the first Jack Gannon book today. There is a story arc that runs through these three books but I didn't feel I missed much by reading them out of order.Jack Gannon is an investigative reporter who doesn't quit once he has a lead on a story even if it gets him in t
Leslie Mesmer
Feb 11, 2014 Leslie Mesmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book makes me think of Hitchcock in the book world. Masterfully crafted to keep you on the edge of your seat.
This is the second book of Rick Mofina's books that I have read and it was just as much a thrill ride as the first. From the moment you pick it up it captures you and does not let up until the very end.
I love the fact that although this story is about a brutally murdered prostitute and the disappearance of another woman it is told with very minor descriptions of the brutality, more
Mar 31, 2015 Ladory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I really got sucked into this story! I'm a definite new fan of Rick Mofina. This is the second book of his that I have read. Cold Fear was the first. He really knows how news organizations work along with police departments, and how to build a multifaceted story with many realistic characters--most likely drawn from his own life experiences. I like the way he can describe a gruesome scene leaving most the gory details to our own imaginations. He does not overdo the blood and gore, altho it ...more
Aug 23, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vengeance Road – 5 Stars
Rick Mofina
Mira Books, 2009, 396 Pages

Jack Gannon is a first rate reporter at The Buffalo Sentinel. When he hears a call on the newspaper’s scanner for the Medical Examiner and no one at the paper was paying attention he decided to investigate himself even though he wasn’t on the cop-desk duty. The body of Bernice Hogan, a former nursing student with a tragic past, is found in a shallow grave.

Jack is able to obtain an interview with the two women who discove
Sheila Beaumont
This is the first book by Rick Mofina I've read, and I'll certainly be seeking out more of them. A former crime reporter himself, Mofina has the experience to create a convincing suspense tale featuring Buffalo Sentinel reporter Jack Gannon, who has ambitions of landing a reporting job in New York City.

He is determined to discover the truth behind the murder of a prostitute and former nursing student, Bernice Hogan, who was taking steps toward cleaning up her life, and the disappearance of her f
Oct 05, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jolene Peller used to be into drugs and prostitution. She is done with all that and is changing her life around. A big reason for the change has to do with her son. He is the most important thing to her. Jolene wants her friend Bernice Hogan to quit her old life as well. Bernice doesn’t want to change. Jolene has a bad feeling that something has happened to Bernice. Jolene is walking down towards the forest creek, when she hears a woman scream and it sounds like Bernice. Before Jolene can take a ...more
Lauren K
Apr 14, 2012 Lauren K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Okay, I think this is the first book that falls solely into the crime genre that I have read and I’m glad Mofina’s is the first I picked up because I was not disappointed. I have read humorous crime, romantic suspense and plenty of stories with crime elements, but this book is all about the crime without the romance and humour which would normally draw me in.

Vengeance Road is a gripping crime thriller that had me turning the pages and saying oh, just one more chapter before I put it down. The ch
Jul 04, 2016 Yemic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that's what I call investigate reporting, a really good read. To be honest I went into it with biased and was not expecting it to be that good. Everything about the book is just fabulous, the author did a good job with the pacing, character development back and present story also has a way of putting the reads on edge with suspence. Jack Gannon is a tenacious reporter who does not take no for an answer even if it causes him his job.
Jan 24, 2016 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read only one other Rick Mofina book (Six Seconds) which I loved. This one, not so much. It was pretty good but but just didn't really grab me. The Jack Gannon character has heaps of potential. He is a good journalist, is honourable and relentless in his pursuit of the truth. I guess I thought it was a bit predictable. However, I shall keep reading because I think Rick Mofina has some good ideas.
Fran Hansen
Aug 03, 2016 Fran Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is second book by Mr Mofina that I've read and it won't be the last. In fact, I'm thinking of stArting at the beginning and read them all. I love his writing style, so matter of fact and easy going while giving the story an awesome pace and making you turn the pages quickly. I highly recommend this and all of his books. You won't be disappointed I assure you
Aug 24, 2014 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Jack Gannon works for the Sentinel, a newspaper based in New York. Much like journalist Mikael Blomkvist in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jack Gannon went all in on a court case that he didn't have all the right evidence for. Jack spends the rest of the story redeeming himself by getting the proof to the information he knows is fact. The top news media companies are racing against Jack to break the story of murdered girls. It felt like the book didn't have to go on as long as it did. it was nearl ...more
Zoe Jussel
Sep 08, 2015 Zoe Jussel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My third Rick Mofina book to which I am giving 4 stars for suspense, mystery, intelligence and an unusual subject matter. I really like this writer and am going to suck up all his other books, one at a time. Only one other did I give a 3 thus far.When I put a book down now and then and read more slowly in order to make a story last, I know it is my kind of mystery.
Aug 07, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read!

I first found Rick Mofina when I read Cold Fear, mainly because it was set in one of my favorite places, Glacier National Park. I have since read several more of his books and have never been disappointed! I highly recommend you give his books a try, and this is a good one to start with!
Jul 04, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who likes a book with pace, action and suspense will enjoy Vengeance Road; the first in a new series. It’s a well-written, straightforward murder mystery with an affable protagonist. Jack Gannon is a reporter for the Buffalo Sentinel, looking for a good story and his big break, which is how he ends up involved trying to solve the gruesome murder of one woman and the disappearance of another. The stakes are raised when his investigation reveals a highly respected decorated cop may be the p ...more
Holly Morey
Sep 24, 2015 Holly Morey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me hooked from the beginning. Jack Gannon is an excellent reporter who wants to work in New York City. He is following the grisly murder of a young woman, when he finds out that her friend is missing. Jack believes that both these incidents lead to a police officer. This story is well written and scary in it realism.
Nov 30, 2015 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great murder mystery. Beleaguered hero fired for protecting source. Lots of prostitutes, all very respectful of those who leave the life. Dangerous respectable people. Back story of horrifying proportions. Hints of the outcome let reader in on secrets early. How will it work out? Cheer for our hero.
Scott T Tracey
Feb 23, 2016 Scott T Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific story.

Certainly a page Turner! I was impressed by the authors ability to weave the multiple layers of his novel without confusing the main story. So now I am a fan of Mr Mofina's writing.
Apr 12, 2015 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giallo veramente appassionante e intrigante.
Pieno di colpi di scena, accattivante e inquietante.
Unica "pecca": nessuna storia d'amore (parlo da inguaribile romantica ;) )
Ozetta Goodwin
Nov 17, 2015 Ozetta Goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good crime fiction story

Love this author. This story is different because it is being investigated by a reported one step ahead of the police. Keeps you interested and reading.
Georgiann Hennelly
Vengeance road is a suspenseful story.With plenty of twists and turns. Although this is a murder, suspense, fiction , story the crime wasn,t terribly graphic and descripitive. The story follows Jack Gannon a reporter for the Buffalo Sentinel. He lost his siter too? He is following the story of a murdered prostitute in a local park somehow a local police hero is implicated in the crime . As Gannon persues the police hero stories start to change and history comes to the forefront. Can Karl Styebec ...more
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Rick Mofina is a former journalist and an award-winning author of several acclaimed thrillers. His reporting has put him face-to-face with murderers on death row in Montana and Texas. He has covered a horrific serial-killing case in California and an armored car-heist in Las Vegas, flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD Air Support Division and gone on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police n ...more
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