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Good As Gone (Simon Fisk #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  454 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
From acclaimed writer Douglas Corleone comes this heart-pounding tale of international intrigue about a man whose mission is to find a young girl who is as GOOD AS GONE…

Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk now works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: He won't touch stranger abduc
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published August 20th 2013)
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Everyone makes a “personal”rule, that they do NOT stray from following. Former U.S. Marshall Simon Fisk is no different. He now tries to retrieve children “kidnapped” by a parent and taken out of the United States. His one rule, made after a devastating loss in his past is “Do not take on stranger abduction cases.” Period. When he is detained by the French police who threaten him with incarceration if he does not used his expertise to find the missing six-year-old daughter of a very wealthy and ...more
May 28, 2013 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced thriller, and am looking forward to reading the author's backlist. The main character, Simon Fisk, was damaged, yet very likeable. The storyline was action packed, keeping me captivated all the way through.

Simon Fisk recovers children who have been kidnapped by their own parents. Simon, a former U.S. Marshall, lost all when his daughter was kidnapped, and due to that, he never takes on stranger abduction cases. Just finishing up a case in France, Simon is ta
Ia Uaro
Aug 18, 2013 Ia Uaro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Book title: Good As Gone
Series: Simon Fisk Novels (Book 1)
Author: Douglas Corleone
Publisher: Minotaur Books; St. Martins
ISBN-10: 1250017203 ISBN-13: 978-1250017208

6-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears in the middle of the night from a Paris resort-style hotel room. The National Police doesn’t want a media circus which will endanger Lindsay’s life as well as the country’s reputation; therefore Simon Fisk’s expertise is quietly sought.

Simon i
May 17, 2013 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 05, 2013 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good As Gone is a thriller by Douglas Corleone. His protagonist is Simon Fisk. The story starts with Simon in France being arrested, but he's not being taken to jail. Instead they take him to a house where he's asked to find a missing girl who's been abducted. They ask him because they know who he is, a former United States Marshall. His own daughter was abducted and after that, he became the person who searched for children who were taken by a parent.

This child, Lindsay Sorkin, was not abducted
TJ Norris
I received this book as part of a Goodread's giveaway contest. The book sounded right up my alley, but the novel was mediocre, at best. The general concept of the story had potential. It reminded me a tad of the film Taken with Liam Neeson. Unfortunately, the story turns out completely lackluster. The problem is that everything is a little too easy in the book. The trail of clues is found one after another with zero investigation and more by sheer luck. The logic is lacking, as well. The main ch ...more
Cheri Meyer
May 05, 2013 Cheri Meyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won Good As Gone on goodreads. What a great win that was. I am in love with the main character Simon Fisk. Things do not come easy or always go well for Simon but he is determined to do the right thing. He takes recovering kidnapped kids to a new level and I hope this is the start of a new series. Beware, once you start you will not be able to put the book dpown.
Apr 06, 2013 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic -- grabs the reader immediately and doesn't let up. This is the 4th book I've read by Corleone. He's a master of the genre. Without giving anything away, the climax is both nerve-wracking and heart-wrenching. Highly recommend.
Kathy Martin
Jul 21, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simon Fisk has lived through every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter was abducted and has never been found. His wife committed suicide but Simon,. former US Marshal, now locates children taken by non-custodial parents and brings them home. He is stopped by the police in Paris and forced to help them locate six-year-old Lindsey Sorkin. The French police don't want the scandal of losing another foreign child. Simon doesn't care about the police but he does care about the little g ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Thrilling Race to Recover a Kidnapped Child

Former US Marshal Simon Fisk has just recovered another kidnapped child in France and is heading home when he's detained by the French Police. Six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin has disappeared from the suite where she was staying with her parents. They are distraught. The police give Fisk an option: go to jail for smuggling the child he recovered out of France, or help find Lindsay. Simon avoids looking for kidnapped children unless an estranged parent is
May 18, 2013 Whitney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Today I'm reviewing a book from Netgalley called Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone.

Good As Gone is the story of former U.S. Marshall Simon Fisk who now retrieves children kidnapped by an estranged parent and taken to foreign countries. Fisk's one rule is that he won't work stranger abductions, having lost his daughter years ago in an unsolved case. However that is about to change, because to avoid a prison sentence in France, Fisk accepts a job searching fo
May 26, 2013 Steph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, first-reads, 2-stars
I got this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

This is probably the most excited I've ever been to win a book from a giveaway. The plot sounded fantastic and like something I could very well dive into. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out so for me. I had such a hard time getting through this book, but I decided to stick it out just because I was curious to see what would happen to Lindsay Sorkin (which I wasn't expecting what did actually happen with her, by the way.) This novel didn't seem to have mu
May 26, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book is about Simon Fisk. He is a former US marshal who's daughter was kidnaped and never found. Years later, he is working as a private contractor who will only take cases of children who have been taken by there own parent, no stranger cases. When the French police come to him and tell him that due to some extreme actions the he took during a pervious case, they will give him one of two options: 1 Help them find a girl who has been kidnapped by a stranger, or 2 go to jail. He takes option ...more
Dotty Morefield
Jul 06, 2013 Dotty Morefield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning -- don't start GOOD AS GONE at night or you'll be losing a lot of sleep. This is one of those books that you simply have to read "one more chapter" all the way to the end. Simon Fisk is as real, believable and vulnerable as any character you're likely to find. His race across countries, and against time to find a kidnapped child will have you holding your breath -- and the climax will come as both a shock and surprise. GOOD AS GONE is as good as it gets. Can't wait for the next one. Reme ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Rieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad for Douglas Corleone. I'm pretty sure he spent hours and hours writing and I read this book entirely in les than 24! Excellent read. Well done.
Jul 30, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago, Simon Fisk’s six-year-old daughter Hailey was abducted from the family home, never to be seen again. Devastated by grief and guilt, his wife Tasha committed suicide a short while later. For the last ten years, Simon has tried to outrun his demons by tracking down children unlawfully abducted by non-custodial parents, wanting to spare others the grief of losing a child Simon had to experience himself. However, he has never had to deal with abduction by strangers, so when he is appr ...more
Laura Phelps
May 24, 2013 Laura Phelps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Astounding read. By far the best Thriller I've ever read.

Simon Fisk is a former US Marshal now chasing after children who have been abducted by a parent, much like he had been as a child. What he doesn't do, however, is involve himself in cases where a stranger has kidnapped a child, because it is much too painful. His daughter was taken from him years ago by a stranger, and his wife soon committed suicide. When Lieutenant Davignon threatens him with prison if he doesn't take such a case, howeve
May 27, 2013 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance readers' edition of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book was a pretty quick read with action from the start. The narrator, Simon Fisk, puts the reader into the mind of a man who lost a part of himself when his daughter went missing. The similarities that he mentions between his wife and Lori Sorkin (the woman whose daughter he is looking for) tell how painful it still is to think about the disappearance of his daughter, Hailey.

This book was excellent
Apr 30, 2013 Kritika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
So, I won this book from goodreads, and I cannot tell you how amazing it is, and how glad I was to win it! This book is an amazing read! (Word of warning: Once you start, there is no putting it down!) The main character is so real! I like how the author does not make the main character (Simon Fisk) seem different from any normal human being. Simon's pain is real, and what he feels, can be felt by the reader as well. The loss of Simon's daughter was a big motif in the book, and it spurred Simon t ...more
Colleen Estep
May 19, 2013 Colleen Estep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!! A fast paced, page turning thriller that kept me involved from page 1. Meet Simon Fisk, who use to be a US Marshall, he now finds children who were abducted by a parent and taken out of the country. While on one of these retrieval missions his own 6 year old daughter is taken. The man who could find other missing children could not find his own. This leads to the suicide of his wife that he loved so much.
Now a couple are vacationing in Paris and their 6 year old daughter is taken from the
Aug 27, 2013 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read my full review:

My opinion: While I felt this book was entertaining, fast paced and action packed, I did find it a bit too "melodramatic" for my liking. Think 70's private eye TV show, where the detective is way to cool, easy going and, basically, bullet proof. There was almost a feel of cliche to his character. While I will say that, I wont' say that it went as deep as downright cheesy.

On that note, I have to say that I whipped through the book because it kept me enter
Kyle Joseph
Oct 23, 2016 Kyle Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very good and interesting. This book instantly pulled me in and I didn't want to stop reading it. When Andrew Gross says it goes from zero to sixty in under six seconds and doesn't let off the gas, well he is right. I wasn't expecting the ending to the book, but I was happy with the way it ended.
May 26, 2013 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very exciting thriller that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Simon Fisk was a great character who brought so many intense feeling to this reader. The other characters were well written & made you love them or hate them. I stayed up all night to finish this book & would recommend it to other. I am now a fan Mr. Corleone!
April Thompson
Quick read, but a complete let down. Majority of the story, I felt bored. Perhaps I expected more from a novel that claimed to be a thriller. There was not much that thrilled me throughout the book. I knew I continued to read until the end merely to find out if the main character Simon was able to locate the kidnapped child.
Brittany Tedder
Aug 18, 2013 Brittany Tedder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a really good novel. It's about former U.S. Marshal Simon Risk who is put on the case to find an abducted girl who disappeared from her hotel room. Fisk goes across Europe to search for the girl. This novel keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Jul 03, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! It takes the reader on the most exciting trip through Eastern Europe and constantly keeps you guessing. Can't wait to pick up the next book in the series!
Laureen (Ms. Bibliophile)
Tense and exciting. The book wasn't stuffed with nonessential stuff, and everything served to push the story forward. This was excellently written.

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Jul 15, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i thought it was one of the best thrillers i have ever read.
Sep 15, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

GOOD AS GONE is the first storyline in Douglas Corleone’s new murder, mystery, thriller, contemporary suspense series aptly named Simon Fisk. Simon Fisk is our ‘reluctant’ hero; a former US Marshall now working as an independent contractor who searches for missing children kidnapped by estranged parents or vengeful family. But Simon also has experience when it comes to missing children, and it will be his most recent assignment that forces Simon to look deep into the eyes of every chil
Jennifer Boyce
Jan 20, 2014 Jennifer Boyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, thriller

I received this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. Although it took a while for this book to be delivered to me, once I got it I was very glad to have the opportunity to read it. This book was a fast-paced and thrilling read. I was hanging on the edge of my seat from the beginning of the book until almost the very end.

The book begins with the apprehension of Simon Fisk by the French police. His help is wanted to track down an abducted American girl, Li
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Douglas Corleone is the highly acclaimed and award-winning author of contemporary thrillers. His debut novel, ONE MAN'S PARADISE, introducing hotshot defense attorney Kevin Corvelli was a finalist for the 2010 Shamus Award for Best First Novel and winner of the 2009 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. Corleone's other novels in the Kevin Corvelli series include NIGHT ...more
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