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Vinnie's Head

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  100 ratings  ·  15 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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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A mystery wrapped around a severed head filled with a lot of dark humor and enough whacked out characters to fill a ward at Bellvue Mental Hospital. What is not to like about a book like that? The ending does tend to go out with more of a whimper than a bang however.Almost kicking out a full four, as opposed to the three I gave it, star review Marc Lecard does a very good job with this novel.
Everything that could go wrong with this guy, did. He is totally clueless and fun to read about. Another crazy read.
SETTING: Long Island

Johnnie LoDuco isn't really a bad guy. He's just a fellow that gets involved in dubious events and has incredibly bad luck. For example, as soon as he's released from county prison after serving time for a minor crime, he follows some friends who decide to rob a deli. Johnnie has actually had nothing to do with it, but when the cops follow the trail of cold cuts left behind, it leads them to our boy. Fortunately, he gets bail
Dec 30, 2007 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: laugher, thinker
This first novel from Marc Lecard was quite good. For a first attempt. He takes the 'lovable loser' character to the next level. Johnnie can't seem to catch a break. Ever. But his wit and 'charm' kept me wanting to find out what would happen to him in the coming paragraphs and pages. Johnnie isn't the only character to like in this book. His compadre for much of the book is a boredom-driven excitement seeker that likes to push limits which is a nice contrast to Johnnie who would much rather let ...more
Lisa Decesare
Another debut novel, this was is more silly than Sean Chercover's above, but just as good. Johnnie LoDuco isn't even a small time crook, he is a disaster. Arrested for things he didn't do, never mind those he did, he is on the run from the cops, the mob, and a serial killer, who actually wants to be his friend. Besides worrying about all of this LoDuco is trying to save or lose (depending on the chapter) the severed head of his friend Vinnie. Kind of like a Carl Hiasson-light story, it was quite ...more
The first half was so great, then the ending was awful! Good character development and dark humor, but plot developments that made no sense and required too much suspension of disbelief. Don't waste your time.
Dominica Phetteplace
I'm really not a mystery reader. The only reason I even picked this book up was because it was written by a family friend. But I got into right away, the opening really sucks you in. Funny and suspenseful overall.
Nov 30, 2012 Rebekkila marked it as to-read
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Eh, quirky but not great. The best part was the serial killer THAT was quirky
Ugh! A serial killer played for laughs? One of the worst books of the year.
The protagonist is the best lovable loser I've read in a long time.
Hilarious. One review saw it as Elmore Leonard on crack!
funny, great characters. A great weekend book!
Jan 11, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read
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Marc Lecard is the author of the novels Vinnie's Head (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007) and Tiny Little Troubles (St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008). His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, as well as the anthologies Killer Year: Stories to Die For, edited by Lee Child, and Best New Horror 19, edited by Stephen Jones."
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Tiny Little Troubles Killer Year: A Criminal Anthology Best New Horror 19 (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, #19) Spaceports & Spidersilk, April 2014

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