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The Burning Edge

(Jack Gannon #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Lisa Palmer has barely recovered from the sudden death of her husband when she is drawn into a new nightmare. On her way home from upstate New York, Lisa stops at a service center minutes before an armored car heist. Four men are executed before her eyes—one, an off-duty FBI agent she tried to help. Now Lisa is the FBI's secret witness and the key to finding the fugitive ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Mira
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
The fourth Jack Gannon series book from author and master story teller Rick Mofina, "The Burning Edge", is another sizzling thriller with heart pounding action. Gannon the intrepid reporter for "World Press Alliance", (WPA) is like a dog with a bone with his stories. Formerly out of Buffalo, Gannon now works in NYC and is somewhat happy as a loner. Unfortunately for Gannon his lone intimate NYC relationship was with New York Signal reporter Katrina Kisko who ended it just as Jack was feeling ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Lisa Palmer, a widow and single mother, just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She thought she was just stopping at a rest area to take a small break and grab a few items before heading back to her children. Unfortunately her stop on that particular day would put her front and center in an armored truck robbery gone awry. Witnessing this crime puts her on The Burning Edge, a new suspense thriller by Rick Mofina.

Lisa hated having to put the family's lakeside cabin up for sale.
 Nyarlathotep Twelfth Month The Haunted Reading Room
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: thriller, mystery, suspense
Recommended to Nyarlathotep Twelfth Month by: Hearts On Fire Reviews
Shelves: march-2012-reads
A novel by Rick Mofina is a joy to behold, and this one is no exception. Opening like a runaway train, the excitement never stops; and this accomplished, prolific author manages to weave in so many levels that all the characters are fully three-dimensional, realistic, and if not always likable, at least comprehensible. His plotting takes in contemporary society, recent history, and even suspicions of terrorism. Mr. Mofina always manages to juggle a large cast of characters, both primary and ...more
Sylvia McNicoll
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Driving the 401 between Toronto and Montreal this summer? Scoot off onto the Thousand Island Parkways and stop at one of the scenic rest stops. Happen chance I had picked up this book to read on just such a trip and the militia terrorist robbers in this story escaped to the loosely protected border right in this neck of the woods. They hid in the water as the coastguard checked the mooring of some boats here. Always cool to read a book with a setting that matches your location or at least a ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a fast-paced suspenseful book with an intriguing story. What I really like is that the antagonist is made sympathetic. While deep down you know he's wrong, you can't help but feel for him. Maybe even pull for him a bit. You hate what he's doing, but completely understand why and almost finding yourself hoping he can accomplish his mission. At least until it starts to fall apart and he goes off the deep end.

As with The Panic Zone I really like Jack Gannon. He's a great character, and will
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Well-written but superficial mystery plot
A woman witnesses an armed robbery at a truck stop, and as the FBI closes in on the robbers, they worry that the woman saw too much.
The story is told from the perspective of four groups -- the woman who saw the robbers, Lisa; a journalist digging for the story, Jack; the robbers themselves; and the FBI agent hunting them, Frank. The story jumps from person to person, which is great for seeing the different
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Just when you think things can't get any worse. You husband has died only a short time ago, so you are still grieving. Due to financial restraints you've had to sell your beloved cabin......and now you become a key witness in a money heist!!! Perhaps to Lisa this is just a bad dream.....
Then you have Jack Gammon, a hassled newsreporter who is on the brink of losing his job if he doesn't get the readership connected to this heist. He's like a dog with a bone!!!
Who, What, When, Where and
Janet Robel
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the Jack Gannon thrillers, but I still enjoyed Lisa's character and the opening chapters. Here's hoping we'll see more of Frank Morrow in future books as well.
Loren Shultz
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Moving and personal account of the tragedy, with great background on the sophisticated machinations of the wild fire fighting process.
Christine Adams
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

Molina never fails to tell a fast moving intriguing storyline. Have read them all, and now the wait for the nexton

Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Again a good basic story but it just takes so long to tell it. I end up skimming most of it. I have a whole stack of Mofina books, just happy I didn’t buy them. Not a real fan.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner for Rick Mofina. From the first page to the last, I wanted more.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story, tired of the reporter angle!
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley, review
Jack Gannon pretty much has it all. He has finally reconnected with his long-lost sister (see In Desperation), found out he has a beautiful niece, and his work as an investigative journalist is as solid as ever. The only problem he has right now is that he is a bit lonely and would love someone in his life. His ex-girlfriend wanted to be married to her job more than she wanted to be married to him. Also his new editor at World Press Alliance (WPA) who doesn't know his ass from his elbow when it ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Jennifer, I love you.” No, this is not a love story. These four words are the last words spoken by a young FBI agent as he lay dying next to Lisa Palmer, recently widowed, single mother. At the request of the agent, Lisa had tried to reach his gun so that he would have a chance at the robbers but the gun slipped and attracted the attention of one of the robbers who immediately shot the FBI agent and held a gun to Lisa’s head. Lisa escaped death but didn’t escape the terror of living through the ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Burning Edge by Rick Mofina
What an roller coast of a story. I cried durning the funeral scene and laughed at
Lisa getting back. In between was so into the story could not read fast enough. Highly recommend this book! I will be on the lookout to read more of Rick's books in the future.
Lisa Palmer is a widow of two years. She is a grocery clerk and has had a hard time supporting her and her two kids. So she is selling her husband cabin thats been in the family for generations. On her
Suspense Magazine
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Palmer’s fragile world, a precarious life that revolves around caring for her two young children a year after the death of her husband, explodes in violence when she witnesses a murderous holdup. Four masked motorcyclists ambush an armored car and callously kill the three guards and an off-duty FBI agent who tries to stop them. Lisa is a key witness to the killings, but can the FBI keep her and her family safe from the killers?
For Frank Morrow, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation,
Andrew Macrae
Lisa Palmer’s fragile world, a precarious life that revolves around caring for her two young children a year after the death of her husband, explodes in violence when she witnesses a murderous holdup. Four masked motorcyclists ambush an armored car and callously kill the three guards and an off-duty FBI agent who tries to stop them. Lisa is a key witness to the killings, but can the FBI keep her and her family safe from the killers?

For Frank Morrow, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation,
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This is an action packed story that has plenty of thrills while also exploring the emotion and motivations of its characters.
Part thriller, part drama, the story revolves around Lisa a witness to a horrific robbery that leaves 4 men dead and Jack, a reporter pressured to get the exclusive on the story for his news-wire job.
Throughout, we follow Lisa as she is forced to relive the scenes in an attempt to remember any detail that may help the authorities figure out who the perpetrators were.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride that starts on page one and never slows down. It's told from four different points of view: Lisa, the young mother who witnesses a violent armed robbery and murder. Frank, the lead investigator who relentlessly pursues the killers while dealing with his own personal crisis. Jack, the television reporter who was tipped off about the heist by an anonymous informant. And Ivan, one of the killers. The stories intermingle into a great read. Part ...more
Darla Stokes
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice solid thriller with several plot threads that merge and diverge. There were a couple of places where I felt the story took a back seat to a stereotype checklist--like the four characters who were killed in the opening scene of the book: one planning his wedding, one expecting a child, and I can't remember the other two, but they were all at similarly poignant milestones in their lives. It felt really manipulative. Then there was the repeated "I know I'm missing something" from the witness, ...more
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
About a witness to 4 people who were murdered and she was to be next, but for what ever reason he did not kill her. And it turns out the widowed mother of two could help the FBI find the killers, even thou she did not think she could help them. And next up is the investigative reporter who was bound and determined to find out the whole story to beat out his completion. There are the three main people in this story, The witness, the main FBI agent and the reporter. As each are struggling with ...more
Anne Dart
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's not hard to imagine how good motives are mishandled when people take them into their own hands at all costs. Mofina makes you live the events from every viewpoint: special ops turned rogue, eye witness turned victim, investigative reporter seeking major scoop, terminally ill FBI special agent wanting to solve one last crime without interference from the press. This was a fantastic book, and I loved the ending. The scary part was the author's note at the end saying the book was based on some ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book started off really well and maintained its pace throughout. The book tells the story of Lisa Palmer witnessing a heist and four murders and what happens subsequently. The book also features Jack Ganon, the journalist, trying to reach the truth about the heist.

While the book was pacy, interesting and written nicely, at the end, I felt that the author was in a hurry to end the book. The climax could have been a bit more elaborate. It was almost predictable.
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For what it’s worth this story was with a quick ending. Few surprises appear after the excellence of military style deaths that happen by its point-of-view from the pursuers, the FBI called in to unravel the crime important to the nation and personal from the FBI. Equally difficult was imagining the mistaken rampage, the pale carnage that some can commit on others that mystifies rational thinking. This is FBI and Jack Gannon’s suspenseful twists to the climaxing ending.
Holly Morey
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast paced book about a young widowed mother, who is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
She witnesses the cold blooded murder of 3 security guards and an FBI agent. While she is trying to get on with her life, Jack Gannon, a reporter, is trying to get an exclusive story on the robbery and murder.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
A random stop at a gas station on the way home, changes the life of a recently widowed mother of two. An armored truck gets robbed and everyone in the store is forced to the ground. Does anyone actually witness the crime being committed and remember enough to help the criminals get caught?

This novel is full of suspense, thrills, twists and turns.
Marilyn Heyman
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An interesting tale of a armored car heist by four ex-military men. I especially liked Gannon, a journalist and what he goes through to get his story and stay true to himself. All the characters and the story felt very realistic. I am very impressed with Mr. Mofina's writing. Once I begin one of his books, I can't stop reading.
Scott Parsons
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rick Mofina is an excellent thriller writer. His background as a crime reporter shows in the way he constructs his stories. The plot of this one centers on an armoured car heist where the thieves get the money but kill an FBI agent and others but leave a witness who has seen a clue that later will prove to be their undoing. A great yarn. Recommended.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
This is really a good book
FBI agent Morrow is investigating a robbery of an amoured car in which 4 people are also killed.
Jack Gannon is a report for the WPA.
This tells of there investigation.
First book I have read of Rick Mofina and I really enjoyed it
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Rick Mofina is a former journalist who has interviewed murderers on death row in Montana and Texas, flown over L.A. with the LAPD and patrolled with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic. He's also reported from the Caribbean, Africa and Kuwait's border with Iraq. His true-crime freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Telegraph (London, U.K.), Reader’s Digest, Penthouse, ...more

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