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Blond Cargo

(Jack Bertolino #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Jack Bertolino's son, Chris, was the victim of a brutal murder attempt and Vincent Cardona, a mafia boss, provided information that helped Jack take down the perpetrator of the crime. Jack accepted the favor knowing there'd be blowback. In Blond Cargo the mobster's daughter has gone missing and Cardona turned in his chit. Jack discovers that the young, blond, mafia princes ...more
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Published October 20th 2014 by Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
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Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sexy Jack (Jack Bertolino and Associates NYPD officer turned LA PI), is back with Book #2 with John Lansing’s Blond Cargo with an action packed crime thriller, in search for a blond mafia princess.

Vincent Cardona, a mafia boss (a mobster who abuses cigars, drugs, and booze, with a heart of gold) needs a favor, and Jack knew payback was coming. He just did know it would be this soon. He had taken it up
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Blond Cargo is a riveting tale that takes the reader back into the seedy underworld of crime as they follow private investigator Jack Bertolino on his latest investigative adventure. Author John Lansing weaves a fast-paced crime thriller set in Los Angeles and written in the third person narrative, that follows the dangerous quest of retired NYPD narcotics detective now private investigator Jack Bertolino as he returns the favor from mafia boss Vincent Cardona, and investigates the case of his m ...more
Cathy Ryan
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jack Bertolino owes a man a big favour. The trouble is, that man is Vincent Cardona, mafia boss. Cardona supplied Jack with information relating to the attempted murder of his son, Chris, during the last case Jack worked, which allowed him to take down the would be assassin. Now Cardona’s only daughter, Angelica, is missing and he’s calling in his marker. He wants Jack to pull out all the stops to find Angelica and Jack feels honour bound to repay the debt, regardless of the effect his working f ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I accepted this Arc of Blond Cargo after getting in a romantic slump; you know, where you are burnt out on reading a certain kind of genre and the only way to get your juices going again in the direction you want then to go in you have to go in a totally different direction for a while.
Well, my go to genre is mystery/suspense. I am slowly becoming a fan of this genre of intrigue and detailed writing, but not so much so that I delete romance all together from my reading inventory.

Heaven forbid
William Bentrim
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Blond Cargo by John Lansing

Jack Bertolino returns redeemed in his own eyes and in the eyes of his LA peers. Jackis a retired NY City police detective with a bad back. Jack's behavior in Devil's Necktie has cemented his bonafides with the LA law enforcement community. Comfortable in his new relationship with ADA Leslie, Jack's only concern seems to be his son's PTSD based on his near death experience in Devil's Necktie. His idyllic interlude is torpedoed by gangster, Vincent Cardona calling in a
Gordon Dawson
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great writer draws you into a startling new reality, erases your own comfortable surroundings, then rocks your world by showing your mind a movie you can’t look away from. John Lansing is such an author.

Blond Cargo is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed The Devil’s Necktie, and Lansing is again the master of his craft.

Blond Cargo is the next chapter in the tumultuous life of Lansing’s oft flawed hero, Jack Bertalino -- a multifaceted, take no prisoners ex-NYC narc turned west coast PI --
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
My Thoughts and Opinion:
When I first read the synopsis of this book, like you might just have done, the word sequel stood out to me. But since the story sounded like something I would enjoy, I hoped that it was a book that the author would enlighten the reader of info from the first book when needed and he did. I never felt that I was "lost"

Words that came to mind while reading BLOND CARGO: excitement, non-stop action, adrenaline pumping, page turning adventure, heart pounding pace, and sometime
Teena in Toronto
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Jack, a former cop, is now a private detective. Vincent Cardona, a mafia boss, helped Jack out when his son, Chris, was hit by a car and now Vincent is calling in the debt. His daughter, Angelica, has disappeared and Vincent wants Jack to find her. Two other women who resemble Angelica have turned up dead and Jack hopes he can find Angelica before she ends up with the same fate. As Jack investigates, he suspects she may have been been kidnapped to be sold as a sex slave and everyone from the may ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I was not wrong when I figured this book was going to be captivating. From the beginning of the story, you are sucked into the crime and drama that seems to follow PI Jack Bertolino around. A retired narcotics police officer, Jack knows the streets and knows that a favor given to him will come back to be repaid and Blond Cargo is that favor.

While I have never read a book by John Lansing before, including the prequel to this new book, I did not feel lost in the least. There was plenty of explanat
Sheila Kell
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
John Lansing's Blond Cargo has me hooked as one of his fans. This is an outstanding fast-passed, suspenseful, realistic, crime thriller.

Private investigator Jack Bertolini knew that the favor he owed mob boss, Vincent Cardona would come due one day. That day came and Jack had no idea he'd be tangling with the rich and powerful plus the seedy underbelly of society who mix in the sex slave and drug trades. If it isn't difficult enough for Jack locating and releasing Angelica, he has relationship p
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Blond Cargo
By John Lansing
The book speaks about every new immigrant group bringing in the good and the bad to the country. Looking at this story those lines could not have been drawn clearer. Blond Cargo follows the highly controversial sex trade, where young women are enticed or kidnapped and forced into the sex trade. A young aspiring actress, Angelina Curtis has been missing for three weeks. Her father a crime boss and local mafia head is desperate. Calling in a favor from a PI, Jack Bertolin
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blond Cargo is a fast paced action filled thriller that pits Jack Bertolino (former cop now a private investigator) against ruthless men in the sex trade in the hopes to free the daughter of a local mafia boss so that he can pay back the debt owed to him. Meanwhile, he is also dealing with his son who is away at college but dealing with the after effects of being hit by an car because of his dad. I believe this has to do with incidents that happened in the first novel. (This is these second Bert ...more
Linda Kay
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent thriller from John Lansing! I re-read Lansing's first book, The Devil's Necktie, before starting this one and was surprised at how well it held up a second time. While it isn't necessary to read the first book to enjoy this one, I would recommend doing so just so you can have a good understanding of the character's backgrounds and some of the events referred to in this one. Blond Cargo didn't disappoint! It is every bit a page-turner as the first story. Fans of crime drama shou ...more
Bob Marinaccio
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jack Bertolino leaps off the pages of John Lansing’s first two novels, The Devil’s Necktie and Blond Cargo. Bertolino is a take-charge, no-holds-barred PI who devastates criminals with his unruffled perseverance and excites women with his rugged good looks and charm. The man has his flaws which only add to his persona.

Blond Cargo is an exciting thriller with wonderfully crafted characters – from the beautiful blond Mafioso princess of the title to the smarmy pervert who is about to sell her in
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Lansing's book Devil's Necktie, and when I read Blond Cargo I was happy to hang out with Jack Bertolino again and to find that Devil's Necktie was very definitely NOT a one off. Blond Cargo is every bit as intense as Devil's Necktie was - the ending is a page turning race to the finish. Loved the characters, loved the pace, loved the story lines. I don't know when the next one is due out but there better be another in this series - I've not yet had enough of Jack and his "rogue's gallery ...more
Lori  Cedar
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great writing, great characters great story. Page turner with can't-put-it-down plot that keeps you guessing at every turn. Jack Bertolino, former police officer turned PI, is tough, smart and also compassionate. I read the first in series, Devil's Necktie and was equally pleased. Can't wait for the next book. Kudos Mr. Lansing thanks for the great entertainment.
Heath Henwood
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Blood Cargo
By John Lansing

Blond Cargo is the second instalment of Jack Bertolino mysteries.

The story picks up after from The Devil’s Necktie, Jack is returning a favour to mafia boss Vincent Cardona, whose daughter has gone missing.

This is a sizzling mystery with a few twists, and plenty of action.
Duffy Pearce
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this enough to look for other Lansing books at the library because I'm too cheap to pay for summer reading. If it were a Kindle special or on Kindle Prime, I'd immediately download another book.
Misty Rayburn
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Better than the last one! Full review coming later! :)
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
This book kept me turning the pages with enthusiasm. It was well written, and full of good characters. Loved it!!
Miriam Downey
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

I am ending the year with a thriller. Jack Bertolino is an ex-cop turned PI who has taken on the job of finding a mob boss's kidnapped daughter. Readers find her right away, in the hands of an Iraqi mobster who is planning to export her to an Iraqi sheik. She's blond and statuesque, apparent just what Iraqi sheiks want as sex slaves. Bertolino figures out quickly who has her as well, but it takes the whole book to actually free he
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley-arc
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I can safely say that all of the books in this series can be read as a standalone book. I really enjoyed reading this instalment. This book caught my attention from the very first page and didn’t loosen until the end. The writing style was amazing to read and it just flowed off the pages. I felt that there was a lot of action and there wasn’t a dull moment in the pages. I did find it hard to keep all the characters straight, there were just too many
Mark Zodda
Good, quick read. Can't really connect with the characters so I won't be reading any more of this series.
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John Lansing, started his career as an actor in New York City. He spent a year at the Royale Theatre performing the lead in the Broadway production of "Grease," before putting together a rock ‘n’ roll band and playing the iconic club CBGB.
John closed up his Tribeca loft and headed for the West coast where he landed a co-starring role in George Lucas' "More American Graffiti," and guest-starred on

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