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Vengeance Road

(Jack Gannon #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The murder of a brokenhearted woman and the chilling disappearance of her friend raise questions about their ties to a respected detective and lead to one journalist's obsession to find the truth

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 bu
Paperback, 387 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by MIRA (first published 2009)
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May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overig
Personages: 2**
Verhaal: 2**

De schrijfstijl was heerlijk, met uitzondering van de aanloopjes naar de flashbacks. Het boek las lekker weg en ik had het binnen no time uit.

De spanningsopbouw daarentegen liet te wensen over. De ontknoping van het verhaal kwam laat, maar ik wist al op 50% wie de dader was en hoe de vork in de steel stak. Jammer.

De personages waren zeer, zeer karig uitgewerkt. Jack Gannon had veel meer lagen moeten hebben. Ik houd van een goed uitgewerkt personage en weet dat ik daari
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
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.

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Rick Mofina doesn't spend an excess of time on details. His writing is pretty cut and dry, minimal details needed
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great start to the Jack Gannon Series! Fast paced, with a captivating story line.
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Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Corwin
Jan 09, 2011 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
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Kally Sheng
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rick-mofina
Fast-paced, attention arresting thriller! This is my first Mofina book and will definitely not be the last. Half way through when the murderer was revealed I thought oh no this is not going to work, how was he (Mofina) going to keep the story going, but he did and more, the story was able to hold my attention and kept me turning the pages till the end!

Plan your work then work your plan. - Pg. 206, Location 2608
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.
Sandy Adams
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story.....wish we could rate 4.5 stars! Kind of creepy, some weird characters and a great plot; I would definitely recommend this book!
Cathie M
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a good story as a reporter stays just ahead of the police solving multiple murders across many states that appear to be related and done by the same individual. A local deceptive is suspected to be involved but he has not left town to commit the murders or leave the bodies. His flawed family history has put insanity into the generations and it is the deceive's brother who actually committed the murders and has framed his brother for them.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I keep seeing books by Mofina showing up in my emails so was curious. Good story. Generally I don’t like (as characters), journalists as they are so pushy and intrusive but his persistence is warranted. The ending bogged down a bit, but am looking forward to reading more.
Mary Gebert
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vengeance Road

Very good story as usual as l by Rick Mofina. He never disappoints. Keeps you interested to the very end.

Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Love reading Rick Mofina books, have read almost every book he has out. You won't be disappointed give them a try
Linda Johnson
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always a pleasure to read a book by Rick Mofina. This mystery from the perspective of the reporter includes more than just the detective and victims story lines.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a page turner.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Big Mofina fan. Good characters, some twists, kept me interested. I recommend this book for Mofina fans and those who haven't discovered him yet.
Aug 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Teena in Toronto
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
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
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read

It was a real page turner couldn't. Put it down he is a great author and i find myself always looking for another one.

May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rt2010, 2016-read, kindle
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
Leslie Mesmer
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Vengeance Road was a fairly good mystery novel. The main character, an underappreciated but brilliant newspaper reporter, was likeable but not really distinctive. The descriptions of the killings themselves was a bit annoying, with the aspects of how the victims were murdered more inferred than described. Although I don’t enjoy reading gruesome details, neither do I like being kept in the dark. Our hero also has an older sister that is mentioned, and I hope this plot line is resolved in future b ...more
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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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