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Vinnie's Head

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  110 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 tha ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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Robert
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Lissa
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Everything that could go wrong with this guy, did. He is totally clueless and fun to read about. Another crazy read.
Maddy
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: Johnnie LoDuco
SETTING: Long Island
SERIES: Debut
RATING: 4.0

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
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Ryan
Dec 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adults
Shelves: thinker, laugher
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
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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.
Ellen
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Craig
Nov 29, 2007 rated it did not like it
Ugh! A serial killer played for laughs? One of the worst books of the year.
Pam
Jan 11, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: new-york-mystery
01/10/08 -- got from MOTB
Amy
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Funny Book
Matt
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist is the best lovable loser I've read in a long time.
Nerissa
Jul 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
funny, great characters. A great weekend book!
Rebekkila
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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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