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A deranged killer comes to New York seeking vengeance in Nuckel’s (The Vig, 2011, etc.) latest thriller. After mob assassin Carla Pugliese easily dispatches men hired to kill her, she decides to target her mobster uncle, who manipulated her into becoming an assassin by exploiting her father’s sexual abuse, and Frank McGinley, a former target whom she believes tried to have her killed. Meanwhile, Frank, a recovering alcoholic, starts a job helping to stop Wall Street crime, unaware of the crazed woman meticulously planning his demise. The author’s taut novel toys with readers’ expectations almost immediately; it opens with Carla as the victim, but as Frank struggles to stay sober and rekindles an old romance, he gradually becomes the story’s protagonist. Carla, however, evolves into a chilling figure as her motivations change from retribution to self-preservation and, ultimately, to pure savagery. In the deftly handled narrative, Carla and Frank are separated for months before finally catching up with each other. Nuckel also discerningly uses the narrative’s 2002 setting, depicting characters who have feelings of guilt about the then-recent 9/11 tragedy. Frank’s first assignment at his new job is to retrieve funds from a man who refuses to pay, and the resulting frank talk about Wall Street trading is neither rife with jargon nor excessively dumbed down; instead, it’s expressed in layman’s terms for intelligent readers. Although not every minor character makes it to the end, any one of them, including Kat, a Colorado cop who tracks Carla to New York, or Brogan, Frank’s sometimes-scary boss, would be welcomed in a sequel. A slow-burning story with a fiery climax that more than lives up to expectations.

About the Author

Mr. Nuckel had worked on Wall Street for over thirty years before becoming an author. He has thrown punches on the trading floor, sat behind Spike Lee at the Garden and ran like hell down Broadway when the World Trade Center came down. John started as a lowly clerk and worked his way up to managing partner. Along the way, he ran into enough characters to fill a dozen novels.

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  • File Size: 4434 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149212317X
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GACA5T8
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John Nuckel has worked in the financial industry for over thirty years. In that time he has spent many hours on the barstools of Wall Street and run into enough characters to fill a dozen books. John ran like hell down Broadway when the World Trade Center came down, he has thrown punches on the trading floor and sat behind Spike Lee at the Garden. As a personal financial advisor, he now spends most of his time in the boardroom. This experience has taught him that there isn't much difference between bookies and bankers. A fact that the world has discovered recently but John had known for years. The only difference is whether the con artist is wearing Armani and carrying a briefcase or is wearing a track suit as he sticks a gun in your face.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Burgos on November 25, 2013
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John Nuckel's "Grit" picks up where "The Vig", his fine debut novel, left off. Within the first few pages, the time in between reading "The Vig" and starting "Grit" disappeared. It pulled me in that quickly. The vivid characters that are carried over have more dimension to them, and the new characters are equally well crafted. Like them, love them, hate them, it doesn't matter. They make you FEEL something, and that IS what matters.

The plot is fast paced (which seems to a Nuckel hallmark), interesting and frightening. By frightening, I mean in the way Shane Stevens' "By Reason of Insanity" and Steven King's "The Dark Half" (inspired by Shane Stevens) were scary. The make-you-cringe-as-you-read-it-but-you-can't-stop-reading kind of scary.

I don't want to get into the plot. The book's synopsis goes as far as anyone really needs to. But I will say that when I finished the book, I wished I had another Nuckel novel to read. I enjoyed his writing style that much. As far as modern thrillers go, Nuckel's novels are nearing the top of the heap. While he has yet to write a masterpiece, I dare say this latest work of his is a clear indication that he has the ability to do so, and I will read every book he writes in between.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Bartter Muller on October 28, 2013
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After reading Nuckel's first novel, The Vig, I have been waiting patiently for the sequel. GRIT delivers the same fast-paced action I hoped for. While I don't want to spoil the gripping plot, suffice it to say that our hero Frank will eventually meet Carla once again and she's changed for the worse. Creepy and literally blood-thirsty come to mind, yet can't adequately describe the intensity delivered in this sequel. There are a few new characters and plenty of victims to Carla's warped sense of justice. You'll be on the edge of your chair until the last page is turned. I don't usually go for action and suspense novels, so the fact that I couldn't put it down says a lot about the book John Nuckel has delivered. Get it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sterling on February 10, 2014
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Grit is like getting slammed in the head with a baseball bat, right from the start. Not much is subtle about it, especially the killing art of Carla, a professional assassin who's out to get Frank, who she had a weakness for and then betrayed her, and her uncle, who manipulated and trained her from her twisted childhood. Phew! It starts off with action and then builds psycho suspense from there as an only gradually suspecting (and kinda clueless) Frank figures out he's at the top of Carla's list for weirdo revenge. And then, slam bang. Read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maggie branath on December 17, 2013
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This is a sequel to John's first novel, The Vig. However, this is a stand alone novel, but it will make you want to go back and read the first novel.

It is a fast paced and well written story. The characters are vivid and engaging. Even the "bad guys" are wonderful characters. Some of the characters are scary, but well drawn.

There are some parts of the story where you're holding your breath and can't wait to get to the next page.

Go buy this novel.

Noel Caraccio
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Marie Acampora on October 25, 2013
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John Nuckel is a talent unseen in a long while, after read his first book The Vig, I have been waiting for GRIT. I'm sure it will not disappoint.
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