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Product Details

  • Series: P.I. Jack Marconi (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612183468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612183466
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,757,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Freelance journalist Vincent Zandri was collaborating on the memoirs of a Sing Sing prison guard when he got the idea for a thriller about a warden who has to solve a crime to keep his job and his self-respect. This solid base of reality plus Zandri's lively writing give As Catch Can a definite edge.

Jack "Keeper" Marconi knows he's in trouble when a cop killer named Eduard Vasquez escapes from his Green Haven Maximum Security Prison in upstate New York after a trip to an outside dentist which he had approved. Keeper is clearly being fitted for a frame by his superiors in the state's penal system--men with whom he shared a baptism of fire as young guards during the bloody riots at Attica 26 years before.

Haunted by these ghosts of his former self and a time when justice seemed more clear-cut, Keeper goes off on his own to see who really helped Vasquez escape. Recently widowed and fogged by too much booze, Keeper could easily have become a rerun of an all-too-familiar genre icon. But Zandri makes both the man and job interesting and original by paying attention to details--from the way the weather affects the prisoners' behavior to the delicate balancing act that governs the relations between guards and prisoners. And there's more than enough creativity and research left over for a promised sequel. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

A jailbreak at the Green Haven Maximum Security Prison in Stormville, N.Y., leads to the escape of cop killer Eduard Vasquez and no end of grief for Jack "Keeper" Marconi, the prison warden. Marconi has to investigate the escape on the q.t. as his superiors are clearly setting him up for a fall. The prison guards who escorted Vasquez on a trip to the dentist are faking the injuries they allegedly endured in the escape; drugs are planted in Marconi's office; the escapee's girlfriend, Cassandra Wolf, appears in porno photos with Marconi's superiors, the same men with whom he survived the Attica prison riots 16 years earlier as an 18-year-old guard. Vasquez's trail leads to a small town in upstate New York where Cassandra is hiding out. When a major character dies, she and Marconi must go on the lam to clear themselves of the murder. In his impressive debut novel, Zandri writes strong prose that rarely strains for effect, and some of his scenes, particularly the Attica flashbacks, achieve a powerful hallucinatory horror. His characters aren't wholly original?like too many macho heroes, for instance, Marconi is a widower who likes his whiskey?but they add lots of color to a tough-minded, involving novel that deserves its promised sequel.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 16 novels including THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT RISES, and the forthcoming, EVERYTHING BURNS. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, and Thomas & Mercer, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri's, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the Best Books of 2014. A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular "lit blog," The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He is a resident of both New York and Florence, Italy. For more go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM

Customer Reviews

It was a well developed plot with realistic characters.
The ending chapters dragged and I felt were kind of just tacked on, not really adding much after the climax and denoument.
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The read is fast paced, full of twists and turns, and has intriguing characters.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

163 of 185 people found the following review helpful By CMash on January 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The Innocent by Vincent Zandri
Published by StoneGate Ink
ISBN-13: 2940011815430
ISBN: 0011815434
At both the author's and blog owner's request, an EBook edition was purchased by me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (borrowed from Amazon): Getting caught is simply not an option.
It's been a year since Jack Marconi's wife was killed. Ever since, he's been slipping up at his job as warden at an upstate New York prison. It makes him the perfect patsy when a cop-killer breaks out--with the help of someone on the inside. Throwing himself into the hunt for the fleeing con, Jack doesn't see what's coming.
Suddenly the walls are closing in. And in the next twenty-four hours, Jack will defy direct orders, tamper with evidence, kidnap the con's girlfriend--and run from the law with a .45 hidden beneath his sports coat. Because Jack Marconi, keeper of laws, men, secrets, and memories, has been set up--by a conspiracy that has turned everyone he ever trusted into an enemy. And everything he ever believed in into the worst kind of lie.
My Thoughts and Opinion: It is ironic that today, the first of the year, that I am reviewing the first book that started it all. Even though this version has been rewritten, the original was Mr. Zandri's first. I became hooked by this author when I read his other books, Moonlight Falls, The Remains, and the digital short, Pathological. Reading The Innocent, for me was like watching a toddler start to walk. Amazing!!!!
What did I think of The Innocent? A heart pounding read!!! Non stop suspense!!!. Zandri is a genius when it comes to writing. He grabs you from the first few pages and doesn't let go until the last word!!
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Reviews on February 8, 2011
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For years Jack "Keeper" Marconi has been the warden at Green Haven Prison. After his beloved wife dies in an accident, he loses his focus and gives permission for one of his inmates to have a dental appointment outside the prison. This turns out to be one of the biggest mistakes he could have made. Cop-killer, Eduardo Vasquez, escapes leaving Jack accused of not having his mind on his job. The media, as well as his boss, make him the scapegoat but Jack quickly finds out there's a much bigger conspiracy going on than he ever knew was possible.

Jack is sure if he finds Vasquez, he'll be able to discover who truly was behind the escape. More and more it's looking as if one of his own may have assisted the criminal in making his getaway. Not only does he want them punished, but Jack wants to clear his own name as well.

It becomes a game of cat and mouse as Jack chases down Vasquez. He is no longer sure who he can trust. Old friends become new enemies. It's a situation Jack never experienced before and hopes to put an abrupt stop to now.

Jack is truly a tortured hero portrayed expertly in this book. The story is told in his voice making the readers feel his anguish and pain with each word. The villains are truly vile which makes it easy for readers to despise them. The book never slows down, it's fast moving, intense and can be read in just a couple of days. I know I didn't want to put this one down. I had to know how it was going end up for our hero.

Vincent Zandri is a "new-to-me" author who I will certainly be keeping an out for. His writing is what thrillers and suspense novels are all about.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2011
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This book received numerous 5 star reviews, so I purchased the Kindle version. After 40% I gave up and deleted. Jack Marconi spent the last year depressed and drinking excessively due to his wife's death. Under his watch prisoners escape and he is being held responsible. The story line plods along with Jack wallowing in self-pity and making a half-hearted attempt to find out who sanctioned their escape and why. It is beyond my comprehension how this book could be labeled "suspense" or a "thriller".
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126 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Bradshaw on April 12, 2011
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I hated this book and I feel like I wasted my time reading it. Here are the things that I found to be either distracting or evidence of bad writing:

1. It was terribly written. Several times, the main character says, "Here is what I did: ..." "This is what happens when someone is executed by lethal injection:..." "This is what I did:..." "This is what happened next:..." Did an eighth grader write this? That's not how you tell a story.

2. The dialogue was contrived and not realistic of how people speak. There are mob figures in the book and one of them actually says, "I'm prepared to help you fight Pelton no matter what it takes. Even if I have to call on a few of my underworld pals to lean on the big bad wolf a little. If you know what I mean." I put that in quotes because that's exactly what's written in the book... it is THAT terrible.

3. The main character has an Italian, shady lawyer obviously named "Tony" who routinely deals with mafia types and calls everyone "paisan".

4. There are a handful of women characters in the book and every time the main character is describing them, it's almost like he's in heat.

5. The main character thinks he's a cowboy. He's his own hero, loves himself and loves to hear himself speak. The main character's constant stream of thought does not lead to character development, it's just really annoying because it is mindless and does not contribute to the development of character, thought, or the story. The character is lonely, his wife dies and now he can't trust anyone. The same idea is lamented every time the character starts to "think".

6. The story is flimsy, obvious and there are many holes in it.

Save yourself the dollar this book costs- you can't get those hours back. I hated this and will skip other books by this author.
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