"A pulse-pounding thriller with a charming protagonist" (Kirkus Reviews), this gripping ebook continues the story that began in The Devil’s Necktie.
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 princess has been kidnapped and imprisoned while rich, politically connected men negotiate her value as a sex slave.
A sizzling whodunit for fans of James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell, Blond Cargo taps into the real-life crime world to deliver a thrilling, action-packed story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the explosive, unprecedented finale.
Those fond of testosterone-laden 1970s men's action adventure novels will best appreciate TV writer and producer Lansing's middling sequel to 2012's The Devil's Necktie. NYPD officer turned L.A. PI Jack Bertolino must deal with the family and business repercussions of a recent case involving a drug cartel. Meanwhile, mobster Vincent Cardona hires Jack to find his missing daughter, Angelica, whose disappearance may be linked to the recent deaths of two similar-looking women in Southern California. Angelica, last seen in Club Martinique interacting with an ex-con, is being held hostage by a stereotypical Iraqi super-villain investor with powerful local and international connections. Readers should be prepared for heavy-handed storytelling, rape and torture scenes best left offstage, and grafted-on attempts to humanize the protagonist through interactions with his son and girlfriend.
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 -- tough, thick headed, hard edges, soft places only a few know how to poke.
Charged with rescuing a beautiful young woman who has been kidnapped, Jack Bertalino finds himself caught up in the snake-filled world of the international sex slave trade. There is danger at every turn as he follows the trail down the rabbit hole and through a maze of unexpected twists, coming up against not one, not two, but three distinct mafia organizations -- each with their own bloody axes to grind, and all wanting to behead Jack.
Lansing keeps many balls in the air as he artfully juggles an intricate plot populated with a host of quirky, depraved, defective characters, and shows us a dark world where hope is in very short supply.
John Lansing’s uniquely visual writing style, vivid characterizations and an uncanny ability to pull off seamless complexity makes Blond Cargo an extraordinary, must-read detective thriller.
Can’t wait for the next installment! Look out Patterson, someone’s gaining on you!