For Nothing

Rated 4.90/5 based on 42 reviews
Undercover cop Alex Vaughn goes deeper than ever into the organized crime family of Buffalo, NY. Motivated by justice and revenge, he seeks out the assassin that laid his friend Jack low.

Professional killer Rafael Rontego traverses the deadly politics of Buffalo’s mafia underbelly. In a city whose winter can be just as deadly as those wielding power, Rontego tries to stay ahead of the game. More

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About Nicholas Denmon

Nicholas Denmon studied English at the University of Florida. He started story telling from the moment he could talk and has spent a lifetime perfecting the art.

His life has been varied, giving him no shortage of material. Some of his unique experiences include growing up with a schizophrenic mother, having six brothers and sisters (of which he is the middle-younger child), a perfectionist father, an evil step-mother, a college life to rival Tucker Max, and working for politicians on the Presidential as well as local stage. He has been, at times, a devout Catholic, a closet atheist, and an honorary member of the Jewish tribe.

Nick's joy of art knows little in the way of limitations, as he loves unique paintings, music, acting, film, and of course writing.

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Reviews

Review by: Alysa H on Feb. 28, 2014 :
A nicely done, twisty-turny piece of Cops & Bad Guys fiction. I enjoyed the grit of this, the physicality, the identity questions plaguing the undercover cop, and the never quite knowing who to root for. The writing, overall, was sharp. I did have a few issues with the almost complete lack of female characters apart from one symbolic Pietà of a wife and one barely-seen hooker/girlfriend, however.

I have doubts as to whether the Old School Italian Mafia world depicted here still exists, but if it does, I can believe it would be in a place like Buffalo, NY. And besides, aren't all crime novels ultimately a form of fantasy?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Orwell Jones on Feb. 19, 2014 :
A Mafia crime thriller (my first) opens with a very graphic and descriptive scene of someone getting shot which drew me in immediately. Not because it was a shooting, I hasten to add, but because of the detail and the feeling it evoked.

Alex Vaughn, a New York police officer, saw his friend’s murder and wants revenge. So he goes undercover in order to infiltrate the crime family in Buffalo he believes responsible.

Rafael Rontego is the mafia’s hit man and the two men are on a collision course.

There’s lots of action, suspense and tension and the insight into the workings of the underworld is detailed and interesting if somewhat scary.

The chapters are written from the point of view of two characters which works well. The ending is a cliff hanger leading onto book two..

Thoughts

I was really surprised to learn this is a debut novel, the writing is so good. The details and descriptions make the story jump off the page, very visual and the characters are intriguing and decidedly believable.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Serie Lang on Feb. 19, 2014 :
I mostly read romance novels but am trying more suspense and mystery/thriller
types and paranormal. Sometimes you just need a break from the typical romance.

I assumed this book was something different. I was not wrong there.
I thought it would follow a typical Mafia type blueprint-it does not.
Things just do not happen how and in the order you suspect them to. This is a good thing-keeps you on your toes and guessing as to what will happen next.

Liked reading about the loyalty amongst the Italians as I do have some friends that are Italian and the mark is close to home.
Very high detail-this would make a movie very easy to produce as it's all there for them.
It was easy to follow the characters as they were introduced even though some have different names, which is thoroughly explained. I love the injections of Italian into this plot. Just the right touch.
I liked the background on the players, and the scenery. You can tell the author did a lot of research on the topic.
Just when I thought the book was about to end i was wrong. It continued on with more twists and turns.
I did not see the ending as occurring as it did, WOW!

I rate this book a 5 out of 5 because I could not read fast enough every day to finish it. There is never a dull moment and it's fast paced action and the words the author uses to describe what's happening I can say I was right there watching it all happen live.
Exhilarating and I can't wait to read another book by Nicholas. I will make sure all my house chores are done so I can read it within 3 days time. It is one of those types of books you do not even want to go to sleep at night, you'd rather read straight through.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ralph Myers on Feb. 19, 2014 :
This is my first time reading something by Nicholas Demmon. I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I got so into the book that I fell behind on other things that I had to do.

The book has a great flow to it and it was not predictable like other mafia books that I have read. The ending was not my favorite and I may have gone a different route, but there were enough twists and turns that I was hooked and was left wanting to know more about the characters and what happens next.

Having been to Buffalo several times, I was brought back by the vivid descriptions and can tell that time and effort was put into the little details and in the research to create an accurate background and scene. The relationship and interactions between Alex and Rafael were extremely entertaining. Also, my brother in law is Italian and was able to verify some of the Italian references and the descriptions of the ways that they interact.

All in all, the ease of reading that captures you and brings you into the book making you forget that you are reading a story but as part of the scene is why I recommend this book to others. Looking forward to reading more from Nicholas, especially the next edition in this series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: chris vander on Feb. 19, 2014 :
I have read a lot of crime stories and undercover tales, but I think it's safe to say that this is my first Mafia Crime Thriller book. A long time ago, I would have steered clear of this type of book, although I did watch a couple of The Sopranos episodes before. Upon reading For Nothing, however, my perception of mafia related genre has changed. I am now actually a fan of this Mafia tale!

The story kicked off with Jack Benton getting shot at by a hired assassin. His friend, Alex Vaughn saw his sprawled body a minute too late. He vowed that he would avenge his friend's death and soon he went on an undercover mission. But he didn't know that he would be facing up and dealing with two of the most ruthless organized family crime syndicates in upstate New York.

I have never read a crime novel beautifully written with its gory details and gritty characters, with every scene craftily described and depicted. The characters, Alex Vaughn and Rafael Rontego were equally interesting and dynamic in their own rights. I actually found myself liking the villain, Rafael and even wanted him to be spared from the crime. I do't know, but there's something about him that made me root for him even if he was at the wrong.

The twist at the end of the story was something I wasn't expecting at all. The twist blew me away! Truth is, I have been captivated by Nicolas Denmon's writing prowess. He knows how to tickle his readers' imagination from the first chapter up to the last. He kept me reading until the end. Now, he makes me want to read the sequel. Of course, I will read the next book on the series. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie would have been so proud had they had the chance to read this stellar masterpiece.

The author Nicholas Denmon and the main character Alex Vaughn deserve my 5 star rating!

One of my favorite lines from the book:
That was all life really was, anyway. A series of moments that drifted on too fast; so fast that one could scarce enjoy them before they searched for the next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mireille Chester on March 14, 2012 :
An undercover cop, a killer you can feel for, a mob story set in our time, and an author who is able to tell a story that captures you from the moment you start to read. For Nothing is a tale that grabs your attention and holds it until the last page.


Nicholas Denmon does a fantastic job of telling both sides of the story. I found myself wishing that Alex, the undercover cop, would get to the bottom of what was happening so that he could find the peace he sought. At the same time, I was rooting for Rafael, the mob assassin, hoping he'd manage to stay alive through this mob war. The twists and turns in this novel were many and surprising. More than once I set my Kindle down and thought, oh my god! Just when I thought I might have the ending figured out, boom! Nicholas dropped a new twist on me.


Another of the things I really liked about this story was the descriptions. I have never before read about a person being shot, the detail and feeling of it written so precisely, that I touched my chest, sure I knew what that character was going through.


And the ending! Really, Mister Denmon, it is not nice to end a story that way!! Thankfully, Buffalo Soldiers, the second book in this series is coming out March 20.


So, what did I rate this book? 5 stars with no hmmming or hawwwing needed. I can't wait for the second one to come out so I can see if my guess is right about the ending!


Memorable Moment:


Rafael continued his walk to the office. A block later he reached inside his long overcoat and pulled out a wad of twenty-dollar bills. Without breaking step, he snatched one out of his money clip, reinserted the wad, and folded the twenty into a smooth crease. As he rounded the corner of the block, there was an old beggar. Predictable. The man sent his cup up to Rafael. Rontego dropped the twenty into his cup and started to walk away. I don't shit where I sleep, he thought. As an afterthought, Rafael turned around and grabbed the man by the collar of his welfare duds. With a quick yank, Rafael stood nose to nose with the homeless man. "Take that money and eat something for fuck's sake! I swear to whoever you call God that you will meet him if I catch you buying a drink with that twenty."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jean Patton on March 13, 2012 :
Wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I really enjoyed this book. Had many twists and turns, but never got confusing, kept me glued to the end. Would recommend this book and this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: M.Sara Forleo on Oct. 24, 2011 :
** spoiler alert ** A WARNING TO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK YET: THIS REVIEW IS A LIVING SPOILER!!!

First of all, I start with saying that this isn't my usual genre. It was my first attempt to read a mafia book. Usually I try to avoid even mafia movies, though some I have seen (some bad, some good), like Donnie Brasco, it was a very good one (and Johnny Depp also got me so bad! Can you blame me for watching it?). But this book was A M A Z I N G !!! It really got me hooked and I was glued to the pages (virtual, since I was reading an epub).

My favorite character was Alex (obvious!): he also reminded me a little of Donnie Brasco/Johnny Depp. An undercover cop, pretending of being a mafioso. And I foud him sweet, determined, loyal, a good friend, good at heart... I loved him! I couldn't help but feel desperate with him when he found Jack's lifeless body... and feel so so sad for him when his wife Charlotte rejected him... and everytime he dreamed or remembered about past moments with her and their little girl Ella... it almost made me cry... (ok, I admit, once I have cried!). And then also when he thought of the times spent with Jack... I felt so sad :( And loved every desperate moment! Masochistic me, yeah, I know!

I also found myself loving some of the bad guys! I really didn't think I would have! I'm a good girl! But Sal and Jimmy weren't that bad after all... right? Oh well, doesn't matter.
It pained me, though, when Sal died. And what a death! Poor guy! Almost burned to death! It was heartbreaking when he begged Alex to shoot him. And I felt for Alex too. It showed he cared for Sal after all. Because he really wasn't that bad of a guy. It even pained me when Sal found out his son had died.

Another scene, among many, I liked was the fight that came out when the assassin, Rafael, got to Wizeguyz. God that was a hell of a bloody fight! Loved every second! Yes, I am a weird girl. So what?

About Rafael, the assassin... well, thre's so much to say, I don't know where to start and how to say it.. Some times I didn't like him, other times I thought after all he wasn't that bad... He even kinda "loved" a woman once... Maybe still loves her somehow... But he really is one of the bad, bad guys. So... not much to love about him, anyway...

The end... The end was WOW! I already knew it wasn't really the end and there's a 2nd book coming out soon. I knew it was unlikely that they caught the real assassin. But the way the assassin made clear his presence... made it clear he was still around... watching Alex and his family and his friends... I haven't seen that coming. It was unexpected. And creepy. And surprising. And amazing!
I can't wait to read the second book!
Nicholas Denmon is really an amazing writer! He always surprises me. Nothing was expected.

I enjoyed this book veeeery much!
And I recommend it to everyone!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Leon Rasec on Oct. 23, 2011 :
An odd cross between the Godfather and fantasy adventure book that somehow REALLY works.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Leon Rasec on Oct. 23, 2011 : (no rating)
An odd cross between the Godfather and fantasy adventure book that somehow REALLY works.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dale Shaw on Aug. 18, 2011 :
An excellent read. For some reason I got this book free during a special at Smashwords ... um, you could say "For Nothing".

Overall, an enjoyable read with a wide range of plausible characters.

And ... excellent value.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pseudonym Burgerton on Aug. 18, 2011 : (no rating)
From what I've read so far, it is quite good. I can't wait to read more. The author knows what he's talking about, and the book is plausible and detailed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: julie barrett on July 29, 2011 :
I mostly read romance novels but am trying more suspense and mystery/thriller
types and paranormal. Sometimes you just need a break from the typical romance.

I assumed this book was something different. I was not wrong there.
I thought it would follow a typical Mafia type blueprint-it does not.
Things just do not happen how and in the order you suspect them to. This is a good thing-keeps you on your toes and guessing as to what will happen next.

Liked reading about the loyalty amongst the Italians as I do have some friends that are Italian and the mark is close to home.
Very high detail-this would make a movie very easy to produce as it's all there for them.
It was easy to follow the characters as they were introduced even though some have different names, which is thoroughly explained. I love the injections of Italian into this plot. Just the right touch.
I liked the background on the players, and the scenery. You can tell the author did a lot of research on the topic.
Just when I thought the book was about to end i was wrong. It continued on with more twists and turns.
I did not see the ending as occurring as it did, WOW!

I rate this book a 5 out of 5 because I could not read fast enough every day to finish it. There is never a dull moment and it's fast paced action and the words the author uses to describe what's happening I can say I was right there watching it all happen live.
Exhilarating and I can't wait to read another book by Nicholas. I will make sure all my house chores are done so I can read it within 3 days time. It is one of those types of books you do not even want to go to sleep at night, you’d rather read straight through.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Julie Simms on July 25, 2011 :
Wow. Amazing book. I couldn't put it down. The writing was easy to read but also complex as you read into the perspectives of each character. I was enticed by the depths of both Alex and Rafael, so much that I don't know who I'm rooting for yet. I love them both. I can't wait to read more of these characters in the next book. Anticipating a great new series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tara Nielsen on July 25, 2011 :
This book was really very good. Its clear based on the reviews and the book itself how talented Nicholas Denmon really is. The style of writing, plot, characters and flow of the story surely did not disappoint. I especially liked the focus on Alex's relationship with Charlotte. That the author found time to focus on that even with everything else that was going on, gave it a real-life quality that gave the story a balance I really enjoyed. Looking forward to much more from this author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Chris Moore on July 24, 2011 :
I don't know if I've ever fallen into a "world" of a book like this one. With the vivid descriptions of things like a gunshot or the way a hitman feels when he wakes up in the morning though, you can't really help yourself.

This book has a world of its own that is very gruesome and at the same time oddly humane. You get to watch the characters learn more about themselves and essentially change through the violence in which they all live.

The twists and turns of the story are unexpected but believable and the story itself was realistic. For Nothing is really a great book all around. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cole on July 24, 2011 :
Now here is a crime thriller that is just that, a thriller. For Nothing was a fantastic read. This book takes you beyond the norm and it gets into people's heads, the reader's included. The characters get to thinking and it gets you to think as well. The flow of the writing keeps with its own suspense and twists, and the descriptions were spot on.

I think I may have found myself a new favorite. Book AND Author. A notable new voice for sure.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Joan Lambert on July 24, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book. I'm slowly getting into more suspense and when the plot started to thicken in For Nothing I knew I was going to love it. I was fascinated by the characters and their perspectives as the story was being told. The depths and layers of both Alex and Rafael was downright mesmerizing and I still can't believe how great of a job the author has done portraying them. Can't wait for more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: laurie bean on July 21, 2011 :
Phenomenal insight into the world of organized crime. My mother would be ashamed if she knew how much I rooted for the bad guys in this one, but I really don't care!

The story really sucked me into it and it went so fast with the action and the pacing that before I knew it I was reading the climax and not eating dinner.

Who is this guy? Great job.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sadie Rollings on July 19, 2011 :
I like how the book gets in to the heads of two characters. You get a sense of the world from their unique perspectives all the while following a trail of excitement and near death experiences.

The way these people SURVIVE is what the story is all about. Waiting for the encore.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Penelope Greer on July 17, 2011 :
A fast read, well written. Was surprised to see some one star reviews posted but they quickly look like someone on a crusade. When I purchased this book it had mostly five star reviews from book bloggers etc that I respected.

My review is going to be five stars too. I was given a free copy of this book in order that I reviewed it (for better or worse). I have nothing but good things to say about it. Five stars.
If you like action and mafia stories this is one you don't want to miss.

I like stories that go fast - that I am left wondering about the characters a bit after the fact. This one was fast and the ending has me shocked and curious ( I don't want to give it away) - I imagine some of it will be dealt with in the second installment.

Certainly worth a buck or two. Well done!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: GMTA PUBLISHING on July 16, 2011 :
NICHOLAS DENMON'S "FOR NOTHING" (REVIEW)

I have always been fascinated and a little terrified by the world of Mafia families. I must admit that Nicholas Denmon has written a rather alluring piece of fiction that packs in both the politics and action with a punch, I really enjoyed the novel and would love to read more in the near future.

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Helen Rake on July 16, 2011 :
I didn't want to believe the hype around this book. I figured, hmmm this is someone I never heard of...if he was so good wouldn't I have heard SOMETHING?

Well you have heard because now I am telling you- this book was good. Good enough to get me off my butt and write this review. I was constantly surprised. I was surprised at the story telling, I was surprised by the characters I loved and hated, and then loved the ones I hated and began to hate the ones I loved.

The mafia stories have been done ad nauseam. But this one does something different with it that I never saw before. And just when I had my mind around it all, the end threw me a curveball that had me ducking.

I WILL read the next one.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tom Christie on July 12, 2011 :
After reading all the reviews and seeing how many people have read this book in a single sitting, I figured I better give it a try.

To read the book without stopping, was not hard at all. For Nothing was fantastic. I couldn't have put it down if I wanted to. The exceptional writing style pulled me in and the suspense and its characters kept me from doing anything but reading. Nicholas Denmon is a very talented author. I'm looking forward to reading more of his work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kate Vang on July 12, 2011 :
Wow! Where to start with this book? I don't even know how to write a book review. I've never done it before. But I just had to write one for this book. It was so good!!!

I couldn't stop reading it. I was hooked on this story from the very beginning. The characters that opened up for it got me very excited about reading and the twists were GREAT. I don't know how many times I thought, well I didn't see THAT coming. It really was amazing. I loved it all the way through.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lani McCray on July 12, 2011 :
This book was phenomenal. Still, hours after I devoured it one day, I am in awe of it.

I read a lot of thrillers and suspense. They're my favorites. For Nothing, is different somehow. Very descriptive and not too descriptive, but just the right amount of explanation of the moment to make you feel it. The word usage in this book is in itself a fantasy, and gives you another world to live in while you're reading it.

The suspense in this mafia crime thriller is very articulate. The plot is planned out with so much detail, the characters come alive in your head, and they don't go away once your done reading. The ending, also phenomenal, left me very excited for the next installment. I absolutely give For Nothing five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Rouse on July 12, 2011 :
Bought this through Amazon via Goodreads, came back to Smashwords and bought another copy just so I could review it again. People need to know this book is out there. SO SO SO good.

I get cold just thinking about it. The action is jam packed. I even enjoyed the bad guys. Maybe more than the good guys! My head is spinning from the ending. Make this a movie! Pu-leeeze
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jay Harris on July 10, 2011 :
For Nothing is an excellent book. I found the writing style to be superior to those popular in this genre and found the pace, plot twists and suspense to keep me reading until the end.

There are many "perfect" aspects to this book. The depths of the characters were astonishing. And there was never too much or too little of anything but just the right amount of development, emotion and violence. For Nothing turned out to be a breath of fresh air from some of the other "standard" crime thrillers, and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Allie Burke on July 10, 2011 :
I LOVED this book.

This is the first "Mafia Crime Thriller" I've ever read. Mystery, suspense, thrillers, yes, but never anything like this. Naturally, going into it, I had no idea what to expect.

I read this book on my computer. I sat down, leaning back comfortably as I prepared myself to be there for a while. I read the first three lines of the book... and I gasped. I sat up in my chair, leaned forward and with my eyes relentlessly scanned the screen for the rest of the story. It had me, and didn't let go until the end.

For Nothing is beautifully written. The atmosphere, the conditions and surroundings and senses-Denmon's descriptions are flawless. As I read, I was cold. Throughout my experience with most of this book, I clutched a blanket tight around me. (I live in Southern California, mind you.) I was shivering. I twitched. I cringed. This book got into my head. Its words deeply affected me. The feeling it ensued, a feeling of dread, an internal chill-I couldn't shake it off. Not that I wanted to. No, I just wanted to keep reading.

There has been only one other book in my experience that succeeded to do what For Nothing has done. It spun me. All the way around.

Going into it, I was with the good guy. Rooting for him. In my head praising him as he struggled through his journey to revenge.

Halfway through the book and suddenly I was with the bad guy. Not only was I with him, I was in LOVE with him. Everything about him enticed me. I wanted Rafael Rontego to prevail. And if anything happened that was even remotely against the survival of Rafael, I was upset. Angry. Suddenly I wanted revenge if anyone so much as threatened him. Through the rest of the book, Rafael Rontego was my man. He still is.

I give For Nothing the highest rating because it is as it should be. It is a crime thriller that has everything a book of this genre should have. It was cold-blooded. It was ruthless. Suspenseful. Humorous, when it needed it to be. Scary. Accurate. Intriguing. Thrilling.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nancy Jenner on July 10, 2011 :
I don't read crime thrillers. I don't read crime thrillers ever! But, I'm a huge supporter of indie authors so when I kept hearing so many great things about this book I had to check it out.

I'm so set in my ways but I'm so glad I gave this book a chance! For Nothing really is an epic thriller. The story is very complex and the writing took me by storm. To tell the truth I'm sad its over and I can't wait until the next installment comes out. I still don't read crime thrillers, but I will read Nicholas Denmon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ashley Marks on July 10, 2011 :
I never write reviews, but after being up all night reading this book, I figured I better jump over and let everyone know how much I enjoyed it.

I really couldn't find anything bad to say about this book if I tried. The style of writing flows right into the mindset of the characters and the events the story took on throughout the novel made me happy that I stayed up all night reading it.

I've since given the book to my husband, who doesn't even read. When I heard him say "Yeah!" about two seconds after he opened it, I knew I was onto something. An amazing read, this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: wistfulskimmie on July 09, 2011 :
This is a story of a man avenging his friends death and finding himself in the middle of a war between two mafia families.

This story never let up once. I was hooked from page one and could not put it down. The author did a good job of explaining the different aspects of mafia life and hierarchy. There were many twists and turns and just when I thought I was on the right track I was thrown another curveball. The ending was totally unexpected and was clearly left wide open for a sequel. I for one cannot wait for that sequel!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Trish Campbell on July 08, 2011 :
Wow! I don't really read many thrillers or suspense but wow! I really enjoyed this book. I loved the style of writing and the different perspectives the story was told from. All the twists and turns kept me reading until the very end. Now I can't wait for the next one!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ellen Hayes on July 08, 2011 :
Now here is one superb thriller. There are so many thrillers out there that focus on one thing and never veer away from that. But not For Nothing. With this book it was all in the details. There were so many significant details of this book that came together for one thrill-ride that I couldn’t put down. Five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Eric Hurst on July 07, 2011 :
This book was incredible. I’m impressed by the writing and the story, but most of all the characters. They were all very real and I was fascinated with the thought of what they would do next. The author had me still thinking of the characters after I’d finished the book. I’m glad I have it, because I’m sure I’ll want to read it again before the second one comes out. What a great debut.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ben Mitchell on July 07, 2011 :
This book was sick. Right from the first scene, the action never stops. It was so fast paced that I never got bored, and the twists in the book were not expected. I kind of want to be in the mafia now. Rontego was crazy.

Awesome book. One of my favorites, for sure.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenn Bailey on July 07, 2011 :
This is the only independently published book I’ve ever read. I don’t know what I was expecting from it. Not what I got from it, though. It was so good.

Between the cold, violence, and revenge in this book, I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting. And I’ve already been on the authors web site to read the snippet of the second one in the series. If the next book is anything like For Nothing, its gonna be amazing. I can’t wait.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ralph Myers on July 07, 2011 :
I have to say it is about time someone came up with a mafia story that exists outside of Chicago or NYC. Placing this story in Buffalo was a brilliant idea. The old steel town,the cold, all great elements.

This was one of those rare moments where I began to root for the villain, which I think the author went for, but also I couldn't really root against the hero. The ending - wow.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Freddy Reads on July 07, 2011 :
I won this book in a contest and I have to say it was amazing. The depth of the characters, the excitement of the cat and mouse chase, the twists and turns, it all added up to a GREAT debut novel.

I hear there is a second book in the series coming out and I can't wait.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Diane Castiglione on July 06, 2011 :
Just finished this book and really enjoyed it. I found this author really good.

Found this a great portrayal of the Mafia world right up there for people who have enjoyed reading the Godfather, Soprano and Good-fellas. Love how he brought in actual sites and streets from around Buffalo, which I recognized since growning up there.

We have Alex who is a detective and also has done undercover in the Mafia. He is out to find the killer of his good friend Jack. Well sometimes even our best of plans can go really not well for us.

Found the book to have many of twists and wanted to find out what would happen next. We get a look at both sides. One of a cop out to get the killer of his friend by going back undercover and trying to keep his family together. Then we get the side of the Mafia family fighting amongst themselves and trying to stay alive for another day.

A great story here and would recommend this one to read. Can't wait for the next book to come out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nick Wastnage on May 26, 2011 :
A fast-moving and entertaining read with masses of action. Nicholas Denmon’s gripping mafia tale kept me riveted until the end. His description of the characters is realistic, three-dimensional and described in a way that makes them easy to visualise and lifelike. It’s full of authentic gangster dialogue and exciting well-described scenes. The skilful and pacy plot twists and turns in unexpected ways. I look forward to the next one.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Haresh Daswani on May 20, 2011 :
For the big fans of mafia fiction, For Nothing has to be in your library for its style in writing.

Reading Nicholas' book, I found myself living the realism of mafia life. Its constant worry on living has been obscured by revenge and the constant need to survive blurred by politics and what is in the future, or if there is any.

The book has many twists as it gets to the end, and as you draw closer, you see more possibilities of a different ending, it is limitless, and turning the page from one to the next never ends, it is an insatiable urge to want to know what happens next. Nicholas has done an amazing job in narrating.

A recommended book that really puts you in the shoes, a rare gem indeed
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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