Just out of jail, ex-pornographer and perpetual screwup Johnnie LoDuco depends on the good graces of his fast-talking cousin, Vinnie McCloskey-Schmidt. Vinnie sells Johnnie on a credit card scam they can run from Paraguay, but while fishing one morning, Johnnie reels in what he recognizes as Vinnie's head.
You have to be in the right mood to read Vinnie's Head, a rambling caper full of comic coincidence and bait-and-switch. Summer may be just the time. Despite all of the above and some fudges of setting, the book delivers the Long Island color and attitude it promises.