Books by Daniel Hecht

Daniel Hecht was a professional guitarist for twenty years. In 1989, he retired from musical performance to take up writing, and he received his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1992. Daniel Hecht is the author of the bestselling Skull Session and Pu


PUPPETS by Daniel Hecht
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2005

"No surprises here, just a very strong, suspenseful tale from a skillful author finally realizing his potential."
The fourth and best yet from Hecht (Land of Echoes, 2004, etc.) brings back New York State Police Homicide Detective Mo Ford (Skull Session, 1998). Read full book review >
LAND OF ECHOES by Daniel Hecht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Hecht writes fluidly and draws convincing portraits of some interesting characters and situations, but the parapsychology slant drives his tale into a swamp of New Age hooey."
A second outing for Seattle parapsychologist Cree Black (City of Masks, 2003) takes her to New Mexico, where an investigation unveils mysteries that have nothing supernatural about them. Read full book review >
CITY OF MASKS by Daniel Hecht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Sharp, fast, and deft, a gripping story that with the skill of a Wallenda walks the tightrope between the real and the supernatural."
The first in a series featuring an intrepid ghostbuster who uncovers the mystery behind a haunted house, by the thriller author of, most recently, The Babel Effect, 2001). Read full book review >
THE BABEL EFFECT by Daniel Hecht
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Somewhere deep inside this wordy morass there's a fascinating story trying to get out, since many of Hecht's ideas are certainly provocative enough to make for an exciting thriller. Too bad this isn't it."
Talky, slow-moving philosophical genetic thriller about the nature of evil. Read full book review >
SKULL SESSION by Daniel Hecht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

An ambitious but torpidly paced pass at a creepy-house horror tale that tries to combine Stephen Kingish gore-on-the-floor gross-outs with Dean Koontzical monster mash. Paul Skoglund, a 38-year-old victim of Tourette's syndrome, can't keep a job, sit still, or stop from babbling inanities and profanities. Still, he's a nice guy who can play pop tunes on his saxophone, do menial repairs, and exhibit otherworldly bursts of energy while rescuing his thrill-seeking girlfriend, Lia, from calamities. The product of an almost absurdly dysfunctional New England family peppered with suicides, madness, and gothic secrets, Paul has an apparently mentally retarded son, Mark, from a previous marriage, and an ex-wife who'd like full custody of the boy. To the rescue comes Paul's kooky Aunt Vivien, who's willing to pay him lavishly to fix up the family's rotting, vandalized Westchester, New York, hunting lodge, where, we learn, at least one young punk has been ripped apart by an unseen beastie. Paul takes the job and begins to discover that a few of those dark family secrets concern him. Meanwhile, Detective Morgan Ford finds that some supposedly accidental deaths that produced mangled, mutilated corpses might not have been so accidental. Newcomer Hecht spins a sticky spider web of intricate metaphors that boil down to the fact that appearances are deceiving. Paul rapidly learns that Aunt Vivien is closer to him in more ways than he can imagine, and that his troubles with Tourette's, as well as his son's difficulties, are due to a genetic trigger that can transform him into a superhuman fighting machine that's of passionate interest to the CIA and other government types. It's a bit much to be going on under one sagging roof, and the gory Oedipal Ragnarok ending is more disturbing than satisfying. An earnestly wrought, meandering tale that, despite some gripping scenes and lots of facts about neurophysiology, adds up to less than the sum of its parts. (Author tour) Read full book review >