Books by John Wessel

KISS IT GOODBYE by John Wessel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"But then that was true of Chandler, too."
In his third time out (Pretty Ballerina, 1998, etc.), Harding, a p.i. without portfolio—he lost his license in the aftermath of a morally, though not legally, justified act of manslaughter—starts with what looks like a no-brainer: Flaky Charles Muller has gone missing on his wedding day, and Harding is charged with finding him. Read full book review >
PRETTY BALLERINA by John Wessel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 11, 1998

"Less feverish than Harding's striking debut (This Far, No Further, 1996)—but there's still no shortage of strange doings, courtesy of enough criminals to keep the Chicago justice system occupied well into the next millennium."
Even though Cassie Rayn's awaited by hordes of adoring fans the moment she arrives for Chicago's GoreFest film festival, not even the panting devotees of such earlier porn masterpieces as Pretty Ballerina—some of them, like Rhythm King Leon Minsk and Pool King Marty Devlin, wager to shell out thousands for a duly authenticated copy of the landmark video—can make her forget the adoptive brother she lost: Kim Moon, who disappeared from a church-sponsored day trip over 20 years ago, sparking an obsessive search for him that ended two years later when his father, Ellis Moon, evidently slaughtered the rest of his family and himself as Cassie cowered in the basement. Read full book review >
THIS FAR, NO FURTHER by John Wessel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A witches' brew of a first novel that mocks its title on every page—even though long before the final twist, you may have lost track of just who's done what to whom. (First printing of 125,000)"
Ten years after losing his license—he killed the henchman his client Eduardo Martinez sent after him when he refused to send Martinez's missing daughter Angela back home to her father's rapacious arms—an ex-p.i. called Harding is out of prison and back on the payroll again, working a job that's too dirty for his slick former partner Donnie Wilson's agency. Read full book review >