Search Results: "Wessel Ebersohn"


BOOK REVIEW

THOSE WHO LOVE NIGHT by Wessel Ebersohn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"Looser and more engaging than Abigail's debut (The October Killings, 2011, etc.), but just as committed in its anatomy of the unending legacy of apartheid."
Furloughed from her job with South Africa's Department of Justice, attorney Abigail Bukula is free to go to Zimbabwe for some pro bono work that pays only in adventure, danger and unwelcome romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OCTOBER KILLINGS by Wessel Ebersohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Ebersohn won't win any prizes as a stylist. His writing is earnest, his plotting is murky and his dialogue is ponderously expository. But his horrors, rooted so closely in history, have a nightmare quality that's hard to shake."
South Africa's troubled past continues to trouble its present. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Davis and Wessel's arguments are not always new and not always convincing, yet they bring to this work elements often missing from popular writing on the technological future: solid reporting, detailed research, and a regard for historical context. (Author tour)"
The American middle class has remained economically stagnant for the past 25 years, despite endless prophecies during this time that computer technology would bring a new age of productivity and prosperity; the authors, both with the Wall Street Journal, explain why this has been so and why it may soon change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2012

"Wessel doesn't tell you how to think, but he does give you the facts to think more clearly about what needs to be done."
Accessible overview of America's contentious deficit politics by the Wall Street Journal's economics editor. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ICE BENEATH HER by Camilla Grebe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A tour de force that lifts its author to the front rank among the increasingly crowded field of Nordic noir."
Veteran co-author Grebe (More Bitter Than Death, with Åsa Träff, 2013, etc.) takes her first solo turn in this tale of three troubled souls linked by a horrific crime—and what a turn it is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BELIEVER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Suspenseful and primed for Hollywood adaptation, this is escapist fiction at its best."
Zander's latest page-turning political thriller weaves three interconnected stories into a hypertopical tale of international intrigue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"However, he's ambiguous as to just where that might be. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Personal reflections and policy proposals from the minority leader of the House of Representatives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWIMMER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A compulsively readable page-turner with unexpected heart."
An international thriller with the pace and intensity of a Jason Bourne adventure, Zander's debut follows the intertwining stories of a young Swedish woman and a washed-up American spy. Read full book review >