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This Far, No Further


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ISBN 10: 0684814633 / ISBN 13: 9780684814636
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1996
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Title: This Far, No Further

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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In "This Far, No Further," love, lust, blood, and betrayal all collide in a story that will shock and entrall everyone who opens the book. In this blockbuster thriller, John Wessel explodes onto the American crime-fiction scene with a gripping first novel that already has him being heralded as the Raymond Chandler of the '90s. This sizzling tale is set deep in a Chicago winter. Wessel's hero, Harding, was once a licensed private investigator with an office, a partner, and a future, but then a simple little domestic case -- find the family's missing daughter -- turned on him when the daughter showed him the scars her father gave her. Harding promised to protect her, but he couldn't, not even after killing the man her father had sent after them. Now Harding's an ex-con, working off the books on another simple little domestic case -- take a few pictures of a straying husband and his girlfriend -- but this case turns on him, too. When the heartsick wife turns up at his door and the girlfriend turns up dead, Harding knows he's in trouble. But not until the cops tell him that he's a murder suspect and that his ex-lover's on a slab at the morgue does he realize just how much trouble is headed his way. Harding's trouble comes from all directions -- from his terrifying past and his perilous present -- and dead is just about the nicest thing that could happen to him. Combining crisp, dark dialogue, telling physical and emotional detail, and a gift for razor's-edge plotting and breakneck pacing, John Wessel has created in "This Far, No Further" a bold new kind of hero and launched what promises to be a long and exciting career.


Wessel's first novel introduces Harding, a Chicago private investigator who has lost his license to operate and must depend on slick operators to throw work his way, but who nevertheless maintains a cool, wisecracking style. Harding's charming quirks include a devotion to horror movies and a weakness for women who sing sad, soulful songs. Hired to check out a plastic surgeon with shady finances and kinky vices, Harding is assisted by a photographer and a computer whiz in this original debut.

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