Kiss It Goodbye by John Wessel
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For a perfectly executed mystery a reader need go no further," People magazine said of John Wessel's first novel. Now readers can revel in the highly anticipated third novel from Wessel -- a heart-racing story of secrets and suspense featuring hard-luck ex-PI Harding and his stunning and fearless girlfriend, Alison, who are about to confront their past...
When Alison's former lover is found murdered in a small lake town near Chicago, she and Harding shrug it off as an incidental tragedy. But the discovery of a suspect -- the runaway fiancé of Alison's best friend, Beth -- drunk and disoriented, in the very town where the body was found, seems more than coincidental. Harding can't shake the suspicion that Alison may know more than she's letting on. Harding's own brushes with the law have left him without a legitimate private investigator's license, but his fear that Alison may be in danger just as quickly ensures he's back in the game, implementing his unauthorized services -- a scenario that proves dangerous at best, impossible at worst.
As the body count rises and the cadavers get closer and closer to home, the noose around Alison's past draws tight, and the stakes grow intensely personal for Harding. Even as he unearths a past for Alison he'd rather not see unburied, he knows he must beat back his jealousy and suspicions about his longtime lover in order to find a ruthless killer -- before the killer finds Alison.
 

About John Wessel

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John Wessel is the author of This Far, No Further and Pretty Ballerina. He lives with his wife in a suburb of Chicago.
 
Published January 24, 2002 by Simon & Schuster. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They want to talk to him about the murder of a young drug-dealer who may or may not have been Charles’s connection and about a young novelist who may or may not have been busy Charles’s girlfriend.

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This Far, No Further (1996) and Pretty Ballerina (1998), Wessel's first two books about a Chicago ex-con named Harding, got a lot of attention for the lively writing and the nasty, kinky plot twists.

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