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ISBN: 044022490X

ISBN13: 9780440224907

This Far, No Further

(Book #1 in the Harding Series)

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In This Far, No Further, love, lust, blood, and betrayal all collide in a story that will shock and enthrall everyone who opens the book. In this blockbuster thriller, John Wessel's hero was once a... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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The beginning of a wonderful series

I've read all three of John Wessel's books about Harding, the ex-con PI. All three have kept me up late nights, reading "just one more chapter." I can't put these books down! This Far, No Further is the first book in the trio, Pretty Ballerina is the second, and its latest (but hopefully not last!) installment is Kiss It Goodbye. All three books are fast-paced, loaded with action, and are damn good mysteries that will keep you scratching your head until the end. Harding's cynical world view leads to some hilarious observances, but this guy's no slouch as a PI; he never misses a trick. Well, almost never. His girfriend, Alison, is equally intriguing as a kick-[butt] femme who keeps Harding on his toes and watches his back. She could give Xena a run for her money! All in all, the characters and the stories in John Wessels' novels a well-worth the price of admission. Wonderful books, all!


Ten years ago, Harding failed to protect a young girl from her sexually abusive father. He went after the man and revenge ended up costing him one-and-a-half years in prison, not to mention his private investigator's license. Nowadays, he does work on the side for his old friend, Donnie Wilson. The case Harding is presently working on consists of getting the goods on one Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, whose wife, Elenya, is looking for a divorce and possibly access to the supposedly two million dollars hidden in a Swiss Bank account. Dr. Rosenberg is an adulterer to the tenth degree. He not only cheats on his wife with other women, but with men as well, getting heavily into S & M and other forms of kinky sex. It doesn't take Harding long to get the pictures that will insure Elenya an easy divorce and a nice settlement. The only problem is that someone else is after the good doctor...someone so despicably evil that he makes the Rosenberg's escapades look like a day at a church picnic. This monster, for want of a better word, calls himself Gaelen, and he is gruesomely killing everyone Rosenberg has been sexually involved with in an effort to set the doctor up for murder. When Harding starts getting too close to what is going on, Gaelen comes after him and his tough kickboxing partner, Alison. After a couple of encounters with this creature, one of which puts Alison in the hospital, Harding, who isn't an easy man to scare, knows that he is going to have to put this demon from Hell down the hard way, even if he has to drive a stake through his heart. Harding will also have to figure out why Gaelen is so interested Dr. Rosenberg and his wife, Elenya, and what the hidden agendas are. THIS FAR, NO FURTHER by John Wessel demonstrates what top quality writing is about. The reader is not a bystander on this journey through the gritty side of Chicago and into the heart of unthinkable evil, but rather a participant. You will literally feel the depraved evil of Gaelen and understand why the fear it generates in our hero makes Harding a more dangerous adversary. Mr. Wessel lets us know that a person never entirely escapes their past, and for Harding, it must come full circle. As he attempts to keep himself, Alison, and the Rosenbergs alive, Harding has to eventually face the results of a passed action, and in doing so, perhaps find redemption for his failure to live up to his own expectations. Few authors are able to write such a compelling novel on their first try out, but John Wessel succeeds wonderfully in THIS FAR, NO FURTHER. Its darkness will remind you of the earlier "Burke" novels by Andrew Vachss and the later "Matthew Scudder" books by Lawrence Block. Buy this book, read it, and then pick up the second novel in the "Harding" series, PRETTY BALLERINA. After that, you going to have pray like I'm doing, that John Wessel will to write more books.

Good Book - Worth Reading!!

I enjoyed it quite a bit. The main character has a funny, dry sense of humor. Cracked me up a few times and the plot kept me interested till the end.

Good Beginning

This Far, No Further is,I understand from the Acknowledgments, Wessel's first published novel. It's a good start; his main character, Harding, is complex and smart. I really didn't like this book at first, because I HATED his client, Elenya Rosenberg, whose husband, Harding is following. I hated her worse than the husband; and Harding is always talking about how he has to protect Elenya. But hating the client is nothing new, I'd never read another Spenser, if I let that bother me. Harding really won me over when he is told by someone that that person had been on hold so long, he had to listen to the whole soundtract of South Pacific and Harding asks " Broadway cast or Movie version?" Since, that's something I would ask and since we both like old monster movies, I want to read more books about this character.

A Book Worth Listening To

This Far, No Further: Audio Cassette Review I have a confession to make. I originally purchased this audio cassette because I 'm a fan of the reader, Bruce Greenwood. I have enjoyed his work since "St. Elsewhere." When his most recent stint on "Nowhere Man" ended, I welcomed the chance to experience another one of his projects. Since John Wessel is new to the writing scene, I knew nothing about him. Little did I know, I was in for a double treat. This man is a writer! Although I'm not usually attracted to the detective genre, I was drawn in after the first few sentences. While the plot moves at supersonic speed, characters are not sacrificed. He approaches his storyline with an uncommon warmth and wit. Even in a three hour tape, The main character, Harding, is well fleshed out. He gains the reader's instant empathy as together, they are swept away on a roller coaster ride of events. Mr. Wessel has a rare gift for writing dialogue for the opposite sex. Harding's girlfriend, Allison, feels right to me. I could be Allison. Of course, I can't say enough about Bruce Greenwood's delivery. He possesses a voice like silk with just a touch of gravel and a penchant for portraying the flawed hero. Mr. Greenwood's striking talent for voice and dialect sets the stage for a virtual theater for the ears! Combined, these two talents provide a powerful elixir for enjoyment. After my three hour visit to Mr. Wessel's universe had ended, I realized that I missed Harding. I know I will be reading the novel soon so that we can spend a few more days together. I can't think of a higher recommendation than that. Rating: 10 Bonnie R. Johnson
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