Pretty ballerina: a novel
It's a Sunday in late July and Harding, the private investigator John Wessel introduced in "This Far, No Further", is riding down a rainslick road with Cassie Rayn, a one-time porn star, headed for the house where she grew up. Harding's a man of many talents, or at least many jobs-- cabbie, tour guide, private detective. He calls this patchwork-quilt approach to work "flextime". His girlfriend, Alison, calls it unemployment. The truth is that Harding has to take whatever job comes along. Since a manslaughter conviction cost him his license and his legitimate clients, the detective work that's been coming his way has ranged from the barely legal to the slightly impossible. This trip sounded like the chance for an easy payday. He should have known better. When Cassie asked, "What scares you, Harding?" he should have gotten out of the car and walked away. But then she started telling him the story of a runaway boy's disappearance twenty-two years ago. And how two years later, the boy's sister hid in a basement while upstairs the rest of her family were murdered. The boy was never found. The crime was never solved. Cassie Rayn is
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Pretty ballerina: a novelUser Review - Book Verdict
Ex-con/private eye Harding, who first appeared in This Far, No Further (LJ 6/15/96), is hired for what seems like an open-and-shut case of breaking and entering. His employer, Cassie, is the fading star of such B-movies as Humped to Death, a somewhat free adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. Cassie wants Harding to break into the house where she lived as a child and where everyone else in her family had been killed years before. While Harding can jimmy the lock on the house and is even quicker with a quip, he's not quite so adept at eluding Cassie's pursuers--now his as well. Wessel's serviceable plot is useful mainly as a vehicle to showcase a deranged but entertaining array of Chicago characters. Although the publisher's publicity machine compares Wessel to Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy, he seems to lack Chandler's moral judgment and to be merely a visitor to rather than a resident of Ellroy's dark places. However, fans of up-and-coming wisecracking mystery novelists might want to add Wessel's name to the top of their list.--Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO
Review: Pretty Ballerina (Harding #2)User Review - Goodreads
Didn't finish reading it--not really of interest to me & my husband (we read mysteries aloud together), so we stopped.
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