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A Kiss Gone Bad (Whit Mosley #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  529 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
In a Gulf Coast Texas town, beach-bum-turned-judge Whit Mosley is called to a yacht where the son of a senator lies dead. Was it suicide? Or did an obsessed killer use the dead man as a pawn in a twisted game? Whit and Detective Claudia Salazar expose a nest of drug lords and power-hungry sharks, unearthing a lethal trail of deceit that lies buried in the icy recesses of t ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Onyx (first published 2001)
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Paulo Pires
Jun 22, 2015 Paulo Pires rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Loved it! Lots of twists.
Nov 18, 2013 Carmen rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This book introduces Whit Mosley and Claudia, who I assume are going to be the new heroes in a new series. I didn’t really like this book. Reason 1: It introduced a lot of new characters and it was hard to keep them straight. Also, it kept changing point of view. Different people would narrate different chapters, or even different parts in the same chapter. Highly annoying. Reason 2: This book was very dark. It had rape, pornography, sexual abuse, castration etc.
Rui Moniz
Jan 26, 2016 Rui Moniz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nota-se que o livro foi escrito antes da saga de Sam Capra, mas está lá a matriz da escrita de Abbott, com um enredo muito bem construído, cheio de suspense, e uma profundidade interessante das personagens.
Achei apenas que o final estava um pouco atabalhoado e poderia ter sido mais trabalhado.
Dec 10, 2010 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Did not enjoy, his newer ones are soooo much better
Aug 22, 2015 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma história bem montada...
Natalie Law
Oct 08, 2016 Natalie Law rated it liked it
It was okay. Nice twist.
Feb 23, 2017 Charla rated it really liked it
A great read! Intriguing and fast paced. Didnt see the ending coming. Will be reading more from Jeff Abbott.
Sep 21, 2008 Vickie rated it it was amazing
really like this author, but I LOVE this title! I am a sucker for a fab title and this one did it for me. Even more groovy, the smart dialogue, intriguing characters and steamy storyline is fab, too.

Whit Mosley is my kinda guy. He's trying to redeem himself with the career path his father chose for him. Whit is a judge in Port Leo, Texas. Under the robes he dresses like a beach bum. He can be found reading court law documents and books to help him become a better justice of the peace and invest
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Jul 14, 2011 Ana added it
Shelves: reading-limbo
I realized I have a long list of books I won't read for various reasons-some superficial and some not. My new experiment is to read several books that I wouldn't normally read. This is the first to go. I tried. It's not my kind of book. I put it aside because I couldn't get into it. Nothing about the descriptions or characters kept me interested. I felt it was meant to be exciting but because I have seen five billion crime dramas on
Feb 09, 2012 Joe rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Craime novel, takes place in Port Leo, on the Gulf coast of Texas. Interesting character, Whit Mosley, who continues in another follow up book. Beach bum one day, county judge the next. Powerful father in a town where everyone knows way too much about you. Murder of a male porn star who turns out to be a kid from Port Leo, mother a senator from the great state of Texas and it just goes from there. Lots of great twists and turns keeps you guessing right to the end. You will definitly be SHOCKED w ...more
Jan 22, 2015 George rated it it was ok
I wanted to start the Whit Mosley series because I read his Sam Capra series and thought it was amazing.
However, this was...ehhh. I didn't enjoy this one as much and I'm not sure if I'm going to finish the series. It wasn't terrible, but I did have some moments where I thought I'd stop reading without finishing it.
If you started it though, I'd suggest finishing the book because the ending is worth it.
I got this authors name of of the cozy mystery site. I did read another of his which had slight cussing which i did not care for, but the book was really good. I thought I would try another. This one certainly does not fir in cozy mold. dime store trash, My standards of clean mind will not let me continue so I have made a cannot finish shelf and am putting it there. Must find anew cozy.Someone else had written a review stating they liked His newer books and id not like this. I concur.
May 29, 2014 Marla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
I don't often give 5 stars to a book I have read. That being said I think this was a great book. Not once through this whole book was it who I thought. Judge Whit Mosley is quite a character and not afraid to continue looking for clues and answers. There is a rash of killings in Port Leo Texas but the death of a senators son who is in the adult film industry has everyone on edge. Judge Mosley finds that it was a suicide but leaves the door open for that to be changed. This is a good read
Jun 13, 2008 S.D. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is one of those "guy" books (vs chick lit). You've got the surfer-type "dude" wearing beach shirts but his day job is a judge. The murder victim was the son of a prominent politician and a big porno star (the operative word being "big"). It's up to Whit Mosley to figure out if the deceased committed suicide or was murdered. A Kiss Gone Bad was our mystery library book read. The men found it somewhat entertaining. The women just shook their heads.
Jeff Dickison
Jan 05, 2012 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it
Good crime thriller. I thought I had the ending pegged but I missed it by a mile. I thoroughly enjoyed the lead character, Whit Mosely, and his friend, Gooch. Most of the other characters were not memorable except for Claudia. I'm sure if this series continues the good judge and Claudia will become an item. Recommended for fans of crime drama.
Peggy Walker
Oct 04, 2009 Peggy Walker rated it liked it
This was the first in a series of novels about Judge Whit Mosely, someone who was appointed to fill out another man's term because it would give him something to do. Whit is a very likeable character that is way over his head. The story was well told, and I'll be sure to seek out other books by Jeff Abbott.
...uma história complicada, com muitas pontas soltas, com muito menos "andamento" do que outros livros do autor, e com um final que deixa muito a desejar. Nota positiva no entanto para o personagem Whit, o juíz de paz, e o seu amigo Goosh - que me deixam curiosa para ler mais livros da série.
Kathy kennedy
Sep 29, 2013 Kathy kennedy rated it it was ok
A silly detective novel set in small town in Texas. Hero is a beach bum turned jp. Lots of plot twists. Read this because of liking Abbot's Sam Capra series. Much better than Whit Mosley, who despite the silliness is a likable character.
Oct 11, 2015 Medha rated it liked it
A Kiss Gone Bad is a serial killer/mystery book. Its about a judge and a policewoman trying to find the killer despite the hurdles they face. Though the story was slow in the beginning, it picked up in the second half. I won't say its a must-read, but it is a good read.
Nov 04, 2014 Lindamac rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Jeff Abbott is a good writer but this book was a little slow to me. Still I was surprised by who did it! I'm going to read the next book with the same main character Whit Mosley and hope its a bit better. Still I would recommend this book.
Oct 27, 2009 Emma rated it liked it
A book about porn and murder - what more could you want?

The ending didn't really go with the characters and what they had previously said or done, so that was a bit of a let-down. It was an okay book, but really just a generic crime/thriller.
Jun 28, 2013 Inna rated it really liked it
Nicely written detective novel. This time an obligatory serial murderer of young women is combined with corrupted (though oddly naive) politician to create a whole lot of mess somehow solved by a new judge in a very small town.
Andy Ryan
A good little book- a change of pace from his later books as the plot isn't a breakneck speed but allows you to get drawn in and allows more characterisation. Part 1 of trying to get the trilogy read by Christmas.
Giles Guest
Jul 08, 2015 Giles Guest rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-thriller
Thorough enjoyed this.
The best of the Whit Mosley books....
May 30, 2015 Carol rated it liked it
First of a series. I'll pick up the next one!
Oct 12, 2016 Sabrina rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
Wordy. Disappointing.
Dec 10, 2007 Christina rated it really liked it
I really liked his characters and the fact that it was based on the Texas Gulf Coast (my home) made it very enjoyable. I felt his style and feel were similar to James Lee Burke whom I love.
Mary Stenvall
Feb 14, 2016 Mary Stenvall rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one, gritty mystery, intriguing characters that I want to spend more time with.
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Jeff Abbott (born 1963) is a U.S. suspense novelist. He has a degree in History and English from Rice University. He lives in Austin, Texas. His early novels were traditional detective fiction but in recent years he has turned to writing thriller fiction. A theme of his work is the idea of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary danger and fighting to return to their normal lives. His novels ar ...more
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