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A Kiss Gone Bad (Whit Mosley #1)

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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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Nov 18, 2013 Carmen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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.
John Koshak
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Did not enjoy, his newer ones are soooo much better
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
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.
even though i appreciate the plot,the book did not excite me.. it was a bit dragging in the beginning but the climax was too fast.
A wild romp in southern Texaa. Political intrigue and serial killers. Starts slow but has a pretty good finish.
I've really enjoyed his other books but this one felt a bit amateur
Jul 21, 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
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
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
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.
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.
Lesha Symons ervin
Suspensful and exciting.
Jeff Dickison
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
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.
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.
Kathy kennedy
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.
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.
Rajesh Kumar
very good crime thriller. took a while for adapting to the narration style of author, but liked his style. suspense is carried out till the end, surprised when everything got unfolded in the end.
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.
The first book I read by Abbott was Collision which was great, this book has been hard to get into. I never stop reading a book once I start. It's not horrible but not amazing either.
I have read his other series with Jordan Poteet, and this isn't even close in quality. Don't know that I will read others in the series, as this was a disappointment.
Enjoyable Crime thriller based in South Texas, quick moving read with some interesting characters - I look forward to future novels in the series..
Des mensonges, des trahisons, des histoires de famille...mais par dessus tout,
que s'est-il réellement passé ?
Une bonne enquête :)
I love the way Jeff writes. Whit is such a great character and just the thought of him being a Judge is just to funny.
Cracking read- neatly plotted crime thriller, set in coastal Texas. Good characters, zippy dialogue, dark and funny
A fantastic read. The twists and turns are ones you just don't see coming!
Un thriller bien sympa.
J'ai envie de continuer avec l'auteur :)
Jun 23, 2007 Nivi_pooh rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thriller Lovers
An adrenaline fueled and twists filled thrill ride of pure suspense
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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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