“If Raymond Chandler were reincarnated as a novelist in south Florida, he couldn’t nail it any better than John Dufresne.”—Carl Hiaasen
John Dufresne has been hailed by the New York Times as “an original talent . . . [whose] humor is frightfully dark, but . . . dazzling.” I Don’t Like Where This Is Going continues the misadventures of therapist-on-the-run Wylie “Coyote” Melville. Wylie has witnessed a woman falling to her death outside the Luxor Hotel. Troubled by the ensuing cover-up, he becomes a man on a mission, enlisting the help of his old friend, an ace card player and master magician, to help find answers. The duo’s escapades range from poker tables to desert highways, from bordellos to child beauty pageants, resulting in a thoroughly satisfying and hilarious whodunit.
Dufresne's droll second novel featuring Wylie "Coyote" Melville (after 2013's No Regrets, Coyote) finds the psychological therapist and amateur detective in Las Vegas, Nev., where he has traveled with his friend and sometime crime-solving partner, Bay Lettique, a professional poker player and magician, to escape mobsters in their native south Florida. Melville and Lettique are enjoying cocktails one afternoon in the atrium of the Luxor Hotel when medical researcher Layla Davis falls to her death in front of them. After the local authorities cover up her death, Melville discovers that Davis came from Memphis to rescue her sister, who has descended into prostitution and drug addiction. In his quest for answers, Melville runs up against an assortment of gangsters, lowlifes, and nutcases seemingly indigenous to Vegas. Dufresne's mix of hard-boiled action and a great deal of bleak humor makes for a potent and compelling brew.