New York Times Book Review: "Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature is stirring in John Dufresne’s ghoulishly funny crime novel….Dufresne is an original talent.  His humor is frightfully dark, but it’s also quite dazzling—even by the exacting standards of South Florida crime fiction.”

Florida Times-Union: "Move over Leonard, Hall and Hiaasen. A new king of South Florida noir is ready to be crowned..."

Library Journal: "To my mind, rapier wit and eviscerating insight sum up this classy and darkly witty thriller..."


Tampa Bay Times: "'s a wild ride — a little Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard, a little Carl Hiaasen and Dennis Lehane, a little Thomas Pynchon and a lot of fun."


Shelf Awareness:  "Southern raconteur John Dufresne's fifth novel is a fresh Florida crime story of edgy villains and an endearingly persistent detective/therapist."


Dallas Morning News: " of the most explosive, corrosive and downright audacious finales of any crime novel this year..."

Kirkus Review:  "A ride on a local that’s more fun than some others on an express."

Cleveland Plain Dealer: "No matter how sad, ridiculous, terrifying, poignant, goofy, or heroic a particular passage, Dufresne seems to be having the time of his life fitting sentences together."

Boston Globe: "Dufresne may be playing in a genre pool, but he hasn’t relinquished his literary tools to do so." "Dufresne writes not in a stream of consciousness but the stream of life, seamlessly integrating both character and plot, human behavior ever unpredictable."

Buffalo News: "If you...have a deep love of grand writing, this book is for you."


Chapter 16: "But No Regrets, Coyote is a different animal altogether, a book full of beautifully written sentences and hysterical descriptions that—however random this may seem—Kinky Friedman would probably love. It deserves a permanent spot on the bookshelf."  "Dufresne walks the line between dark humor and violence like something of a magician himself, filling “No Regrets, Coyote” with memorable characters, sly allusions and wisecracks that are wiser than they look..."

Atlanta Journal Constitution: "...we can continue to learn a lot from his Coyote, a seeker whose quest for love and something to believe in dovetails brilliantly with the chaos of a thriller."


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“John Dufresne has created a unique and compelling sleuth in Wylie “Coyote” Melville. His quirky adventures will keep you reading.” — James O. Born, author of the Bill Tasker series

“If anyone has a vision of the world as compellingly particular and compassionate as John Dufresne's, I don't know who. No Regrets, Coyote takes noir fiction and slivers it with shards of humor, ironic insight, and an almost hallucinogenic specificity. This is lean and honest storytelling that is as moving as it is engaging. Read this book. Believe me, you'll have no regrets!” — Andre Dubus III, author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog

“Genuinely funny, genuinely suspenseful crime novels are rare, but No Regrets, Coyote succeeds on both counts. John Dufresne's hilariously dark vision of South Florida brings to mind the work of such masters as Donald Westlake and Elmore Leonard. It's a lurid pleasure from beginning to end.” — Tom Perrotta

“Get ready to read this one twice, people—once to see what happens, and again to savor the sentences. Here American treasure John Dufresne has written a noir, but instead of playing by the rules of noir, he makes noir play by the Rules of Dufresne. And we are the beneficaries. So sit back, put a cooler of beer by your chair, and settle in, you'll be here awhile: No Regrets, Coyote is impossible to close.” — Tom Franklin

“John Dufresne has turned his considerable artistic gifts to the crime novel, and the result, No Regrets, Coyote, is touching, nervy, richly detailed, and populated with a cast of characters who are utterly unique and terrifyingly real. Its humor is abundant and warm-hearted, and its detective hero is unlike any we've ever met before. American crime fiction has just gotten a lot more interesting.” — James W. Hall

No Regrets, Coyote is the total package—beautifully written, filled with unexpected twists, driven by crisp and edgy dialogue. The reader’s happy dilemma is whether to savor the prose or tear through the pages. Nelson DeMille meets Carl Hiassan, and the result (like the ending) is totally satisfying.” — James Grippando

“The ordinary crime novel narrows as it goes, the possibilities limited by deductive reasoning. But John Dufresne's No Regrets, Coyote is an extraordinary novel, expanding until anything seems possible and everyone connects. Steeped in place, wholly original, it is, line-by-line, one of the best books I've read in a long time.” — Laura Lippman

“Engrossing crime drama from a gifted writer, No Regrets, Coyote will please readers of all tastes with its compelling storytelling, fascinating and often funny hero, and beautiful prose. John Dufresne is a writer of enormous talents." — Michael Koryta