Trouble in Mind
The Collected Stories, Volume 3
By Jeffery Deaver
(Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9781455526796, 496pp.)
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
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Fiendish suspense. Shocking twists.
Twelve diabolical tales.
New York Times bestselling author and highly acclaimed storyteller Jeffery Deaver-the undisputed "grand master of the plot twist" (Booklist)-returns with a dazzling new collection of short stories. In these twelve electrifying tales (including six written just for this anthology) Deaver proves once again his genius for the unexpected-in his world, appearances are always deceiving.
A devoted housekeeper embarks on a quest to find the truth behind her employer's murder. A washed-up Hollywood actor gets one last, high-stakes chance to revive his career. A man makes an impulsive visit to his hometown, and learns more about his past than he bargained for. Two Olympic track hopefuls receive terrorist threats. And Deaver's beloved series characters Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance, and John Pellam return in stories now in print for the first time.
Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at www.JefferyDeaver.com.
"This new collection from the maestro of the plot twist is a no-brainer for fans of tightly plotted short fiction: a dozen stories (some of them previously published) that showcase Deaver's gifts for story construction, character design, and out-of-left-field surprises... Deaver's novels, as his fans know, are intricate and deceptive; the most exciting thing about the stories is the way the author carries over the intricacy and deception to the shorter length. Required reading for the author's fans."—Booklist
"Fans of the genre's most indefatigable prestidigitator are in for a treat: The third volume of his short stories may be his best."—Kirkus (STARRED review)
"Deaver brings his A-game to everything he does...and his short stories are no exception....It is an addictive experience, to say the least, full of surprises and twists and turns of many different sorts, all of it shot through with the superior tradecraft to which Deaver demands of himself."—BookReporter.com
"In Mr. Deaver's kaleidoscope world, the odds seem to change with each turn of the page."—The Wall Street Journal
"Deaver's infernal puzzle mysteries invariably inspire words like devious, diabolical, and devilish, all of which apply to XO. It's Dance's toughest case, and one of Deaver's best books."—The New York Times Book Review on XO
"Not even the brilliant Rhyme can foresee the shocking twists the case will take in this electrically charged thriller."—Publishers Weekly, (Starred Review) on The Burning Wire
"A taut psychological thriller from a masterful crime writer, proving Deaver just gets better with each new novel."—June 2010 Indie Next List Great Reads list on The Burning Wire
"Deaver's scarily believable depiction of identity theft in a total-surveillance society stokes our paranoia. A -."—Entertainment Weekly on The Broken Window