Trouble in Mind: The Collected Stories, Volume 3

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
05/26/2014
This multinarrator effort enlivens the masterful plot twists in Deaver’s 12 stories. Among the stories, “Fast” finds investigator Kathryn Dance in a battle of wits with a playful terrorist who won’t reveal the whereabouts of a bomb planted in Monterrey, Calif. Narrator Kate Reading does a splendid job of increasing the suspense as the clock ticks. Keith Szarabajka lends a gruff, hardboiled tone to a high-stakes celebrity poker game in “Bump.” Dennis Boutsikaris delivers crisp renditions of two yarns featuring the author’s most popular hero, Lincoln Rhyme: “A Textbook Case,” in which a canny killer checkmates the brilliant paraplegic sleuth’s penchant for finding clues by emptying cans of garbage over the crime scene; and “The Obit,” in which Deaver finds a unique way of providing readers with a detailed dossier on Rhyme. Boutsikaris also is responsible for the jaunty vocal mood that permeates “Forever,” a novella that is the collection’s longest, last, and, arguably, best entry. A Hachette hardcover. (Mar.)
The Wall Street Journal
"In Mr. Deaver's kaleidoscope world, the odds seem to change with each turn of the page."
The New York Times Book Review on XO
"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."
June 2010 Indie Next List Great Reads list on The Burning Wire
"A taut psychological thriller from a masterful crime writer, proving Deaver just gets better with each new novel."
Entertainment Weekly on The Broken Window
"Deaver's scarily believable depiction of identity theft in a total-surveillance society stokes our paranoia. A -."
From the Publisher
"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

Publishers Weekly
01/27/2014
The 12 tales in bestseller Deaver’s third story collection (after 2006’s More Twisted) abound in shrewd detection and twists. In “Fast,” series lead Kathryn Dance and colleagues attempt to stop a terrorist attack. Another series character, Lincoln Rhyme, figures in “A Textbook Case” and “The Obit.” Deaver’s fondness for cons and sleights of hand is evident in such selections as “Game,” inspired by a real case involving the murder of a New York socialite; “Bump,” in which an aging actor agrees to a reality-show poker game; and “The Plot,” in which a writer’s death seems suspicious to his biggest fan, who’s also a homicide cop. Both “The Therapist” and the novella “Forever” pose questions about madness, genius, and whether what appears evil might really be visionary. As Deaver explains in the introduction, he doesn’t like loose ends, and he’s sometimes overzealous in connecting all the dots. Still, both fans and new readers should be engrossed by these lively tales of crime and deception. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"In Mr. Deaver's kaleidoscope world, the odds seem to change with each turn of the page."—The Wall Street Journal

"Outstanding, gripping, brilliant, spectacular."—Publishers Weekly on Twisted: The Collected Stories of Jeffery Deaver

"Every one of these gems includes at least one act of narrative sleight of hand: sometimes it's a subtle shift in direction, but more often it's a neck-wrenching, right-angle turn."—Booklist on Twisted, Volume II

"A mystery hit for those who like their intrigue short and sweet... they feature tight, bare-bones plotting and the sneaky tricks that Mr. Deaver's title promises."—New York Times on Twisted: The Collected Stories of Jeffery Deaver

Library Journal
10/01/2013
Including Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance, and John Pellam stories, this collection also features four pieces that first appeared as ebook originals.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-20
Fans of the genre's most indefatigable prestidigitator are in for a treat: The third volume of his short stories (More Twisted, 2006, etc.) may be his best. "I hate ambiguous endings!" Deaver announces in his prefatory Author's Note. Fair enough, but there's plenty of ambiguity, some of it teasing, some of it nerve-wracking, in the middle of most of these dozen tales from the past ten years. Deaver regulars Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance appear in a pair of stories—he tangles with an exceptionally messy serial killer in "A Textbook Case"; she battles the clock to extract information from a white supremacist about the terrorist plot that's about to bear fruit in "Fast"—that could have been sketches for their novels. In "Paradice," Hollywood location scout John Pellam crashes his truck, its brakes shot, into the western burg of Gurney and multiple betrayals. "Reconciliation" begins in a more ruminative vein, as a man returns to his hometown in the hope of somehow reconnecting with his uncaring late father, but ends with the usual Deaver surprises. Best of all are "The Weapon," another interrogation, this one with a sharper-edged punch line; "The Therapist," whose hero has a unique way of attracting and helping new clients; and "Bump," in which a has-been actor ends up in a reality TV poker show whose stakes are higher than he can imagine. The only real disappointments are "The Obit," an undernourished and eminently predictable tale that begins with Lincoln Rhyme's obituary, and "Forever," whose opening question—why are so many aging couples engaging in murder-suicide pacts?—bogs down in disjointed plot twists and an ending that's, well, too ambiguous. Deaver describes five of these stories as new, and his publisher identifies five more as reprints. One of the others, "Bump," is a reprint as well. But what about "The Competitors," a routine tale of terrorism at the Olympics? It's just one more mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478925460
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 432,843
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffery  Deaver
The author of two collections of short stories and 28 previous suspense novels, Deaver is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers' Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire.
Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently short-listed for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. He lives in North Carolina.
For further information, visit www.jefferydeaver.com.

Biography

Born just outside Chicago in 1950 to an advertising copywriter father and stay-at-home mom, Jeffery Deaver was a writer from the start, penning his first book (a brief tome just two chapters in length) at age 11. He went on to edit his high school literary magazine and serve on the staff of the school newspaper, chasing the dream of becoming a crack reporter.

Upon earning his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Deaver realized that he lacked the necessary background to become a legal correspondent for the high-profile publications he aspired to, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, so he enrolled at Fordham Law School. Being a legal eagle soon grew on Deaver, and rather than continue on as a reporter, he took a job as a corporate lawyer at a top Wall Street firm. Deaver's detour from the writing life wasn't to last, however; ironically, it was his substantial commute to the law office that touched off his third -- and current -- career. He'd fill the long hours on the train scribbling his own renditions of the kind of fiction he enjoyed reading most: suspense.

Voodoo, a supernatural thriller, and Always a Thief, an art-theft caper, were Deaver's first published novels. Produced by the now-defunct Paperjacks paperback original house, the books are no longer in print, but they remain hot items on the collector circuit. His first major outing was the Rune series, which followed the adventures of an aspiring female filmmaker in the power trilogy Manhattan Is My Beat (1988), Death of a Blue Movie Star (1990), and Hard News (1991).

Deaver's next series, this one featuring the adventures of ace movie location scout John Pellam, featured the thrillers Shallow Graves (1992), Bloody River Blues (1993), and Hell's Kitchen (2001). Written under the pen name William Jefferies, the series stands out in Deaver's body of work, primarily because it touched off his talent for focusing more on his vivid characters than on their perilous situations.

In fact, it is his series featuring the intrepid and beloved team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs that showcases Deaver at the top of his game. Confronting enormous odds (and always under somewhat gruesome circumstances), the embittered detective and his feisty partner and love interest made their debut in 1991's grisly caper The Bone Collector, and hooked fans for four more books: The Coffin Dancer (1998), The Empty Chair (2000), The Stone Monkey (2002), and The Vanishing Man(2003). Of the series, Kirkus Reviews observed, "Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to turbocharged plots that put Benzedrine to shame."

On the creation of Rhyme, who happens to be a paraplegic, Deaver explained to Shots magazine, "I wanted to create a Sherlock Holmes-ian kind of character that uses his mind rather than his body. He solves crimes by thinking about the crimes, rather than someone who can shoot straight, run faster, or walk into the bar and trick people into giving away the clues."

As for his reputation for conjuring up some of the most unsavory scenes in pop crime fiction, Deaver admits on his web site, "In general, I think, less is more, and that if a reader stops reading because a book is too icky then I've failed in my obligation to the readers."

Good To Know

Deaver revises his manuscripts "at least 20 or 30 times" before his publishers get to even see a version.

Two of his books have been made into major feature films. The first was A Maiden's Grave (the film adaptation was called Dead Silence), which starred James Garner and Marlee Matlin. The Bone Collector came next, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Deaver has also been a folksinger, songwriter, music researcher, and professional poet.

Deaver's younger sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is a fellow author who writes novels for young adults.

In our interview with Deaver, he reveals, "My inspiration for writing is the reader. I want to give readers whatever will excite and please them. It's absolutely vital in this business for authors to know their audience and to write with them in mind."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Jefferies, Jeffery Wilds Deaver
    2. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 6, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
    2. Website:

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Warm Up to Novel Release

    Great story and a good character introduction for any one who has never read Deaver. Unusually straightforward in delivery with very little twists that are a hallmark of his writing. Lincoln Rhyme continues to evolve as a character with a plot element that I will not reveal here. Waiting impatiently for "The Kill Room" out on June 4th.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Great book!

    All of the Lincoln Rhyme books are excellent ! I just wish he would write more of them!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    good

    didn't realize this was a short story. He is a good author and I prefer novels. Still a good book

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

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    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Fans of Jeffery D

    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

    Fans of Jeffery Deaver will be thrilled with his latest offering “Triple Threat: 3 Original Short Stories.” Fans will be thrilled with the return of Kathryn Dance, a police officer with a special talent for reading body language, in 'Fast'. In this short story she is working on a case of domestic terrorism. A bomb is hidden and 200 lives are at stake. However, this suspect is unreadable so she must resort to trickery. The second story 'Game' revolves around a missing wealthy woman assumed dead. Her housekeeper hires a private detective to locate the body. This tale is based on an actual crime. In 'Paradise', John Pellam returns as usual trouble surrounds him. Pellam was driving down a mountainous road when his brakes failed. A woman decked him leaving his faced bruised. Despite her bruised knuckles Pellam can’t help but admire her beauty. The sheriff questioned Pellam concerning a recent murder. While the sheriff seemed to believe him there was naturally a bit of suspicion that overshadows any strangers at a time like that. Soon Pellam found himself searching for the murderer to protect his own life.

    All three stories are well written although I felt 'Paradise' and 'Fast' were of a much higher quality than 'Game'. My review is on the audio format of “Triple Threat.” January LaVoy and Kevin T. Collins are the narrators. They both did an excellent job of adding just the right inflections to convey the proper ambiance of the emotions and actions. This is a very short book making for a quick read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Highly recommend

    A GREAT read, just as all other Deaver books are!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Bro

    Ok see yo

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Hi

    Lets do it in reall life

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Good but not great

    Good short story but not great by Deaver standards. Left me wanting more details.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Jeffert Deaver is on of those authors who will keep you up all night. He has a way of putting characters together which keep you guessing what is going to happen next. This is no different it starts right of and keep you on reading and putting the clues together with Rhyme and Sachs. I read it in one night that is how much I enjoyed it. So if you are flying taking a train or just being lazy and want a good read this is the one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

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    Whether you are a Jeffery Deaver fan, or just want to try out hi

    Whether you are a Jeffery Deaver fan, or just want to try out his work, this book is a great read. 

    Many of you may be familiar with Jeffery Deaver through his Lincoln Rhyme or Kate Daniels books.  Although he has been on my To Read list as an author, I have yet to read any of his books, mainly because I have so many series going currently that I have been reluctant to start another one.  I found that reading this book of short stories was the perfect way for me to acquaint myself with his writing. 




    As it turns out, Deaver has been writing short stories for years.  As it states in the sub-title, Trouble in Mind,  is his third published volume of short stories.  The author himself says in the Author's Note to Trouble in Mind that he began writing at age 11 with a short story (two chapters in length).  His latest effort is comprised of 12 stories, most of them in the mystery/crime genre that established readers of Deaver's books would expect.  For those of you who love his series, there are two Lincoln Rhyme stories, one Katherine Dance and one John Pellam.  Don't worry, though, if you are not familiar with the series.  I read and enjoyed all four of the stories and did not feel lost at all.  In fact, I thought they were a great way to introduce me to his series and characters.  A way to "try them on for size" you might say. The volume includes six other stories in the crime genre, all of which are excellent. 




     In addition to the mystery stories there were two stories with a more sci-fi or fantasy bent.  Deaver himself calls these "genre benders" and tells us that one thing he likes about writing short stories is that they "allow an author to step out of genre more easily than novels do."  I would say he did a good job stepping out of genre, as one of these stories, "Forever" was my favorite from the whole book. 




    To be honest, though, I loved every one of the stories in this compilation, and cannot wait to read more by this author.  In addition, I am anxious to start at least one of his series, as the stories included here peaked my interest in them.  Since I live in Northern California, I may start with the Katherine Dance books as they take place in the local area where I live.  Whether you are a tried and true Jeffery Deaver fan, or just someone who wants to explore his work, I would recommend Trouble in Mind.   For me it was a great place to start with Jeffery Deaver's work.




    Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for making this title available through Netgalley in exchange for my review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    For Jeffery Deaver readers

    Always good stories, even when they are short like this one. Because it was so short, it didn't have time to lead you down the 'wrong trail' as most of his stories do--but it is still very interesting. I buy anything by Jeffery Deaver. Period. The way he explains all of his clues, behavior of suspects, etc., always keeps me intereste and turning the page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Lorrie

    Good book

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    An average book

    Just an average book. Interesting line, easy to follow. A good book to just relax with.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Great short story!

    All of Jeffery Deaver's books are great whether short story or long. This one is up there with the rest of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Typical Lincoln Rhyme - Loved it

    The story keeps your interest and is an easy read. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Short and sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Short & sweet!!!

    I always enjoy a "Lincoln Rhyme" story - this was a good one!!

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite Another day on

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

    Another day on the crime beat or so it would seem until one realizes that the perpetrator has buried all evidence of their horrific crime. Literally buried, the scene is covered in garbage, paint, and chemicals that make it impossible for the crime scene investigators to get any traces of evidence for their lab. When another crime repeats the first, it becomes obvious that the perpetrator understands the relevance of trace evidence and how to avoid getting caught. Normal tactics are not going to work. After all, Mr. Rhyme's apartment is bursting with bags of evidence that are proving to be useless. It's too clean, too...textbook. As the team struggles to find any leads, it occurs to them that these crimes could have been done by using the information found in textbooks that Lincoln Rhyme has written in the past. Now to find that needle in the haystack: the person who has the book and is capable of committing such brutal acts.

    Jeffery Deaver has done it again with this short Lincoln Rhyme story. A Textbook Case takes us through a horrific crime scene that draws the reader so close to the action that one might forget that they are not really witnessing it. While it felt like the story could have developed more and been a high quality full length novel, it is packed enough with gripping information to make the story work. This is one of those crummy day weekend reads as it can be finished in a day. Break out the popcorn and cuddle up to the throw blanket...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Excellent Lincoln Rhyme thriller

    What I've come to expect from Mr. Deaver. Intricate story line with a twist the only Lincoln can see. Sad but it was too short a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Lunar

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Gwen

    I want you to go. I gtg for a while and I want you to have a little fun. Cya.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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