Trouble in Mind: The Collected Stories, Volume 3

Trouble in Mind: The Collected Stories, Volume 3

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by Jeffery Deaver, Elijah Alexander, Dennis Boutsikaris

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Publishers Weekly - Audio
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.)
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

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 -."
Library Journal
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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Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

Washington, D.C.
Date of Birth:
May 6, 1950
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

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