Trouble in Mind: The Collected Stories, Volume 3 (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, Version intégrale
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"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
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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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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.
I prefer to read short stories one at a time and savor them with a cup of coffee in the morning to begin my day rather than to rush through them with the intent to get to another one, much as I imagine the writer puts them out. I find them more enjoyable this way.
I have to confess that my reading of Jeffrey Deaver is mostly limited to the Lincoln Rhyme series. I find those fascinating and I've only bought one other book that was not a Rhyme book, The Empty Chair which I enjoyed immensely. This is due to financial limitations, not because I don't want to read other books by him though. I am unable to go to the library and haven't found his available to borrow over the Kindle in my area.
I was delighted by this collection of stories, I had not read any of them before but even if I had I would not complain. Unless I had a photographic memory I am sure re-reading one or more would have allowed me to pick up something I missed the first read through.
It would be extremely difficult to pick one favorite for me in this collection, there are puzzlers, what I call 'got-cha's' where you think you have it all figured out and get to the very last sentence and boom, one word is changed and you're like "Wowsers" I did not see that coming. Those are my favorites, I understand they were popular on Twilight Zone.
The story Bump has stayed with me longest out of the non Lincoln Rhyme stories in the book. No spoilers but what would you do to gain back your 'glory days'? What would you be willing to partake in to be on top again, king of the world, when things were at their best? This story deals with that and the trappings of success.
Both of the Rhymes-Sachs stories in the book are in my opinion excellent: my favorite being, A Textbook Case.
If you like a mixture with your cops and robbers stories, this book will fill your menu completely in my opinion.
I received an ARC from Net Gallery in exchange for my honest opinion and the option of reviewing it.