Trouble in Mind: The Collected Stories, Volume 3

By Jeffery Deaver

Fiendish suspense. stunning twists.
Twelve diabolical tales.

New York Times bestselling writer and hugely acclaimed storyteller Jeffery Deaver-the undisputed "grand grasp of the plot twist" (Booklist)-returns with a blinding new choice of brief tales. In those twelve electrifying stories (including six written only for this anthology) Deaver proves once more his genius for the unexpected-in his international, appearances are continuously deceiving.

A dedicated housekeeper embarks on a quest to discover the reality in the back of her employer's homicide. A washed-up Hollywood actor will get one final, high-stakes probability to restore his occupation. a guy makes an impulsive stopover at to his native land, and learns extra approximately his previous than he bargained for. Olympic song hopefuls obtain terrorist threats. And Deaver's loved sequence characters Lincoln Rhyme, Kathryn Dance, and John Pellam go back in tales now in print for the 1st time.

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He’d spent loads of time in deserts and it looked as if it would him that the grit in Colorado, Gurney specifically, was once the sharpest and such a lot abrasive. mind's eye most likely. He lifted his head and orientated himself, then adjusted path. Pellam walked earlier an deserted one-story development that were a video shop. You rarely observed any of those anymore. As a person within the undefined, he’d by no means rather loved videotape or DVDs. And he didn’t like streaming video clips in your computing device or via your television, even though gargantuan was once your Samsung or Sony. there has been an intimacy approximately going to a theater to observe a film. lighting happening, the hush of the gang, then experiencing the photographs huge and loud and awash with the reactions of each person else. That was once how videos may be— no matter what hit him weighed fifty kilos effortless. It shattered the vodka and whiskey and despatched Pellam tumbling into the road. yet stuntman instincts by no means really depart. He rolled instead of impacted, diffusing the power. And in a soft movement he sprang up, flexing his correct hand to work out if it used to be broken—it wasn’t. fists and he was once able to struggle. The assailant, even though, wasn’t. He used to be already sprinting clear of the assault, throughout the brush. Pellam couldn’t see him sincerely, yet he famous that it appeared the guy had a backpack on. attention-grabbing… Pellam used to be approximately to head after him, yet glanced towards the camper, a couple of hundred ft away, and observed the physique mendacity at the floor. In darkish garments. Hell, was once it Hannah? He ran ahead and stopped quickly. No, it used to be the kingdom Patrol trooper. He used to be mendacity on his again, one leg instantly, the opposite up, knee crooked. His throat have been slit, deep. A lake of blood surrounded his head and neck. His holster was once empty. Bootprints led from the physique into the woods at the back of the carrier station. Then a man’s voice from within reach: “Help me! ” Pellam spun round. From the fix store Rudy staggered towards the road. He’d been stabbed or struck at the head and blood cascaded right down to his shoulder. He was once observing his hand, lined with the pink liquid. “What’s this? What’s this? ” He used to be hysterical. Pellam ran to the mechanic. The wound wasn’t deep—a blow to the again of the top, it appeared. He eased the guy to the floor and located a rag, filthy, yet possibly saturated with adequate petrochemical elements to render it quite germ unfastened. He pressed it opposed to the wound. Hannah? Pellam ran to the camper and flung the door open. “Any signal of—? ” Hannah’s query skidded to a halt as she regarded him over, coated with the fragrant dregs of whiskey and vodka, which glued dirt and grime to his physique. “Jesus. What’s happening? ” Pellam opened the tiny compartment beside the door. He took out his vintage Colt . forty five Peacemaker, a cowboy gun, and loaded it. Slipped it into his again waistband. “Trooper’s lifeless, Rudy’s harm. someone decked me. i feel it used to be your hitchhiker. I couldn’t see needless to say yet i believe so. ” “The poet? ” “Yep. ” “You have a gun? Where’d you get a gun? ” “Wait the following. ” Recalling that Taylor might have the trooper’s weapon, he opened the camper door slowly and stepped into the wind.

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