Trouble in Mind: The Collected Stories, Vol. 3

Jeffery Deaver, Author, Elijah Alexander, Read by, Kate Reading, Read by, Dennis Boutsikaris, Read by, Jim Frangione, Read by, Erik Singer, Read by, Keith Szarabajka, Read by
Jeffrey Deaver, read by multiple narrators. Hachette Audio, , unabridged, 14 CDs, 17 hrs., $35 ISBN 978-1-4789-2546-0
Reviewed on: 05/26/2014
Release date: 03/01/2014
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.)
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