cover image Headed for Trouble

Headed for Trouble

Suzanne Brockmann. Ballantine, $7.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-0-345-52125-5

Diehard fans of bestseller Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series will be happy to see these 12 linked stories and character “interviews,” most previously published, issued in a single volume. Also included are two essays, an interview with Brockmann, a series timeline, and glossary of relevant military terminology. The result is a bit disjointed. In “A Seal and Three Babies,” one of the two original stories, Alyssa is on a mission when Sam and their son, Ash, are caught in the fictional country of Tarafashir during a terrorist attack. Though the story lacks tension, it is a chance to reconnect with popular characters. A “bonus” prequel story featuring the characters from Brockmann’s new Fighting Destiny series is reprinted as well. Readers unfamiliar with the Troubleshooters series will be lost, but the collection will definitely appeal to devoted followers, especially those who missed some of the content published electronically. Agent: Steven Axelrod, the Axelrod Agency. (May)