cover image Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Michael Wiley. Severn, $28.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8981-2

This solid series launch from Wiley (the Daniel Turner series) introduces Sam Kelson, who was an undercover cop in Chicago until a bullet wound to the head in the line of duty left him with two unusual brain conditions: disinhibition, causing Kelson to speak his mind without hesitation, and autopagnosia, making him unable to recognize himself in a mirror. Two years later, Kelson is off the force, divorced, and struggling to support himself as a PI. His life becomes even more challenging after an attractive woman, Trina Felbanks, approaches him for help with her pharmacist brother, Christian, who’s been illegally selling prescription drugs to his friends. Despite Kelson admitting that he’s incapable of discretion, Trina retains him. After Kelson fails to find Christian at his pharmacy, he goes to his quarry’s apartment, only to find the man dead of a gunshot wound. Moments later, a Chicago PD team arrives and arrests Kelson for the murder. Once freed, Kelson must solve the crime to save his own skin. Wiley keeps the twists coming. Fans of differently abled detectives will look forward to the sequel. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary. (Jan.)