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Mind Games [Paperback]

Mr. Claude Bouchard
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26 May 2009
Book 3 of the Barry/McCall Series Montreal is plagued by a string of vicious sex slayings... Captain Dave McCall and his Special Homicide Task Force are in a frustrated frenzy as they try to bring an end to the savage butchery... Assisting officially is noted psychiatrist, Doctor Samuel Bowman and unofficially, computer genius and multi-millionaire, Chris Barry... With each passing day, McCall works his way closer to the truth... Unaware that they are heading deep into the deadly core of... Mind Games...

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Claude/Bouchard (26 May 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0981279023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981279022
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,941,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Montreal, Canada, where I still reside with my spouse, Joanne. I completed my studies in human resources, accounting and management at McGill University and worked in various management capacities in the fields of HR and finance for a handful of firms for what seemed like decades, because it was. I should also mention I love pizza, but who doesn't and, in my opinion, nothing rocks more than cooking on the grill. My first stab at writing was in 1995, the result being my first novel, Vigilante. This was subsequently followed by The Consultant (1996) and Mind Games (1997), all of the same series. Professional obligations and other creative interests led me away from writing for a number of years but I found myself busy at the keyboard in 2009 with The Homeless Killer after having finally published my first three novels. I then followed up with 6 Hours 42 Minutes in 2011, also part of the VIGILANTE series born from Vigilante. In July 2011, I released ASYLUM, my first stand-alone novel and Discreet Activities, my sixth Barry/McCall crime thriller was published in January 2012. In October 2012, I penned and released Something?s Cooking, a faux-erotica parody and cookbook under the pseudonyms Réal E. Hotte and Dasha Sugah. My eighth novel and seventh installment of the VIGILANTE series, Femme Fatale, was released in late February 2013. I think I'm really starting to like this writing thing. Besides writing, editing and promoting my work, I also spend some artistic energy with my five guitars, oil paints and watercolours. Other passions include cooking (big time with fine wine to go with it, of course), reading, traveling and working out just enough to stay fit. It should also be noted that following several years of practice, I now excel at being cat furniture for Krystalle and Midnight, or so they tell me. You can visit my website at http://www.claudebouchardbooks.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Games - Claude Bouchard 26 Sep 2012
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Mind Games (VIGILANTE Series) I am a very busy bloke and do not have time to read books. I don't think I have EVER read three in such quick succession as Claude Bouchard's wonderful Vigilante series. Vigilante itself was brilliant, followed by The Consultant and I have now just devoured Mind Games. Another one that I simply couldn't put down and the ending was absolutely what I wasn't expecting!! The characters and are crafted in a beautifully gruesome way and are eccentric yet absolutely believable as is the story itself!! I have already bought the next in the series, The Homeless Killer and will be starting it when I have written this! Keep 'em coming Mr Bouchard....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Enjoying This Series 29 May 2013
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I really enjoyed this latest in the series of Vigilante books, much more so than the last one. I removed one star for the niggling little errors in it...missing apostrophes and small words-like a or the and then push and not pushed, call and not called. Silly mistakes that an editor should be picking up and I made the same complaint in my review of his last book and they're the same in this one.
I still really like the Chris Barry character and his wife Sandy and look forward to more in the series. I did guess whodunit around a third of the way in but that didn't spoil it in any way. I'd highly recommend this set of stories. They're always fast-paced and easy reading but interesting too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... and better. 20 Feb 2013
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Claude Bouchard brings considerable writing skill to bear upon what is a great plot with some excellent twists. The Vigilante Series is a trilogy that will be staying on my Kindle for keeps. I thoroughly recommend reading all three books to any who likes a well written thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the good work... 7 Feb 2013
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Some reviewers have commented that Mind Games is downhill from Claude's previous books. I disagree. I found this an enjoyable continuation of the series. It takes a different route, concentrating on a series of psycho killings rather than the Vigilante himself (although he obviously stars in the killer(s)' apprehension). The characters from previous books are still "in character", and the story is plausible - although with some holes and inconsistencies as highlighted in previous reviews. Despite these, I found the story held my attention and the Kindle edition was generally without errors (I also noticed "recuperate the newspaper" but Kindle's own dictionary says it also means to "recover or regain", so it's not altogether wrong, just a bit odd). Overall, I think I can put Claude somewhere well above average in my list of "authors to look out for", and there's a lot of so-called best sellers who fall short of that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars time to read 28 Jan 2013
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might of been me but it took awhile to get into it but might try another by the same author
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 17 Jan 2013
By chick
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Do your self a favour read the three books and enjoy the twist and turns. I am not saying anything about story don't want to spoil it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Last Straw 15 Jan 2013
By Antony
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The downward trend continues which is a shame because I think CB is able to write much, much better.
From the police procedural aspect this is laughable. For example we had a possible sighting of a serial killer in a bar. The police rush there, ignore a car fleeing from the immediate area (and never bother later to check who owns a tan BMW in the city), interview none of the customers for a description, and don't bother to pick up and fingerprint the suspect's glass etc. etc.
The whole thing is as sloppy as 'The Consultant' predecessor. Anyone who doesn't guess the 'twist' before a third of the way through probably isn't paying attention. I am poor at discovering who did it in a whodunit and I knew the answer before my Kindle said 18% read which does rather detract from the tale. The idea is good but very poorly executed.
My other complaint is the dialogue, particularly between Chris and Dave, which is generally utterly banal or downright unlikely. Captain of detectives Dave 'BURST with laughter' (my capitals) after Chris said 'I get you' and nodded with a wink. Really!
There are other examples of strange word usage. Dave 'recuperated the morning paper on the front doorstep' and 'he was busy at something which impassioned him'.
The interaction between Sandy and Chris is also utterly shallow.
Occasionally bursts of unnecessary adverbs mar the prose. For example: 'greeted her brightly', 'nodded grimly', 'asked suspiciously', 'grinned sheepishly' all within a dozen lines or so. Nothing wrong with the odd adverb but when they come along in tight groups like London buses they read badly.
I shall not be buying the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not quite as good as the others I've read 8 Jan 2013
By jac
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This was the third book on this series that I read (I know -wrong order, but I had no way of knowing what order they come in)and I really didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. There were several words incorrectly used - lost in translation maybe? - and far too many uses of 'cuz', for because. Please write the word in full if you do any more books Mr Bouchard.

I guessed the plot very early on and was a bit surprised that the police consultant psychiatrist, Barbara, hadn't worked it out.

Others have given the plot, involving murders committed with 4 different MOs but similar in some ways - mutilated genitals being the main one. The problem concerning the police and Discreet Activities group is whether there are four killers or one. An emminent criminal psychiatrist is called in and obviously knows more than he is telling.

For those who didn't guess, the twist at the end will have been a surprise. As with all the books, Chris Barry and Dave McCall return home to their loving wives. There are a lot of innuendos about what activities take place throughout the book!

I am reading my way through the series - in the wrong order - and in spite of the niggles, enjoying it very much.
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