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Trouble in Mind: The Collected Stories, Volume 3 Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Mar 2014

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  • Audio CD: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (4 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478925469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478925460
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,467,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best psychological thriller writer around. (The Times)

If you want thrills, Deaver is your man. (Guardian)

Deaver never disappoints. (Independent on Sunday)

A master of misdirection. (Evening Standard)

One of the world's best plotters. (Daily Mail)

Grand master of the ticking-clock thriller. (Kathy Reichs) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A unique collection of short stories from the Number One bestselling master of misdirection Jeffery Deaver, author of THE BONE COLLECTOR. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As a dyed-in-the-wool Deaver fan, reviewing his work is difficult, mainly because choosing the parameters against which to measure the best in class is a tricky business; do I compare to other writers or to earlier JD work? So I must say, at the outset, that these are all Jeffery Deaver stories and so are, by definition, far above the average to begin with. But much of the praise stops there.

There are 12 stories in this anthology. Some are exceptionally short and others are quite lengthy. My grumble here is with the publishers as it seems, to me, that they seek to cash in on the 'Deaver wave' by publishing these shorter stories in a variety of books so that, to get to a couple of new stories, an avid fan has to also buy several that he/she has read previously. That's the case here as, not only had I already read all three stories that are within the recently released 'Triple Threat' ('Fast', 'Game' and 'Paradise'), but I had read 'A Textbook Case' which had previously been published as a stand alone short novel. That means that one third of this book was old material for me. And at £9.49 for this Kindle version, that isn't cheap and means that I threw £3.16 away. It would be nice (but stupid) of the publishers to print on these books that there's no point in buying 'Triple Threat' if you've already read 'Trouble In Mind' as they are exactly the same stories.

Unfortunately, these four stories are also not among Mr D's best work either. 'Fast' has a very thin plot and the end is telegraphed way in advance. In fact, anyone who has seen the TV show in which Derren Brown steals a painting will have, essentially, read this book.
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For the quality of the stories this book is easily worth 5 stars - fans of Jeffery Deaver certainly won't be disappointed with the storytelling.

However, why do publishers insist on repackaging books in order to trick readers into paying twice for the same thing? No sooner had I downloaded the book to my Kindle I had a distinct sense of deja vu, and sure enough I had recently read 3 of the stories from another Kindle download that I had recently purchased.

If this had been the hard copy of the book I would have immediately returned it, but of course Kindle purchases don't have that option so that's £9.49 wasted.

So far the stories that I didn't already own have been up to scratch, but do yourself a favour and don't waste money on a cynical repackage by the publishers.
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So Jeffrey joins the rest in repackaging previous stories - the product details should have made it clear that the first 3 lengthy stories have previously been published, which means that Deaver fans are paying twice - and at £9.49, that's no joke. The stories are all good but the book is tainted by a feeling of having been conned.
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I love Jeffrey Deaver however I guessed the plots of the first few stories straight away then gave up reading the tale about the truck losing its brakes after a few pages and deleted the book from my kindle. Sorry Mr Deaver but I hated this book.
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This book hasn't held my interest so it will be going back on the bookshelf unread. I've only managed one story (Fast) and as the other reviewer has said, you do get a distinct sense of deja vu. Some of the tales in this book have appeared as stand alone purchases - A Textbook Case for example was published in April last year and is still available today (4 April 14) to buy on its own for 99p!

I would have preferred this to have been a completely new collection from JD and also for at least one of the stories to have been just one page with a nice big twist! Now that would have been a challenge! I do like Jeffery Deaver and will continue to buy/read his books but I'm not the fan I was. I found even in the short story format, he found it necessary to remind us about the background to his characters. Very annoying!

If you are new to Jeffery Deaver then this is worth a look but if you are a die hard fan, I'd recommend checking out what stories are included before purchase as you will probably find you have read them all before. For me, its going to be a book to dip in and out of as and when I want a JD fix !
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Jeffery Deaver is one of my favourite thriller writers but I’m never quite so sure about his short stories. Why? The master’s technique is to lure the reader into perhaps a cliff edge scenario which turns out to be a harmless step down or a climatic confrontation transformed into a harmless encounter. His most successful wheeze is guiding the reader into identifying ‘the perp’, the motive, the method or even ‘the vic’ – and then show the reader’s on the wrong path, or even in the wrong garden! This takes time and short stories don’t give that amount of latitude. The author admits all this in the introduction to the subject of this review but he makes a gallant attempt at overcoming such restraints
All this applies to ‘trouble in mind’ (2014) which contains 15 stories, of which 6 are new. Some have masterly twists and double-twists (e.g. ‘Game’ and ‘The Weapon’). The reader might find themselves in the wrong ball-park (‘The Competitors’ or ‘The Plot’). I wondered whether the lengthy ‘Forever’ was included as a try-out for a new thriller character (Tal Simms); if so, he might prove interesting. I found some disappointing ( ‘The Obit’, ‘The Bump’, ‘Fast’ and ‘The Therapist’) for a variety of reasons– mainly for the danger the author recognises with short stories i.e. lack of space.. ‘Paradice’ for me proved a mixed blessing – like the other John Pelham stories. He seems to tumble into mysteries ill-equipped and stumble out because the solution smacks him in the face.
In both ‘The Weapon’ and ‘The Reconciliation’ the reader climbs a hill towards the horizon and then suddenly finds he’s looking the wrong way! I guessed ‘A Textbook Case’ some way back, was congratulating myself and then slipped on the last banana skin.
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