The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed by a powerful gossip website called Slander Sheet, which specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians. Their top reporter has written an exposé claiming that he had liaisons with an escort, a young woman willing to appear on video and tell the world her salacious yet convincing tale. But the chief justice is not without formidable allies, and his greatest supporter is determined to stop the story in its tracks.
Nick Heller is a private spy—a private intelligence operative based in Boston, hired by lawyers, politicians, and even foreign governments. Known as both a maverick and a dedicated, high-powered investigator, he’s called to Washington, DC, to help out in this delicate, potentially explosive situation.
Nick has just forty-eight hours to prove the story about the chief justice is baseless. But when the call girl is found murdered, the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn, and Nick resolves to find the true mastermind behind the Slander Sheet story before anyone else falls victim to the maelstrom of political scandal and ruined reputations predicated upon one carefully concealed secret.
What I liked: First I have to say, Mr. Finder has an extremely easy to read writing style. What does that mean? It flows along with great description and even though I was reading an ARC, there were no stops and starts. It’s truly a pleasure to read a book that is so well written.
Guilty Minds is the third book in the Nick Heller series. I read the first book, Vanished, and enjoyed it but didn’t have time to read the second, Buried Secrets, before reading Guilty Minds in order to write this review. If I missed any important information from the second book, I couldn’t tell. I didn’t feel lost about the characters at all. Just based on my experience, I feel you could read Guilty Minds without reading the previous two books but why would you want to skip them when Mr. Finder’s writing is so entertaining?
The synopsis pretty much gives you the basis of the story but while Nick solves one problem, his instincts tell him there’s more going on with the situation and when a young girl is murdered, he can’t walk away. I get the idea Heller doesn’t like open questions when involved in a case. Working with disgraced reporter, Mandy Seeger, Nick delves into the background of the anonymous owner of a shady on-line gossip paper, Slander Sheet. Each and every lead makes the case even more mysterious and dangerous.
Besides the excellent writing, Mr. Finder provides some interesting tidbits in his writing. For example, did you know that members of Congress cannot be arrested or detained while Congress is in session except for treason, felony, or breach of peace? Yep, I looked it up. There is enough tension and suspense to keep you reading and guessing about who the “bad guy” is. As a matter of fact, I was taken by surprise with the whole complicated plot and the reveal.
What I didn’t like: While I enjoyed Guilty Minds, it’s not a barn burner of a suspense. It was a solid, good, entertaining read.